SEEDS is celebrating a milestone: 2018 is our 10th anniversary!

We are grateful to all of you who have helped make that happen. Whether you have attended one of our free workshops, had a free home energy assessment or solar assessment, and/or donated time and funds to our mission, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) would not be here without you!

Many of you have received our letter in the mail. But to our electronic supporters, we ask that you please consider making a tax-deductible DONATION TODAY  to help us begin our second decade of serving northeastern PA.

 

SEEDS 2017 student interns l to r: Shea Stanton, Lacy Foster, and Nate Mansfield holding Wesley Conklin (horizontal). These students, and many more in past years, receive training on basic building science, then help homeowners save energy by performing free energy assessments! This program helped SEEDS win a 2016 Governor’s award for environmental excellence. 

 

 

 

This year, 2 donors have offered to match all 2017 donations up to $5,000!  Please donate by Dec. 31!

You may be familiar with some of our accomplishments:

  • SEEDS sponsored small-scale wind and solar training for contractors in 2009.
  • SEEDS offers FREE residential energy assessments, saving homeowners in northeastern PA tens of thousands of dollars, and providing unique training and summer jobs for local high school students.
  • SEEDS installed the first solar system on a Habitat home in Pennsylvania in collaboration with Wayne County’s Habitat for Humanity organization and Buselli Solutions. We have since installed another solar thermal system on a Habitat for Humanity home in Pike County.
  • So far, SEEDS has helped 10 nonprofit facilities make energy efficiency upgrades.
  • SEEDS received a 2016 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

But you may not know:

  • SEEDS is one of the proud co-hosts of the Annual FREE Book Swap, made possible by this year’s lead event sponsor, the Wayne County Bar Association. The event will be held on Saturday November 18th at the Park Street Complex auditorium in Honesdale.
  • SEEDS is a proud co-sponsor of The Chamber of the Northern Poconos annual dinner, where we present the Green Business Award each year.
  • SEEDS is working with partners on a comprehensive recycling guide for our area.
  • SEEDS is working with Wayne Highlands School District on their Continued Energy Improvement program, led by some of the high school students.
  • SEEDS is a stakeholder in Finding PA’s Solar Future, helping Pennsylvania reach its renewable energy goals.

SEEDS 2017 student interns l to r: Shea Stanton, Lacy Foster, and Nate Mansfield holding Wesley Conklin (horizontal)

You can read more about SEEDS on our website. Click HERE.

SEEDS is actively engaged in community partnerships including the Pike Wayne Conservation Partnership, comprised of the many environmental organizations that serve both Counties, and the Quarterly Quality Council, created by Wayne County Human Services to bring public and private sectors together to create a healthier community for Wayne County’s most vulnerable residents. SEEDS also serves on Wayne Tomorrow, an initiative with the Wayne County Commissioners, and business/community leaders to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities.  Through our involvement with these organizations, SEEDS has been able to better align our efforts with the needs of the community. And that’s just what we will continue to do with your support.

The reality is that SEEDS is entering 2018 with fewer financial reserves than we have had in recent years. If you are a regular donor, won’t you please consider increasing your contribution? If you are new to SEEDS, please consider making your first donation and joining the growing list of people who are helping usher in a cleaner energy future!

You can mail a check payable to SEEDS (use donation form and envelope provided) or click HERE. A contribution can be made via MasterCard, Visa, Amex, Discover or PayPal. You may even select a monthly sustaining amount! Don’t forget, if you donate by 12/31/17, your gift could be doubled!

All the money raised by this campaign will be used to cover operating expenses, including executive director salary, rent and insurances. It is increasing difficult to get funding for these general expenditures. This annual appeal provides more than half of our operating expenses. Once again, we simply could not do this without you! Thank you for supporting a sustainable future, and being a part of the SEEDS group!

All of us at SEEDS wish you and your family a safe and joyous holiday season!

Sincerely,

David Ford

SEEDS Chair

 

“It is a privilege and an honor to be starting my 6th year with SEEDS. In addition to all the good work SEEDS does in our community, we remain dedicated to transparent and ethical business practices; responding to all of the inquiries and requests from our community; and increasing the community partners on all our initiatives. I invite any/all of you who have an interest in lending a hand, to contact me. You can be an integral part of our next 10 years!” 

                                                                                         – Jocelyn Cramer, Executive Director of SEEDS

 

 

 

6th Annual Free Book Swap Nov 18th for America Recycles Day

Bring your beloved and dusty!

SEEDS and NaturED

 

 

are proud to co-host the 6th annual Free Book Swap, presented this year by our lead sponsor, the Wayne County Bar Association.

This is the only event in Wayne County that knows no limit! No requirements, no limitations, all books. The only goal is see every book into a new home. Whether you bring ten, one or none on Saturday, November 18, you have from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to browse the space and fill your arms (bags and boxes) with literary loot.

Do you have “a whole bunch of books” to drop off? Large quantities (50 or more) are encouraged to arrive early. Place the number of books on the outside of each bag or box for quick calculating! The event’s collection and distribution totals are recorded and submitted to the America Recycles Day website for bragging rights. Large quantities can be unloaded on Thurs., Nov.16 from 5:00 pm -6:30 pm and Fri., Nov.17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The Free Book Swap invites everyone to participate free of charge and to help themselves to as much as they can read. Community neighbors, organizations, agencies, businesses, groups, artists, and collectors are encouraged to visit the event on Saturday, November 18. Any leftovers will be shipped to Better World Books to support global literacy efforts.

Over the past several years, this annual FREE event, has relocated tens of thousands of books to new homes and families. It is one of the single largest recycling events in our area. Volunteers make this event possible! We welcome new volunteers to join in the sorting and story-sharing. Interested volunteers may contact Jenna at livingthenaturedlife@gmail.com.

This not-for-profit event is supported by community donations and sponsors to cover shipping expenses, event materials and volunteer hospitality. A special thank you to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, the Wayne County Bar Association!  Thank you to this year’s Book Sponsor, the Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home, and our Support Sponsors, Platform Industries and Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Search for the Free Book Swap on Facebook and for more info, with drop off details, visit:  freebookswap.wordpress.com.

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Contact: JENNA MAUDER

PHONE: (610) 392-7219

The Chamber of the Northern Poconos honors 2 Green Businesses

SEEDS is a proud co-sponsor of the Chamber of the Northern Poconos Annual Awards dinner, and has been presenting the Green Business Award to those implementing innovative sustainability practices for 7 years now.

This year, 2 winners were selected,  a non-profit winner, The Cooperage Project, and a for-profit winner, Leeward Construction. The selection of these two winners demonstrates how much can be done, and how innovative every company can be.

The Cooperage Project (where the SEEDS office is located) has put sustainability at the fore front of its mission since its inception. The implementation of an industrial pelletizer resulted after extensive research and a desire to heat the community building without the use of fossil fuels. Recently, the Cooperage rooftop was fitted with a solar array that generates 100% of the buildings electricity’s needs. The system was installed and will be maintained by the Clean Energy Co-op (www.cleanenergy.coop) and the Cooperage has along term contract for the electricy generated solely from the sun. The Cooperage also purchases earth friendly cleaning and paper products, has a robust recycling program and sponsors a local farmers market designed to create a larger customer base and revenue for our local farmers.

Leeward Construction also submitted an application with details about extensive recycling efforts plant wide. The oil they use to run the Asphalt Plant is recycled oil. Recycling oil is the separation, collection and recovery of useful materials from manufactures into new products or raw materials. These materials cannot be directly reused and would otherwise be discarded as waste. Some materials are ‘technically” but not economically recyclable. True recycling has not occurred until recycled materials are used in the production of new products.

In 2016, Leeward used approximately 180,000 gallons of recycled oil to run the Asphalt Plant and 6,480 tons of Liquid Asphalt. A lot of the recycled oil they use comes from cruise ships.

Leeward also purchased a “BAGALA” to recycle their Asphalt, the most efficient asphalt recycler in the industry. They have provided interesting details on the process, and can be read by clocking on the link below.

Leeward Construction Green Business Practice Details

SEEDS would like to congratulate both winners!

Green business practices can:

reduce fossil fuels

reduce the use of harmful chemicals

increase customer base

add to employee retention 

save money!

 

Are you the next Green Business Award winner in our area? If you need help making sustainable goals, implementing a “green team” or interested in the rebates and incentives available for energy efficiency/renewable energy, please contact SEEDS @ (570) 245 – 1256; jocelyn@seedsgroup.net.

To read more about the evening, and the other winners, click HERE

 

 

2 Opportunities to see Solar Powered “Oscillation Film Festival” in Honesdale

Love nature and the environment? Love independent films? Love gathering with friends, old and new, and learning more about energy solutions that are shaping our future? Then you can’t miss this unique Film Festival and Solar Workshop – like you have never seen before!

SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support invites everyone to join us in welcoming visiting artists/environmentalists Austin Krause and Jessica Giacobbe of the Oscillation Film Festival  who are presenting 2 screenings of their solarized Film Festival in Honesdale this month. Each event will offer a 1 hour solar workshop that will provide insight on specifically how Oscillation Transia operates on solar energy, and a discussion on the applications of solar energy and a demonstration of their smaller photovoltaic systems. After a break, the evening concludes with a 90 minute film festival. The festival, created to inspire all of us to travel, explore and protect our planet, features 10 short films about travel and the natural environment.

All of the films in Oscillation Transia were hand-selected by Jess Giacobbe, the founder and director of the event, from over 500 submissions by directors around the world. Her artistic vision has guided Oscillation Transia to a 90 minute film screening featuring 10 experimental and documentary short films which showcase the themes of travel, nature, and movement. With films like “We Eat Fish?” about Alaskan Wildlife Preservation and “Love Me Forever” a film about life for Jamaican natives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Event: Saturday October 14th at The Himalayan Institute; 952 Bethany Turnpike; Honesdale, PA

Solar Workshop is from 5 pm – 6 pm. (Behind Main Building on grass near Wellness Center)

Film Screening at 8 pm  (On the sound of Music Hill)

Dinner can be purchased at The Institute.

NOT A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, See check Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/oscillationtransiafilmfestival/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Event: Tuesday October 17th at Fox Hill Farms: 297 Fox Hill Road; Honesdale, PA

The Solar Workshop is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The film screening begins at 7:00 pm.

You can bring a picnic dinner. Please make sure to carry out anything you carry in.

This event can continue rain or shine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes/blanket; reusable water bottles, as fresh water will be provided; notebook for the solar workshop and to jot down any inspiring thoughts you might have that evening; and your ideas! This is a place for learning and discussion and Oscillation Transia hosts want to hear about your own creative and Eco-conscious practices.

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit organization, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Their goal is to unite a diverse population of Americans by means of a free, open-to-the-public film festival where dreamers and allies of the future can come together to experience and discuss environmental awareness through low-impact outdoor cinema. Powered entirely off of solar energy, Oscillation Transia Film Festival exsits to show what is possible using green energy. For more info: www.oscillationtranisafilmfestival.com; View film trailer at https://www.oscillationtransiafilmfestival.com/featured-films

2 Opportunities to see Solar Powered “Oscillation Film Festival” in Honesdale

Love nature and the environment? Love independent films? Love gathering with friends, old and new, and learning more about energy solutions that are shaping our future? Then you can’t miss this unique Film Festival and Solar Workshop – like you have never seen before!

SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support invites everyone to join us in welcoming visiting artists/environmentalists Austin Krause and Jessica Giacobbe of the Oscillation Film Festival  who are presenting 2 screenings of their solarized Film Festival in Honesdale this month. Each event will offer a 1 hour solar workshop that will provide insight on specifically how Oscillation Transia operates on solar energy, and a discussion on the applications of solar energy and a demonstration of their smaller photovoltaic systems. After a break, the evening concludes with a 90 minute film festival. The festival, created to inspire all of us to travel, explore and protect our planet, features 10 short films about travel and the natural environment.

All of the films in Oscillation Transia were hand-selected by Jess Giacobbe, the founder and director of the event, from over 500 submissions by directors around the world. Her artistic vision has guided Oscillation Transia to a 90 minute film screening featuring 10 experimental and documentary short films which showcase the themes of travel, nature, and movement. With films like “We Eat Fish?” about Alaskan Wildlife Preservation and “Love Me Forever” a film about life for Jamaican natives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Event: Saturday October 14th at The Himalayan Institute; 952 Bethany Turnpike; Honesdale, PA

Solar Workshop is from 5 pm – 6 pm. (Behind Main Building on grass near Wellness Center)

Film Screening at 8 pm  (On the sound of Music Hill)

Dinner can be purchased at The Institute.

NOT A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, See check Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/oscillationtransiafilmfestival/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Event: Tuesday October 17th at Fox Hill Farms: 297 Fox Hill Road; Honesdale, PA

The Solar Workshop is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The film screening begins at 7:00 pm.

You can bring a picnic dinner. Please make sure to carry out anything you carry in.

This event can continue rain or shine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes/blanket; reusable water bottles, as fresh water will be provided; notebook for the solar workshop and to jot down any inspiring thoughts you might have that evening; and your ideas! This is a place for learning and discussion and Oscillation Transia hosts want to hear about your own creative and Eco-conscious practices.

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit organization, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Their goal is to unite a diverse population of Americans by means of a free, open-to-the-public film festival where dreamers and allies of the future can come together to experience and discuss environmental awareness through low-impact outdoor cinema. Powered entirely off of solar energy, Oscillation Transia Film Festival exsits to show what is possible using green energy. For more info: www.oscillationtranisafilmfestival.com; View film trailer at https://www.oscillationtransiafilmfestival.com/featured-films