Everyone wants to save money and energy, especially if you’re thinking of building a new house or for any major renovation. A public presentation on Tuesday, July 15th will address how to design, model and construct high performance, super-insulated homes, even to point of having the building be zero net-energy, i.e. where all the annual energy it uses is less than the energy generated. All are welcome to attend this free forum at the Park Street Complex (648 Park Street) in Honesdale from  7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Rob Lewis and Jack Barnett will lead the discussion, which will include super-insulated walls designs for air tight envelopes, passive gains for lighting, heating and cooling, household systems and appliances for energy conservation and modeling the whole building’s energy usage to properly size an energy generation system, such as solar photovoltaic.

Rob Lewis lives in Shavertown, PA and is a principal with Bakker & Lewis Architects. Jack Barnett is a SEEDS board member, interim board president of the newly formed Clean Energy Cooperative Inc. for Wayne and Pike counties, and owner of a ‘nearly’ zero net-energy solar home near Hawley, PA. Rob has been personally and professionally interested in high performance buildings since 1980. He and his partner, Margaret Bakker, designed Jack’s house, which was completed in 2008.

“We want to keep people informed about the latest developments in home building methods for maximum energy efficiency,” says SEEDS Executive Director, Jocelyn Cramer. “This forum will be highly useful to those in the building trades, and anyone interested in renovations to their present home or considering new construction.”


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What is SEEDS?

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA is a community benefit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping area residents and businesses save energy, improve energy efficiency and install renewable energy. Our goals include reducing carbon emissions to protect our environment and helping support our local economy.

You can read more  about our educational forums and training programs, as well as some of the energy efficiency projects and partnerships in the works.

If this work appeals to you, and you would like to become a member, donate or volunteer, we would love to hear from you.

Please call our Executive Director, Jocelyn Cramer, at (570) 245 – 1256 or email her at: jocelyncramer@seedsgroup.net.







SEEDS is looking for a few volunteers to help with these tasks:

  1. Email Manager – Check one of our incoming email addresses a few times a week and help address or forward messages as needed. Small time commitment – less than 1 hour per week – can do completely from home.
  2. Membership Coordinator – Help us update our membership lists and email lists. Enter new names as needed; update records as needed. Small time commitment – a few hours per month – can do completely from home, and meet a few times a year with our Executive Director in our office.
  3. Project Coordinators–Help us administer one of our energy efficiency programs. Volunteers are needed to help communicate with people and/or businesses who are signing up to save energy. Medium time commitment –some emails and calls each month, logging data about energy use provided to us. Also can be done from home.
  4. Forum Assistance – Help us plan our educational forums! This involves helping our Executive Director and other volunteers plan and facilitate our energy educational forums. This is a small time commitment, and can be lots of fun and very informative! Can be done mostly from your home.
  5. Partnership Coordinators – Help us develop our partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, The Stoneworks Learning Center, and Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center.  Medium time commitment and can be done mostly from home.
  6. Press Agent – Help us submit online press releases to media outlets. Small time commitment: once a month – about 1 -2 hours tops!
  7. Office Help – Come help us in the office whenever you have some extra time – stuffing and stamping envelopes, filing, etc. Or volunteer to work a couple hours each week. Let us know what time works best for you!

SEEDS is also interested in accommodating you if you have a special skill or interest in something other than what is listed above.

Talk to us! We’d love to have you help out!

SEEDS has worked with PPL’s E-power team to help spread the word about energy rebates available to PPL customers. One under-utilized offering is a free, no obligation, energy assessment for our local farmers! Famers have saved 35 – 65% of equipment costs through E-power rebates. Additionally, they are saving every year on electricity costs. Please help us spread the word so the folks that might  benefit, know about this opportunity!

Click for the full brochure describing the offer.

Click this link to their site with full details.

To schedule a free farm energy assessment, or for further information, call 1-866-306-6557.   Tell them SEEDS sent you!




SEEDS and PPL present A free workshop on how and why to clean your home and body without harsh chemicals

Tuesday May 20th at 7:00 pm

at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center Learn to make your own supplies with natural ingredients that are cheaper than store bought cleaning products. Janet Brown, founder of Green Leaf Cleaning will share cleaning recipes with a direct focus on sustainability. Special guest Nora Eisenberg, award winning novelist and reporter of the environmental effects of war, will discuss startling similarities between chemical warfare agents and household cleaning products. Gudrun Feigl of Mount Pleasant Herbary will demonstrate household uses for herbs and spices and how beneficial they are to our well-being. This will be an informative and fun-filled discussion for all in your household! Registration is encouraged, but not required. Email jocelyn@seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245 – 1256

PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center 126 PPL Drive, P.O. Box 122 Hawley, PA 18428-0122GPS Coordinates: N41 27.475 W75 11.02211