It is with the utmost sadness we share some terrible news about a remarkable young man’s passing, Michael “Jake” Burkhardt from Waymart in Wayne County.

Jake was killed in a car accident Monday night January 25, near Keystone College where he was a freshman.

Jake was the 2015 Audubon Society Environmental Scholarship recipient and a volunteer at Lacawac Sanctuary. Because of his love of the environment, nature and animals, he was highly recommended to SEEDS to be a part of our summer energy assessment program, and Jake was a perfect fit!

Not only did he do a great job learning all the requirements of the energy assessment program, but he was wonderful with all the families that he met. He was a happy, upbeat, energetic young man, and also a terrific partner to the other students on the program. Jake showed unusual thoughtfulness and kindness. Jake was studying wildlife biology.

Our hearts and prayers are with his family. Memorial contributions can be made to Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436. 

Jake’s passing is a loss for our entire community. This was a remarkable young man.

We remember. . .

Happy Jake with cat

Jake having fun at Dessin Animal Shelter during the SEEDS assessment.

Jake in the center with his Energy Assessment team mates, Kyle McDermott and Ally Mosomillo.

Jake - Audubon Scholarship Recipient

Jake was the 2015 Audubon Society Scholarship winner. Also pictured are Chris Weigand, left, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair and Northeast PA Audubon Society President Sarah Hall-Bagdonas

SEEDS, with support from PPL Electric Utilities, is sponsoring 3 sustainable energy sessions for area builders and contractors. The Wayne Builders Association recently merged with Pike County and formed the Wayne Pike Building Industry Associates.

SEEDS wants to help the building industry better serve clients who are seeking energy efficient homes and/or solar installations, and to introduce our organization as a resource and support system for all local, state and federal rebates and incentives for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations.

3  sessions were designed to “wet the appetite” for sustainable energy topics:

Jan 7 – SOLAR – how it works and how much it costs, how to build for maximum solar potential and analyze an existing site to see if solar makes financial sense. Help clients with questions about whether solar works for them.

Feb 4- Designing & Buildings for Maximum Energy Efficiency – designing for maximum energy efficiency. Will include building tips to seal the building’s envelope and maximize the sun’s heat and light.

March 3 – Ground/Air Source Heat Pumps –efficiency advancements in mini split HVAC technology in just the last couple of years have changed everything, making them a great heating and cooling choice for many more buildings.

Presenters include Peter Vargo of Nu-Tech Energy Solutions, and 2 local solar installers: Gordon Smith of Renewable Energy Solutions and Blair Buselli of Buselli Solutions, both serve on SEEDS Advisory Committee.

Free buffet dinner will be served at 5:30; Presentation from 6 – 7 pm, Q&A to follow

At the Hawley Senior Community Center – 337 Park Place – corner of Bingham Park in Hawley

Registration is required since dinner is being provided. Email: or call (570) 245 – 1256.

For full details, click the flyer link: SEEDS and PPL energy sessions for builders Flyer


Thank you, Thank you, FOUR THOUSAND Thanks you!!!!!

At the end of each year, SEEDS mails a summary of the year’s activities and accomplishments, and asks for donations to help us continue. This year an anonymous donor matched all donations up to $4000 and we are very happy to report that we reached that milestone…and then some!!

We are consistently receiving approximately 1/3 of all our operating costs in the annual drive. The remaining funds come from local businesses foundations and state grants. SEEDS thanks you for all your help! We hope you will help support the businesses who made recent donations to SEEDS:

Mountain Laurel Surgery Center

Pioneer Construction

RE/MAX Wayne

The Dime Bank

Scarfallato’s Town House Diner

Apple Pond Farming Center

Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic

Gina Lenz Photography

Smiles By Design – Complete Health Dentistry

Hamlin Dental Center

Matthew Meagher Attorney

Nature’s Grace

Vannie Williams C.P.A.


Sustinable BUsinesses


Dear Sustainability Supporters,

SEEDS recently mailed our year-end summary/fundraising letter. We ask you to help us with donations to generate operating costs, that are harder to gain through our grant/foundation requests. This year-end appeal is accompanied by a description of our accomplishments. Click here to read: SEEDS 2015 Year-End Summary and Fundraising Request.

Donations can be made online by clicking HERE, or you can mail a check payable to SEEDS to 1030 Main Street – 2nd Floor of The Cooperage Honesdale, PA 18431.

If you have sent a donation, please know that our SEEDS Board and executive director work hard to do a great deal with our small operating budget….and YOUR DONATIONS HELP MAKE IT ALL POSSIBLE!!!  We are very grateful.

Enjoy a safe and healthy 2016!

Thank you from all of us at SEEDS!

Kathy Dodge – Chair

Chuck Heyn – Assistant Chair

Mary Anne Carletta – Corresponding Secretary

Doni Hoffman – Treasurer

Cindy Matthews – Recording Secretary

Jamie Knecht – Board Member

Jack Barnett – Board Member

Ella Hoerning – Board Member

Jocelyn Cramer – Executive Director








SEEDS is growing and helping more families and businesses in our area save money on energy costs…because of a terrific group of volunteers!SEEDS Logo without border shadow - small

Volunteers plan our free educational forums. Volunteers provide members with solar evaluations, write our thank you notes, create our monthly newsletter, run our free energy assessment programs and volunteers are working with community leaders to help make our region more sustainable.

Join us! We welcome your time, talents and input. Membership is only $10 per year. There are lots of ways to get involved, and SEEDS can do more with your help.

-Please contact or call (570) 245-1256.