SEEDS Announces 2018 Do-It-Yourself Solar Workshop: June 13 &14 

This year’s 2 night workshop will include an actual solar installation at Lacawac Sanctuary. Attendees may participate in June 23 workday for further training. 








  • Learn how solar works and how much it costs
  • Learn if your roof is well positioned to generate solar electricity
  • On-site demonstration and hands-on practice
  • Solar orders may be placed if interested (not required)

2018 BONUS: Optional Installation Workday June 23  (rain date June 24)

Presenters Include:

Blair Buselli –  PA/NY approved & NABCEP Certified Installer (The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) of Buselli Solutions, Beach Lake, PA.

Jack Barnett – A principal consultant in sustainability, solar, zero net-energy buildings, telecommunications technology and strategy; Past chapter chair of the American Solar Society, & President of The Clean Energy Co-Op.

Registration is required plus suggested $10.00 donation.

Visit to register, or click HERE

SEEDS member, Martin Springhetti celebrates the completion of his DIY Solar Installation


To plan your stay in Wayne County,


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SEEDS Offers a $1000 Scholarship for Best Sustainability Essay

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA will issue a $1000 scholarship to a college-bound high school senior (Pennsylvania resident) for the best essay about the following:

Describe some of the recycling progress that has been made in our rural community. What recycling efforts elsewhere could be adopted here? And why is it important? Include ways to replace or eliminate “disposable” items (e.g. straws, plastic bags, styrofoam).

This scholarship will be in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt, Western Wayne Class of 2015.

Local high school seniors, including homeschooled students, are encouraged to submit an essay via email to on or before 8:00 pm Friday, May 18, 2018.  The essay may be in the text of the email or in a Microsoft Word file, and should be between 600 and 1600 words in length.  Seniors from Western Wayne High School, Honesdale High School, Wallenpaupack Area High School, and Canaan Christian Academy are eligible, as well as home-schooled seniors who reside within the areas covered by those high schools.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of SEEDS volunteers based on the responsiveness to the topic, the persuasiveness, logic, and cohesiveness of the ideas presented, and other criteria that the panel considers appropriate after reviewing the essays.  As always, incorrect grammar and spelling will not be viewed favorably, and plagiarism will disqualify an essay.  Any statistics referenced in your essay need to be referenced. Cite your sources. The panel members will review the essays without having access to any of the students’ information, including the students’ names. The winner will be notified the week of May 21. The scholarship funds will be issued directly to the college specified by the student.

Applications must include:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Email Address
  4. Phone number(s)
  5. Parent/Guardian Name(s) and Address
  6. Current High School (or “Home-schooled” if that is the case)
  7. Proposed Field of Study
  8. Name of College you will be attending in the fall
  9. Essay

The winner cannot be related to any SEEDS staff or board members.

By submitting an essay, you are agreeing that SEEDS can use the essay or excerpts from it for publication or other uses, with your name as the author, with your image. Winners will be encourages to attend an informal meeting with the SEEDS volunteers during the month of July.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA is a local nonprofit environmental education organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our region. Our goals include improving the health of our environment and local economy through energy savings and independence.  For more information, visit or email

If you missed it last year, this Friday, May 25 is a chance to see the solar powered film festival in Honesdale. This time, the venue is Old School Farm, 303 Upper Woods Road, so you can enjoy great pizza, and BYOB while taking in the 90 minute festival, made up of 10 short films. Each film is selected for its ability to intrigue the viewer about other people and places in our big, beautiful world.

For more info click HERE


Screening begins at 8:30. Pizza is served beginning at 5:30 pm.


Music performed by Keenan O’Meara.


















For more info about the film festival founders, and their solar equipment, Click:  Oscillation Transia Film Festival.

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For more info about Old School Farm, Click HERE.



What are our local businesses doing to help the environment?   Lots!  On Saturday May 5th, several local businesses will be participating in a self-guided Sustainability Open House Tour, sponsored by The Chamber of the Northern Poconos and SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support). This tour will be free and open to the general public, who can visit any of the participating businesses during the hours posted below.  Learn about local green business practices and see renewable energy systems, zero-waste practices,    recycling/composting measures and high energy efficiency equipment. Come see and support these businesses. This event was created to demonstrate the growing trend of earth-friendly business practices, and to encourage more. Treat yourself to this unique self-guided Sustainability Open House tour!

Participating businesses include:
Green Outlet – 45 Brown Street in Honesdale, near Honesdale Agway.  Green Outlet is a 5,000 sq.ft. retail store in Honesdale, dedicated to a Reuse-Recycle-Re purpose concept, buying and selling NEW and USED home furnishings, appliances, kitchen cabinetry, lighting and much more. They are devoted to providing the community with an affordable alternative for all home items, while reducing waste and the negative impact on our planet. Need a door or a window? Come see their large selection and save hundreds of dollars! Green Outlet is also a U-Haul dealer, making it very convenient to get your purchases home.

Green Outlet is open Sat May 5 from 10 am – 5 pm.

Nature’s Grace947 Main Street, Honesdale.   Nature’s Grace is a health food and wellness store dedicated to our planet’s and our personal sustainability. The store generates electricity from a roof mounted solar system. You can see the meter in the shop that displays the electricity generation.  Nature’s Grace uses high efficiency lighting, occupancy sensors, and LED lights in their freezers and coolers.  There is a great selection of nutritional supplements, organics and environmentally friendly cleaning products. The deli counter uses compostable and recyclable paper and plastic. Drop in for lunch and drop off your batteries to be recycled (for a nominal fee). YES, you can buy milk and eggs on Main Street.

Nature’s Grace is open Saturday May 5 from 10 am – 5 pm.

Here and Now Brewing Company – 645 Main Street, Honesdale. Saving money, being environmentally conscious, and creating jobs help new businesses serve their community and our planet. Here and Now Brewing Company wanted to be as energy efficient as possible right from the start to ensure their own sustainability. They looked back to look forward, converting a historic, 160-year-old building on Main Street in Honesdale into a bustling bar and restaurant. Materials throughout the building were removed, restored, re-used or repurposed. On the operations side of the things, Here & New worked with PPL’s Act 129 rebates to purchase the most energy efficient equipment available. A custom rebate program enabled the brewery to purchase a glycol chiller that helps cool the beer and the kitchen goods. The brewery also re-uses its wastewater for cleaning and composts fruits, vegetables and grain born of the brewing process. Altogether, Here & Now pays 60% less in energy costs than the previous retail tenant. Hard to believe when you visit one of the most lauded, dynamic breweries in the state. Pop in to taste what all the fuss is about! Here & Now is open for beer and eats Thursday-Saturday. Check for hours and menus. Even if you’re not a beer lover, there is plenty for all. Literary lovers – you must join their mailing list! You’ll see!

Here and Now opens Saturday May 5 at 1 pm.

Wayne County Recycling Center – 66 Volunteer Drive, (off Route 652 near Beach Lake) Honesdale. Wayne County offers a source-separated Recycling Center and county-wide drop-off program for area residents. Materials accepted include; clear, green & brown glass bottles, #1 & #2 plastic bottles, metal & aluminum cans, newspaper, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, chipboard, scrap metal and appliances. You can also bring tires (for a small fee) and clothing and other textiles to donate to needy families. Source-separated recycling offers an efficient and more environmentally friendly alternative to landfilling, and it provides the County with a source of revenue. The Wayne County Recycling Center is also helping the community by accepting eye glasses for the Honesdale Lion’s Club’s Recycle for Sight program, and cell phones (plus batteries an charger) to give to Honesdale’s Victims Intervention Program. Your old cell phone can help a victim of domestic abuse when they need it most. So drop by to see the Wayne County Recycling Center operations, and meet some of the volunteers. There is also a Back Yard Composting Display, a joint effort with The Master Gardener Program, Penn State Cooperative Extension. Once you have seen the place, we hope you’ll start bringing them your recyclables!

Visit the Wayne County Recycling Center from 9 am – 12 pm on Sat. May 5.

Hamlin Beer Distributors – 590 Hamlin Highway, Hamlin, PA 18427. Hamlin Beer Distributors is your beer and malt beverage headquarters, offering an excellent selection of domestic, craft and imported beers. But did you know they generate much of their electricity from solar? Come see the large ground-mount solar system behind their building, and learn about their high efficiency air exchanger by FreeAire, that uses outside cool air to keep beer cold.  Hamlin Distributors also offers one of the area’s best selections of home brew and wine making supplies.  Home brewing reduces waste and packaging, and can be lots of fun. To help get you started, they have experts and a home brewer on staff.

Hamlin Distributors is open Sat May 5 from 9 am – 8 pm.

Himalayan Institute – 952 Bethany Turnpike, Honesdale, PA 18431. The mission of the Himalayan Institute is to inspire and empower all those who wish to reach their full potential. Their headquarters, residential & guest facilities, along with 22 additional buildings, including the PureRejuv Wellness Center, are situated on 400 acres nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, just outside Honesdale, PA. The PureRejuv Wellness Center offers integrative health services and therapeutic treatments designed for accelerated healing, disease prevention, and long-lasting vitality. For over 45 years, the Himalayan Institute has been a pioneer of yoga in the West and a world leader in yoga lifestyle programs. Come see the campus and enjoy a tour of their facilities and an overview of their services.  Come see their large commercial solar thermal system. But here is something we want everyone to know about the Himalayan Institute. They are leading a trend in northeast PA with their Zero-Waste goal, encouraging others to do the same.  The Institute recycles everything they can. Their Zero Waste hallway has collection bins for white paper, mixed paper, commingled items, cardboard, plastic, and styrofoam. They partner with local businesses to carry away most of these items, avoiding additional landfill waste. The nearby Anthill Farm hauls away 300 pounds weekly of food scraps for composting and the Wayne County Recycle Center takes their paper and cardboard. Their Mother Divine Boutique – a recycling closet where people may donate and/or take clothes, electronics, household items, books, etc.- in the spirit of “need a penny, take a penny” is something businesses everywhere can replicate for their employees. The Seventh Day Adventist Church picks up items bi-weekly from the Boutique and resells in their church’s donation-only boutique. Already the Himalayan Institute has seen the financial benefit of our recycling efforts, saving $12,000 annually.

Join them Sat. May 5th for the Sustainability Open House Tour between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served.


Suggested route to see all on Sat May 5 & drop off your recyclables and pick up lunch!

9:00 am –           Himalayan Institute – 952 Bethany Turnpike, Honesdale; Refreshments served.

10:15 am –         Nature’s Grace – 947 Main Street, Honesdale. Grab a few groceries!

10:45 am–         Green Outlet – 45 Brown Street, near Honesdale Agway.  Pick up a rug, lamp, vase!

11:15 am   –        Wayne County Recycling Center -66 Volunteer Drive (off Rt 652; Beach Lake) Honesdale.

12:00 pm –        Hamlin Beer Distributor –  590 Hamlin Highway, Hamlin. Get your weekend beverages!

1:00 pm –           Here and Now Brewery  – 645 Main Street, Honesdale. Enjoy lunch after your tour!

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We want to hear from you. What can be done to encourage more green business practices in our area? Do you know of other great examples? Contact SEEDS (570) 245 – 1256 or email





YIPEE! It’s almost here!!!!

Where can you eat local food, drink local beer and get great baskets of goodies while supporting the environment?  Why at the SEEDS annual fundraiser and SWAPAPALOOZA of course!

Please RSVP HERE. 

On Thursday May 3rd, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) will host its annual fundraiser auction with SWAPAPALOOZA at The Cooperage, at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale. Doors open at 5:30. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm. Dinner is available for purchase from Mustard Seed Café! Some of the exciting gifts that have been donated to our auction so far include a Fall Foliage Tour of Wayne County –departing from Cherry Ridge Airport in a Cessna 210; a Guided Bird Walk; An overnight stay at beautiful Lacawac Sanctuary, Ellen Silberlicht pottery, framed artwork and so much more.  So many baskets and other items will be available, just in time to shop for Mother’s Day.  SEEDS is very grateful to the many businesses and individuals who donate wonderful items to help cover general operating costs for SEEDS.


In addition to the auction items, SEEDS will continue the SWAPAPALOOZA tradition. This fast-paced recycling event is fun for all, whether you participate or just watch. Bring in 1 item you no longer love, and SWAP it for another item…for FREE!  Past SWAP items included bird houses, tools, jewelry, plants, exercise equipment, motorcycle helmets, hedge trimmers, artwork, candlesticks, certainly there is something for everyone! Limit 1 item per person.

This year, SEEDS is celebrating our 10th Anniversary, so please join us. Please bring your friends, your checkbook and help support SEEDS.

Please RSVP HERE. 

SEEDS is still seeking donations for this event. If you have an item, service, gift card you would like to donate to the SEEDS fundraiser, please contact Jocelyn Cramer at of (579) 245 – 1256.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our area, to improve the health of our environment and local economy.

Click here for flyer: SEEDS 2018 Annual FUNdraiser SWAPAPALOOZA!.You’re invited!