SAVE THE DATE! Fri Aug 3
Wayne County Day of Giving!

SEEDS has been serving on a steering committee, with The Cooperage and Lacawac Sanctuary, to launch Wayne County’s 1st (Annual!) DAY OF GIVING! sponsored by the Wayne County Community Foundation (WCCF).
Modeled on similar events in other counties, WCCF wants to feature and celebrate some of the exceptional non-profit organizations in our area, and help each of them raise some money!
On Fri August 3rd, from 2 pm – 7 pm, before you head out to the opening night of the Wayne County Fair, come and visit the festive and fun event at The Cooperage. A dozen non-profits will be there. Any funds these organizations raise during  the entire month of August, will be matched by Wayne County Community Foundation (up to $1000 per organization)! That could mean up to $2000 in total for SEEDS and perhaps other organizations near and dear to your heart!

This first Wayne County Day of Giving promises to be fun for the whole family, with music, snacks, prizes and even a few surprises!

Help us make this event successful so we can keep doing it and feature even more of our area’s excellent non-profit organizations next year!

So come see what all the cool kids are doing!!! 🙂 Learn more about the organizations that are making Wayne County a great place to live, and hey, maybe even get more involved!!!

To our local businesses: Please encourage your employees to learn more and get more involved with some of these organizations. How many Boards do your employees sit on? How many are volunteers? This event offers a great opportunity for people to learn more about what suits them, and talk to folks about volunteer opportunities. 

YES – this event is kid friendly! This is a great way to introduce them to the care and compassion in our County and teach them that is takes people, JUST LIKE YOU, to make a difference!

SEE YOU AUG 3rd!

Learn how to improve soil quality; create beautiful and edible landscapes, and attract pollinators!

Attention large and small landowners: Unlocking Your Yard’s Potential!  will be presented on Tuesday July 10th at 7 pm at The Cooperage – 1030 Main Street in Honesdale. Three speakers will talk about edible landscaping and backyard food and medicine production, pollinators, and compost. The forum is open to the general public. A $5.00 donation is suggested.

Please take a moment to register (recommended, but not required). It helps us plan seating and refreshments.

Click HERE to register. 

Local soil expert Roger Hill will discuss soil food web restoration methods using soil mineral balance and compost inoculated with indigenous microbes to unlock your yard’s potential. “Dealing with local soils can be challenging; rocky, shallow and poorly draining compacted acidic soils are common.”  Roger has been farming using Biodynamic methods since 1985, and studying with soil consultant Neil Kinsey, Soil Food Web founder Dr. Elaine Ingham, and Biodynamic preparation maker, Hugh Cortney. He has also consulted and traveled extensively with the Himalayan Institute’s agricultural projects in India and Africa as well as area backyard garden and orchard projects.

Richie Mitchell will introduce basic concepts and benefits of ecological and edible landscaping. He will guide the audience through the process of how to analyze our properties and how to better plan for the development of your own edible landscape. He focuses on finding balance between your goals for your property, and what the land has to offer, putting a strong emphasis on his design process as he replaces lawns and traditional landscaping with plants that produce food, medicine and ecological benefits. Fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, native flowers and herbs, heirloom vegetables, beautiful garden beds and water features are some of his tools. Richie has a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and a lifetime of experience growing food in the northeast. He owns Bear Creek Organics which provides consultation, design, installation, and management of ecological edible landscapes. He also runs an edible landscaping plant nursery that carries many hard-to-find fruit and nut trees, berry and nut bushes, and native flowers.

Sarah Hall-Bagdonas will talk about a wide range of pollinators from birds, bats, butterflies, moths, and native bees to the non-native honey bee. She will tell us why they are so important, and how to attract them to your own back yard. “Pollinators are an important part of our ecosystems, responsible for the survival of over 30% of the human food supply and 90% of our wild plants.”  Sarah earned her B.S. in Biology from Millersville University in 2010. She is the President of the Northeast PA Audubon Society and Program Manager for the Northern Tier Hardwood Association.

Partners in production are: SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support), the Northeast Audubon Society, and The Cooperage Project.

SEEDS offers many forums year round to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living.  Anyone interested in learning more about SEEDS or becoming a member, may visit www.SeedsGroup.net or call 570-245-1256.

 

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2019 GREEN Business Award

 

In October, the Chamber of the Northern Poconos will present their annual awards dinner that honors philanthropic and entrepreneurial achievements in our community. For 6 years now, The Chamber and SEEDS have partnered to also present a Green Business Award at the dinner.

“It is important to recognize the sustainability initiatives our region’s businesses are implementing”, Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer noted about this award. “Previous GREEN Business Award winners  exemplify this area’s innovation and commitment to the environment”.

Here is an application form for the 2018 Green Business Award, due August 24th.

Green Business Nomination Form 2018 (1)

If your business is not yet a member of The Chamber of the Northern Poconos, you can find a membership application HERE.

What makes a business GREEN? 

“I think any business can and should grow greener, regardless of the industry or number of employees. After all, we know that certain measures can save money, and we know that customers are increasingly interested in earth-friendly business practices.” said Cramer.

Being GREEN means a business is committed to the triple bottom line of people, profit and planet.

Here are ways you can make any business GREENER…

1. Recycling is a great way to start, and something that can always be improved upon. Unless a company is at zero waste (which is amazing!) they can recycle, reuse, repair, re purpose more. Want help knowing what can be recycled and where, visit: www.NEPArecycles.com. This website was created by the Wayne Tomorrow sustainability committee to encourage more recycling and demonstrate many of the community initiatives available in Wayne County.

2. Reduce energy load – upgrade lighting, patch air – breeches, clean and maintain heating and cooling systems, install programmable thermostats and vacancy sensors. Improve insulation. All of these measures can save money in the long run and demonstrate efficient facilities management to your employees and customer base. Patching air-breeches is quick and easy, and usually pays for itself very quickly. Buy a little caulk (spend a couple dollars more on the good stuff), expandable foam and weatherstripping. Not sure how to do this – you can find YouTube “How To” Videos on almost anything. Typically, lighting upgrades can produce the next quickest return on your investment, resulting in positive cash flow within a few months. PPL has rebates and incentives to help their business customers. Visit: https://www.pplelectricbusinesssavings.com/

3. Switch to  green electricity – PA utility customers can shop for their electric generation company. The best resource is www.PAPowerSwitch.com. In just a few moments, you can see all the options available in your area. Enter your zip code, filter the options that matter to you most (choose the renewable energy option) and make your switch! Once you do – make sure to share this info with your employees and customers.

4. Install a renewable energy system to heat or cool your building and reduce carbon emissions. If you are not sure how to get started, contact SEEDS for further info and guidance.

5. Donate to an environmental non-profit organization. Publicize your charity. Ok, we’re biased. We think SEEDS is a well deserving organization that has been promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in notheast PA for 10 years. Click HERE to donate today.

6. Encourage employees to ride share when possible. Enterprise offers an excellent Ride Share program for larger businesses. Click HERE for more info.

7. Purchase local food and encourage employees to do the same. Our local agricultural heritage can be protected and improved with the growing demand for local, healthy food. Often, not knowing where to buy local food is an issue, or not knowing when the farmer’s markets are. SEEDS has compiled a Local Farmer’s Market Buying Guide HERE.

8. Save water. Water is becoming an increasingly precious commodity. Upgrade toilets, shower heads,  washing machines, and dishwashers to high efficiency, low flow options. Reduce the amount of water used wherever you can. Saving water also saves money  – less pumping. And saving hot water saves the most money.

9. Print less. Print doubles-sided.  Nearly all large companies have adopted double-sided printing as the norm. Most have also removed all personal printers and installed only shared printers with personalized print security codes. This initiative is helping people adopt to paperless administration. It also has reduce printing by over 60% in many cases, saving companies incredible money on paper and print cartridges/toners. Also, some fonts use much less ink than others. Changing your default fonts can save lots of money!

10. Offer telecommuting when possible. When employers can offer their employees the option of working some hours from home, we get it, the main reason may not be the environment. This options give an employee flexibility  –  it saves them time and gas money. Telecommuting options are also known to be an attractive employee retention tool.

11. Use Earth Friendly Cleaning products. Eliminating harmful chemicals from your cleaning routine can help your employees who are allergic or intolerant of cleaning chemicals. Some people do not even realize they allergic or intolerant, and think they have seasonal allergies. It may be the cleaning products, air-freshners or candles!  There are wonderful natural options for room fresheners and fragrances. You can visit Honesdale’s own Mount Pleasant Herbary for great products. Stores are carrying a larger selection of natural cleaning products. Ask for them if you don’t see them, and you can help shop owners know of your interest in their stocking more options.

12. Invest locally. Investing money in your community sustains your community. Here in northeastern PA, we are very fortunate to have so many businesses support their communities. Shop local, and encourage all your employees to shop local. They are literally helping their neighbors and friends. Shopping local includes the doctors you choose, insurance brokers you work with and your bank. Another way to invest locally is to become a member/investor in the Clean Energy Co-Op, a for profit cooperative that finances community clean energy projects. Member/investors get a return on their investment, and the community has an increase in renewable energy systems, and reduces carbon emissions for us all.

13. Your turn. Share your ideas with us. There is a lot more than what you reading here, so share with us any practices you have implemented. We’d love to hear about it!

HEALTH — we have shared a lot of good ideas to make your business greener, and one of the many reasons to do so, is to help promote good health. A reduction in carbon emissions means better health for all of us. Eliminating harmful  chemicals from our food means better health for all of us. Many sustainability practices were known and preached by our very recent ancestors. Sustainability isn’t hard or new. It takes just a moment:

to think about how our habits and routines can be improved

to think about how we can save money and resources

and to think about how we can do less damage to our earth and ourselves.

Share any of your comments or ideas with us. Email jocelyn@SeedsGroup.net.

 

YOU DID IT! You helped make the SEEDS Annual SWAPAPALOOZA Fundraiser, our most successful yet!

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) celebrated its 10th anniversary with their largest, and most successful fundraiser yet. The event, held recently at The Cooperage, featured Mistress of Ceremonies Mikki Uzupes, a silent auction, live auction and their annual SWAPAPALOOZA! To reinforce an important sustainability practice: Re-use, Re-pupose, Recycle – the SWAPAPALOOZA allows guests to bring 1 item they no longer love, and SWAP it for another. The fast-paced SWAPAPALOOZA is a lot of fun each year, and allows guests, who are spending their dollars to support SEEDS’ mission, to take home a new treasure for free. Guests were treated to dinner and desserts catered by Mustard Seed Café. This year’s event drew nearly 90 people and slightly surpassed their fundraising goal!

The SEEDS fundraiser auction always features unique community service items including: guided bird walks, home cooked meals, leaf blowing, poetry readings, photography session, art lesson, eagle watch bus tour, massage therapy and a fall foliage aerial tour of Wayne County in a  Cessna 210! SEEDS has made a point to include these donated services, which allow folks to meet new people, make new friends, to learn more about the talented people in our area, and explore the natural world around us. In addition to these services, guest could bid on restaurant certificates, coffee, craft beer, hotel stays, artwork, antiques, maple syrup, alpaca yarn and so many wonderful gift baskets and certificates.

In addition to all the folks who attended, donated, and bid on items, to make this our record breaking fundraiser to date, SEEDS would like to extend a special thank you to the following organizations who support the SEEDS mission with their donations: A Picker’s Find, Augusta Acres, B. Madigan Jewelry, Bethany Senior Village, Black and Brass, Community Vocational Services, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, The Cooperage, Mustard Seed Café, Dorchester House Antiques, Eye Candy Body Arts, Fair Hill Riding Academy, Fertile Valley Farm Store, Gina Lenz Photogrpahy, Green Outlet, Hawley Antique Exchange, Here and Now Brewing Company, Honesdale Agway, Honesdale Massage, Irving Cliff Brewery, James Manning Bed and Breakfast, Joe and Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Journey’s End Farm, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Region IGA, Mother Hen Art Studio, Mt, Pleasant Herbary, North of the Border Fireworks, Old School Farm, Picture Perfect Framing Gallery, Pines Tavern, Stephen’s Pharmacy, Time Machine Antiques and the Wayne County Historical Society.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) of Northeastern PA promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living. To learn more, visit SeedsGroup.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(MC Mikki Uzupes and SEEDS Director Jocelyn Cramer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crowd at The Cooperage for SEEDS’ Annual SWAPAPALOOZA Fundraiser