Wood Energy Workshop: Saturday, October 15, 2016. 
Wayne Conservation District, Park Street Complex, Honesdale, PA.
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Lunch included. 

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Would you like to learn how advanced wood heat can help your school, business, or institution? Learn how to save money on heating costs and transform operations to a renewable and sustainable source while supporting the local economy and the environment by helping to create healthier forests.

Topics of presentations include the availability and sustainability of biomass fuels, advanced systems for wood heat, and project development considerations. There will also be educational and vendor displays. 

This event includes a tour of the biomass heating facility at The Cooperage, which features a high efficiency wood pellet boiler system. Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday, October 7th. The cost is $10 per person. This course counts for 4 hours (1 year) of PA SFI C.E. Credits. 

This event is organized by NTHA and the Pennsylvania State Wood Energy Team, a USDA Forest Service collaborative effort of Penn State Extension and over 40 organizations and companies. The Northern Tier Hardwood Association is a non-profit organization serving the wood industry and its supporters throughout Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming, Luzerne, and Tioga counties of Pennsylvania. 

Click HERE  to register

Join SEEDS on a GREEN BUS TOUR: Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

8:30am to ~3:45pm

and visit exciting renewable energy systems and sustainable community projects in our area.

SPACE IS LIMITED, but seats are still available.

The cost is $25 per person, including a local farm-fresh lunch. We will be departing Honesdale promptly at 8:30. (See reservation and payment details below)

Reserve early for this opportunity to:

  • Visit a unique straw bale private home with a solar thermal radiant heating system, currently under construction near Narrowsburg. The homeowner will discuss how it’s based on a super-insulated, post and beam design from the book HearthSpire by renowned architect John Silverio and how she built it using wood harvested on-site and milled in Beach Lake.
  • See Haven for Humanity, where nature and technology peacefully co-exist: a self-sustainable educational campground and community wellness center with a bio-energy greenhouse dome. They will be featured guest speakers at SEEDS annual meeting on Tues Sept. 20th.
  • Enjoy a Farm-to-Table light lunch while touring a pole-mounted solar array and the recent energy renovations at The Ant Hill Farm, where they manage ecological food production systems that mimic nature and a perennial-based production model that uses agroforestry and silvopasture as its foundation.
  • Learn about the greening of the 150-year-old Cooperage building in downtown Honesdale, now a non-profit community center. Learn about their super-efficient pellet boilers and the community-financed 27kW solar array on their roof.

SPACE IS LIMITED. To reserve your spot, make a $25 payment on our website. Click the Donate Today button on our homepage. You can also mail your check made payable to SEEDS and contact information to: 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. Please note: your payment is non-refundable and must be received to confirm your reservation. Departure details will be provided when payment is received. Because your payment will go toward the bus fees and lunch, this payment is not tax-deductible. For questions, or to notify us of any dietary restrictions, call 570-245-1256 or e-mail info@seedsgroup.net.

 

 

 

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) will present a FREE Solar Workshop from 7 to 9 PM on Thursday September 22nd at Pike County Public Library Milford Branch, 119 East Harford Street, thanks to a grant from the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

Registration is encouraged. Please see below for details.

This ‘Solar 101’ course will teach you all about the different types of solar systems, how they work, how to evaluate your home or business for solar, how much it costs, and how to take the next steps. SEEDS will provide information on rebates and incentives, local solar installers and even an option for Do-It-Yourselfers.

Come learn why so many people are interested in going solar!

The session will discuss how the different technologies work, how to calculate financial payback, and installation techniques and concerns. The presenters will show samples of solar equipment and tools. The workshop will also be very helpful to businesses or non-profits who want to lower their energy consumption and/or generating their own electricity.

 Blair demonstrating DIY solar - small(Blair and Bill Buselli conduct a hands-on-training at a previous SEEDS DIY Solar Workshop)

The SEEDS presenters will include:

  • Jack Barnett – a principal consultant in sustainability, solar, zero net-energy buildings, and telecommunications technologies and strategy; a past chair of a chapter of the American Solar Society; and President of the local Clean Energy Cooperative. Jack is a SEEDS Board Member.
  • Blair Buselli – is a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified solar installer, and native of Wayne county. Blair is a partner in the family-owned Buselli Solutions in Beach Lake PA. Blair currently serves on the SEEDS advisory committee.

“SEEDS’ mission is to educate our community about renewable energy, how it can save us money and improve the quality of life in our community,” says Jack Barnett, one of the workshop coordinators.  “If you want to attend this workshop just to learn more about solar economics or how it works, without investing in a system, that’s fine. And, if you thinking about investing in solar, this is definitely a valuable workshop for you.”

Although SEEDS has presented dozens of workshops in Wayne and Pike counties and elsewhere, this will be its first exclusively on solar in Pike County. The session is free and open to the public.

Registration is encouraged. Please email jocelyn@seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245-1256.

To learn more about SEEDS, you can visit our webpage at www.seedsgroup.net. You can also sign up for a FREE monthly SEEDS newsletter on our website by clicking the SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER button on our home page. This newsletter will announce all free SEEDS forums and programs as well as share sustainability initiatives in our region.

Martin Springhetti DIY Solar panels  - small image

 

Martin attended a 2014 DIY Solar Workshop and installed his own system shortly afterwards)

 

 

 

SEEDS is a non-profit organization based in Honesdale, PA serving neighboring counties. SEEDS promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability in our region. Our goals include improving the health of our environment and our local economy through energy savings and independence. To learn more, www.seedsgroup.net

SEEDS Salutes Local Sustainability Initiatives

at our Annual Meeting

Tues. Sept. 20th at The Cooperage – first floor – 1030 Main Street in Honesdale, PA.

Doors open at 6:30.

Business Meeting 7 – 7:45 pm

Presenters: 7:45 – 8:30 pm

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In addition to our annual business meeting, featuring annual elections, Chair, Treasury, Operational Reports and the “Year in Review”, SEEDS will feature 2 local sustainability initiatives that we wanted you to know more about:

  • Haven for Humanity in Livingston Manor, NY
  • Park Street Café kitchen run in conjunction with Community Vocational Services – at the     Park Street Complex in Honesdale

Free Baked Good from the Park Street Café will be served!

We are proud to present Maya Kovalyov, President of Haven from Humanity, whose mission is to inspire and motivate people of all-ages to live in harmony with Nature. They are a self-sustainable educational campground and community wellness center. Maya will discuss their use of permaculture and edible forest design, and their 60 foot BioEnergy greenhouse that grows algae used to feed their anaerobic digester and more. So much is happening just an hour away and SEEDS wanted you to know more about their successes.

Also, here in Honesdale, former SEEDS Board Member Kim Emmett developed a community collaborative program with sustainable goals and practices. Kim runs Community Vocation Services, providing training and job opportunities for people with disabilities. They staff and run the Park Street Café in the Park Street Complex several days a week, working with Heather Hogan-Spencer. Come learn how the sustainability model has inspired this wonderful project, and enjoy free baked goods from their kitchen!

 

In cooperation with SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support), The Chamber of the Northern Poconos wishes to honor a member business for their sustainable business practices, which can include: energy conservation, renewable power, transportation, water conservation, purchasing/waste prevention, and recycling/composting. Annual recognition of a Green Business of the Year is our way to appreciate businesses for making this region a more sustainable place to live and work. The 5th annual Green Business of the Year will be honored at The Chamber’s Community Awards Dinner in October.

2016 Green Business Nomination Form

SEEDS is proud to be one of the co-sponsor’s of The Chamber of the Northern Poconos’ Annual Community Awards Banquet this October.

We urge all sustain-ably minded member organizations to consider submitting a simple application for this year’s GREEN BUSINESS Award, due Aug 26.

SEEDS and The Chamber are dedicated to making this region a more sustainable place to live and work.  Get the recognition you deserve, and perhaps more importantly, share your efforts with others who can learn and implement some of your green business practices. 

Former honorees include: Nature’s Grace (for solar PV installation), Stephens Pharmacy/Northeast Med-Equip (for creating an employee “Green Team”), Wayne Memorial Hospital (for eliminating Styrofoam) and Himalayan Institute (for a commitment to zero waste).

SEEDS is one of the proud sponsors of this year’s