The Chamber of the Northern Poconos honors 2 Green Businesses

SEEDS is a proud co-sponsor of the Chamber of the Northern Poconos Annual Awards dinner, and has been presenting the Green Business Award to those implementing innovative sustainability practices for 7 years now.

This year, 2 winners were selected,  a non-profit winner, The Cooperage Project, and a for-profit winner, Leeward Construction. The selection of these two winners demonstrates how much can be done, and how innovative every company can be.

The Cooperage Project (where the SEEDS office is located) has put sustainability at the fore front of its mission since its inception. The implementation of an industrial pelletizer resulted after extensive research and a desire to heat the community building without the use of fossil fuels. Recently, the Cooperage rooftop was fitted with a solar array that generates 100% of the buildings electricity’s needs. The system was installed and will be maintained by the Clean Energy Co-op (www.cleanenergy.coop) and the Cooperage has along term contract for the electricy generated solely from the sun. The Cooperage also purchases earth friendly cleaning and paper products, has a robust recycling program and sponsors a local farmers market designed to create a larger customer base and revenue for our local farmers.

Leeward Construction also submitted an application with details about extensive recycling efforts plant wide. The oil they use to run the Asphalt Plant is recycled oil. Recycling oil is the separation, collection and recovery of useful materials from manufactures into new products or raw materials. These materials cannot be directly reused and would otherwise be discarded as waste. Some materials are ‘technically” but not economically recyclable. True recycling has not occurred until recycled materials are used in the production of new products.

In 2016, Leeward used approximately 180,000 gallons of recycled oil to run the Asphalt Plant and 6,480 tons of Liquid Asphalt. A lot of the recycled oil they use comes from cruise ships.

Leeward also purchased a “BAGALA” to recycle their Asphalt, the most efficient asphalt recycler in the industry. They have provided interesting details on the process, and can be read by clocking on the link below.

Leeward Construction Green Business Practice Details

SEEDS would like to congratulate both winners!

Green business practices can:

reduce fossil fuels

reduce the use of harmful chemicals

increase customer base

add to employee retention 

save money!

 

Are you the next Green Business Award winner in our area? If you need help making sustainable goals, implementing a “green team” or interested in the rebates and incentives available for energy efficiency/renewable energy, please contact SEEDS @ (570) 245 – 1256; jocelyn@seedsgroup.net.

To read more about the evening, and the other winners, click HERE

 

 

2 Opportunities to see Solar Powered “Oscillation Film Festival” in Honesdale

Love nature and the environment? Love independent films? Love gathering with friends, old and new, and learning more about energy solutions that are shaping our future? Then you can’t miss this unique Film Festival and Solar Workshop – like you have never seen before!

SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support invites everyone to join us in welcoming visiting artists/environmentalists Austin Krause and Jessica Giacobbe of the Oscillation Film Festival  who are presenting 2 screenings of their solarized Film Festival in Honesdale this month. Each event will offer a 1 hour solar workshop that will provide insight on specifically how Oscillation Transia operates on solar energy, and a discussion on the applications of solar energy and a demonstration of their smaller photovoltaic systems. After a break, the evening concludes with a 90 minute film festival. The festival, created to inspire all of us to travel, explore and protect our planet, features 10 short films about travel and the natural environment.

All of the films in Oscillation Transia were hand-selected by Jess Giacobbe, the founder and director of the event, from over 500 submissions by directors around the world. Her artistic vision has guided Oscillation Transia to a 90 minute film screening featuring 10 experimental and documentary short films which showcase the themes of travel, nature, and movement. With films like “We Eat Fish?” about Alaskan Wildlife Preservation and “Love Me Forever” a film about life for Jamaican natives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Event: Saturday October 14th at The Himalayan Institute; 952 Bethany Turnpike; Honesdale, PA

Solar Workshop is from 5 pm – 6 pm. (Behind Main Building on grass near Wellness Center)

Film Screening at 8 pm  (On the sound of Music Hill)

Dinner can be purchased at The Institute.

NOT A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, See check Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/oscillationtransiafilmfestival/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Event: Tuesday October 17th at Fox Hill Farms: 297 Fox Hill Road; Honesdale, PA

The Solar Workshop is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The film screening begins at 7:00 pm.

You can bring a picnic dinner. Please make sure to carry out anything you carry in.

This event can continue rain or shine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes/blanket; reusable water bottles, as fresh water will be provided; notebook for the solar workshop and to jot down any inspiring thoughts you might have that evening; and your ideas! This is a place for learning and discussion and Oscillation Transia hosts want to hear about your own creative and Eco-conscious practices.

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit organization, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Their goal is to unite a diverse population of Americans by means of a free, open-to-the-public film festival where dreamers and allies of the future can come together to experience and discuss environmental awareness through low-impact outdoor cinema. Powered entirely off of solar energy, Oscillation Transia Film Festival exsits to show what is possible using green energy. For more info: www.oscillationtranisafilmfestival.com; View film trailer at https://www.oscillationtransiafilmfestival.com/featured-films

2 Opportunities to see Solar Powered “Oscillation Film Festival” in Honesdale

Love nature and the environment? Love independent films? Love gathering with friends, old and new, and learning more about energy solutions that are shaping our future? Then you can’t miss this unique Film Festival and Solar Workshop – like you have never seen before!

SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support invites everyone to join us in welcoming visiting artists/environmentalists Austin Krause and Jessica Giacobbe of the Oscillation Film Festival  who are presenting 2 screenings of their solarized Film Festival in Honesdale this month. Each event will offer a 1 hour solar workshop that will provide insight on specifically how Oscillation Transia operates on solar energy, and a discussion on the applications of solar energy and a demonstration of their smaller photovoltaic systems. After a break, the evening concludes with a 90 minute film festival. The festival, created to inspire all of us to travel, explore and protect our planet, features 10 short films about travel and the natural environment.

All of the films in Oscillation Transia were hand-selected by Jess Giacobbe, the founder and director of the event, from over 500 submissions by directors around the world. Her artistic vision has guided Oscillation Transia to a 90 minute film screening featuring 10 experimental and documentary short films which showcase the themes of travel, nature, and movement. With films like “We Eat Fish?” about Alaskan Wildlife Preservation and “Love Me Forever” a film about life for Jamaican natives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Event: Saturday October 14th at The Himalayan Institute; 952 Bethany Turnpike; Honesdale, PA

Solar Workshop is from 5 pm – 6 pm. (Behind Main Building on grass near Wellness Center)

Film Screening at 8 pm  (On the sound of Music Hill)

Dinner can be purchased at The Institute.

NOT A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, See check Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/oscillationtransiafilmfestival/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Event: Tuesday October 17th at Fox Hill Farms: 297 Fox Hill Road; Honesdale, PA

The Solar Workshop is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The film screening begins at 7:00 pm.

You can bring a picnic dinner. Please make sure to carry out anything you carry in.

This event can continue rain or shine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes/blanket; reusable water bottles, as fresh water will be provided; notebook for the solar workshop and to jot down any inspiring thoughts you might have that evening; and your ideas! This is a place for learning and discussion and Oscillation Transia hosts want to hear about your own creative and Eco-conscious practices.

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit organization, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Their goal is to unite a diverse population of Americans by means of a free, open-to-the-public film festival where dreamers and allies of the future can come together to experience and discuss environmental awareness through low-impact outdoor cinema. Powered entirely off of solar energy, Oscillation Transia Film Festival exsits to show what is possible using green energy. For more info: www.oscillationtranisafilmfestival.com; View film trailer at https://www.oscillationtransiafilmfestival.com/featured-films

2 Opportunities to see Solar Powered “Oscillation Film Festival” in Honesdale

Love nature and the environment? Love independent films? Love gathering with friends, old and new, and learning more about energy solutions that are shaping our future? Then you can’t miss this unique Film Festival and Solar Workshop – like you have never seen before!

SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support invites everyone to join us in welcoming visiting artists/environmentalists Austin Krause and Jessica Giacobbe of the Oscillation Film Festival  who are presenting 2 screenings of their solarized Film Festival in Honesdale this month. Each event will offer a 1 hour solar workshop that will provide insight on specifically how Oscillation Transia operates on solar energy, and a discussion on the applications of solar energy and a demonstration of their smaller photovoltaic systems. After a break, the evening concludes with a 90 minute film festival. The festival, created to inspire all of us to travel, explore and protect our planet, features 10 short films about travel and the natural environment.

All of the films in Oscillation Transia were hand-selected by Jess Giacobbe, the founder and director of the event, from over 500 submissions by directors around the world. Her artistic vision has guided Oscillation Transia to a 90 minute film screening featuring 10 experimental and documentary short films which showcase the themes of travel, nature, and movement. With films like “We Eat Fish?” about Alaskan Wildlife Preservation and “Love Me Forever” a film about life for Jamaican natives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Event: Saturday October 14th at The Himalayan Institute; 952 Bethany Turnpike; Honesdale, PA

Solar Workshop is from 5 pm – 6 pm. (Behind Main Building on grass near Wellness Center)

Film Screening at 8 pm  (On the sound of Music Hill)

Dinner can be purchased at The Institute.

NOT A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, See check Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/oscillationtransiafilmfestival/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Event: Tuesday October 17th at Fox Hill Farms: 297 Fox Hill Road; Honesdale, PA

The Solar Workshop is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The film screening begins at 7:00 pm.

You can bring a picnic dinner. Please make sure to carry out anything you carry in.

This event can continue rain or shine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes/blanket; reusable water bottles, as fresh water will be provided; notebook for the solar workshop and to jot down any inspiring thoughts you might have that evening; and your ideas! This is a place for learning and discussion and Oscillation Transia hosts want to hear about your own creative and Eco-conscious practices.

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit organization, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Their goal is to unite a diverse population of Americans by means of a free, open-to-the-public film festival where dreamers and allies of the future can come together to experience and discuss environmental awareness through low-impact outdoor cinema. Powered entirely off of solar energy, Oscillation Transia Film Festival exsits to show what is possible using green energy. For more info: www.oscillationtranisafilmfestival.com; View film trailer at https://www.oscillationtransiafilmfestival.com/featured-films

On Tues., Aug 22nd, Sarah Hall-Bagdonas of the Northeast PA Audubon Society, and Ed Perry of the National Wildlife Federation provided a free forum on Native Vs. Invasive species, and how to  increase bird species and pollinators, and decrease mowing.

CLICK HERE to hear an audio recording of the presentation.

 

Here are 2 hand-outs pertinent to the evening’s presentation:


This is an excellent guide to help you determine what to plant:to decrease mowing and increase pollinators and birds

 

 

 

 

Neighborly Natural Landscaping: How to Decrease Mowing and Increase Pollinator and Bird Species
Free Seminar: Tues Aug 22nd @ 7 pm in Honesdale

Ed Perry from the National Wildlife Federation will present  “Neighborly Natural Landscaping: How to decrease mowing and increase pollinators and birds”. Learn ways to reduce the population decline of bird species and pollinators right in your own backyard. Learn what to plant, where to plant and where to get your plants, how to start a meadow, and how all this benefits our waterways.

Did you know running a lawn mower for one hour emits the same amount of carbon pollution as driving a car for one hundred miles?

Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, president of the Northeast PA Audubon Society will discuss native versus invasive species.

Each attendee will also receive a free “Seeds Ball”.

This event is being sponsored by local Wayne/Pike County partners in conservation, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support), the Northeast PA, Audubon Society, Wayne Conservation District, and Delaware Highlands Conservancy with the National Wildlife Federation.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 22 at 7:00 pm

WHERE:  Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street in Honesdale, near Wayne Memorial Hospital

PRESENTED BY:  The National Wildlife Federation, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support), the Northeast Audubon Society, the Wayne Conservation District and Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

For more information, visit www.seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245-1256