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

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The Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development Council will be presenting On Farm Pellet Production Workshops at Wayne County Conservation District 9/10/2016 648 Park Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. Two sessions will be conducted, rain or shine: 1 at 10 am another at 1 pm.

Learn About: → the advantages of grass pellets → the best materials to use for grass pellets → harvesting methods for grass pellet raw material → making grass pellets → the equipment required → funding equipment purchase → how RC&D can help → advantages of on farm production → equipment sources → how to test for pellet density → how to test for pellet moisture → how to select the proper stove → what holds the pellets together → types of safety equipment recommended → type of pellet mills → handy hand tools → the effects of material size → the effects of material moisture.

Click On Farm Pellet Production Workshop for more details.

 

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George E. Kauffman, III, Executive Director
Suzanne Berkowitz, Office Manager
P.O. Box 432, Dalton, PA 18414
Phone: (570) 234-3577 or cell: (570) 262-2726

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SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) is partnering with The Waverly Community House in Lackawanna County to present a FREE 2 Night Workshop from:

7 to 9 PM on Wed Aug 24th & Thurs Aug 25th

at The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Rd. in Waverly PA.          The Waverly Comm logo color - small

 

 

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This two-night course will teach you all about saving energy and saving money at home, about the different types of solar energy systems, how they work, how to evaluate your site for a solar installation, and how to take the next steps. SEEDS will provide information on commonly available rebates and incentives for solar installations, certified solar installers in our area and options for Do-It-Yourselfers.

Although SEEDS has presented dozens of solar workshops in Wayne county and elsewhere, this will be its first in Lackawanna County. The two-night session is free and open to the public.

These sessions will also be very helpful to businesses or non-profits who may interested in lowering their energy consumption and/or generating their own electricity.

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

NIGHT 1

The first session will focus on home energy basics, including preparing a home for solar by first conserving as much energy as possible. A team of SEEDS presenters, including a certified building performance professional, will discuss how to reduce the building’s energy load before installing a solar system, thereby gaining a better rate of return from your solar investment. Many tricks and tips to improve your home’s energy efficiency will be shared. This session will be helpful to anyone who wishes to reduce their energy costs.

NIGHT 2

The second night’s session will delve more into the various types of solar systems, how the different technologies work, and how to assess a site to see if it’s good for solar. It will also cover how much systems cost, how to calculate financial payback, as well as many installation techniques and concerns. The SEEDS presenters for this session include a nationally certified installer for both solar hot water and photovoltaic (electric) systems, who will show samples of solar equipment and tools.

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

The SEEDS presenters will include:

  • 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.
  • Larry Reeger – is a former wind turbine technician from Waymart PA, and is a Green Building Educator and Assistant Professor of Green Building at SUNY Sullivan. Larry currently serves on the SEEDS advisory committee.
  • Gordon Smith – is certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, Heating Professional, A/C & Heat Pump Professional.  Gordon is an approved solar installer in both the NYSERDA program and former PA Sunshine program, and an approved wind installer in NY. Gordon is President of Renewable Energy Solutions based in Narrowsburg NY. Gordon also currently serves on the SEEDS advisory committee.
  • 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.

“One of SEEDS’ commitments 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 and how it works, without investing in a system, that’s fine. And, if you want to take the step to invest in solar, this is definitely a valuable workshop for you.”

“I grew up down the road from The Waverly Community House and spent a great deal of time here. Of course, I wanted to bring our educational forums here and add to the many services The Comm provides to its community,” says SEEDS Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer. “We had a ball installing rain barrels for a water conservation project here at The Comm earlier this spring. SEEDS will talk about how saving water also saves energy at this two night workshop.”

 

Registration is encouraged. Email registration@seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245 – 1256. To learn more about SEEDS, visit www.seedgroup.net. You can 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.

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

 

 

SEEDS awarded a $1000 scholarship recently to Andrew Bochnovich, a Honesdale High School senior, for his winning entry in our sustainability essay competition.

Students were asked: If you were an environmental adviser to the President, what would you recommend to promote sustainable energy in rural communities in the U.S.? What can northeastern PA residents do now to live more sustainably? (Read Andrew’s essay below.)

SEEDS received several good essays, but the selection committee unanimously chose Andrew as the winner.

Andrew, son of Peter and Amy Bochnovich,  was recently named Class Valedictorian. He has participated in a wide variety of activities including soccer, track and field, marching band, mathematics and chemistry, and drama. Andrew was also 2015’s Scholar of the Year, and served as president of the Honesdale’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Both the Wayne Independent and the Times Tribune have written recent articles about all the accomplishments of this intelligent, ambitious young man. Andrew will be attending the University of Delaware this fall.

Andrew BochnovichBut what you have to like about Andrew when you meet him, is his unassuming and friendly personality. When asked about what inspired him about conservation and sustainability, Andrew explained, “Just like I wrote in my essay… You’re not inheriting your parent’s world, you’re borrowing your children’s, and we have to make sure that our children and descendants will be able to live in a healthy world long after we are gone. If we think about future generations, it helps me think less about myself and more about others. The best way I can help others, is to take care of our world.”

This SEEDS scholarship was awarded, due to a very generous donation from SEEDS members, in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt. Jake worked on the SEEDS energy assessment program last summer, and also accomplished a great deal at a young age, including significant environmental achievements.

Click to read: Andrew Bochnovich Sustainability Essay