SEEDS Presents Scholarship to Ms. Zoe CykoskySEEDS Chairperson, David Ford, presented the scholarship check to Zoe Cykosky (center). Also pictured l to r: Nancy DeYoung, Jenna Mauder, Emily Rinaldi, Jocelyn Cramer, Kathy Dodge, Mary Anne Carletta and Jack Barnett.

SEEDS Presents Scholarship to Ms. Zoe Cykosky


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SEEDS volunteers met with Zoe Cykosky, a recent graduate of Wallenpaupack High School at their board meeting this week, to present her the $1000 Scholarship she won in the SEEDS sustainability essay competition this spring. In a meeting dedicated to getting to know her and her family a bit, Zoe proved to be a deserving winner, with a bright future ahead of her. The SEEDS scholarship was issued in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt who was a student intern with SEEDS two summers ago. Jake was a young, though dedicated, environmentalist who gave much to our community in his short 19 years.

Zoe and others entered their essays on the following: How can the United States promote economic growth and clean energy at the same time?  How can rural communities like northeast Pennsylvania do the same?

Zoe, her mother, father and sister, were invited guests at the SEEDS board meeting, where she was able to learn more about SEEDS and their community work, and where the folks from SEEDS could also meet them, and share input on why her essay was selected. Although Zoe’s essay was thoughtful and well informed, she admitted the question prompted her to research the topic, and she learned a great deal more in the process, thus planting the “SEEDS” for a envisioning a cleaner, greener economy.

Ms. Cykosky will be attending Penn State’s Main Campus this fall, and will be a marketing major.




Martin attended a SEEDS DIY Solar Workshop, then installed it himself

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) is sponsoring our annual FREE Do-it-Yourself two-night Solar Workshop from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday June 20th and Wednesday June 21st at the Wayne Conservation District in the Park Street Complex; 648 Park Street in Honesdale, near the Wayne Memorial Hospital. This is the fifth year that SEEDS has offered this workshop, one of our most popular, helping to increase the number of solar systems in our region.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click HERE to register, or call 570-245-1256.

This hands-on workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about solar energy, especially if you may wish to install your own solar photovoltaic (PV)—electric generating—array.   No experience is necessary attend this workshop, nor is there any obligation to make a solar purchase.

Just come, listen, ask questions and learn why so many people are producing their own electricity!

Manufacturing costs of solar panels have dropped over 50% in the past few years, and installing them yourself makes generating your own power even more affordable. There are still federal tax incentive available and this information will be shared.  Several owners of these systems will be present to talk about their experiences.


The first session will include an overview of PV installation, along with the economics, including the cost, payback, and return on investment. Other topics will include evaluation of sites, the mechanics of ordering the equipment, the support available to those who choose to do an installation, and permits and inspection.  A panel, inverter, and racking will be there for demonstration and “hands on” training.


The second night’s session will include installation of racking, attaching inverters to panels, installing panels on racking, and interconnecting wiring. Additionally, utility inspections, monitoring systems and renewable energy credits will be discussed.

Presenters include:

  • Blair Buselli – a PA and NY licensed electrician and a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) solar installer. Blair also 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 Clean Energy Co-Op. Jack is also a SEEDS Board Member.

“SEEDS is strongly committed to education about renewable energy, how it can save you money and improve the quality of life in our community,” says Jack Barnett.  “If you want to attend this workshop just to learn more about solar, the economics, or 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.”

 REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click HERE to register, or call 570-245-1256.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) is a non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our region. Visit to join the SEEDS e-newsletter list to be notified of all upcoming free forums.


RECYCLE your Electro-Junk

The YMCA, Honesdale National Bank and Advanced Recovery are sponsoring an electronic recycling event on Fri Jun 2nd and Sat June 3rd at the HNB Route 5 location. Please Click HERE for full details.



SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Educaion & Development Support) is so grateful to everyone that donated time, services, gifts/items for our annual fundraiser.  We surpassed our goal and will apply everything to our mission: promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living.

In addition to friends who donated items, SEEDS wants to share the names of the businesses who also contributed:

Irving Cliff Brewery,  Anthill Farm Kitchen, A Picker’s Find, Bethany Village, Stephen’s Pharmacy, Green Outlet, Gina Lenz Photography, Honesdale Agway, Honesdale National Bank, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Region Fitness, Lake Region IGA, Ledges Hotel, Augusta Acres, Old School Farm, Bold Gold Media, Honesdale Massage Therapy, NaturED, North of the Border, Pines Tavern, Journey’s End Farm, The Cooperage Project, Picture Perfect Framing Gallery, Ritter’s Farm Market, Artist Ellen Silberlicht, Salem Mountain Farm, Attorney John Martin, Elite Martial Arts Institute, James Manning House Bed and Breakfast and Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

We are grateful to all these businesses who are supporting our mission.

Next time you see them, tell them “Thanks for supporting SEEDS”.


Back by Popular Demand….

SEEDS will present our free workshop on Green Cleaning: how and why to clean your home and body without harsh chemicals.

Could your cleaning routine be making you sick?

Learn what products are not healthy for your family and how to make your own supplies with natural ingredients for less than store-bought products.

2017 Green Cleaning

  • Carl J. Milks, MD, board-certified allergist, will discuss how products we use (even some “natural” ones) can adversely affect our health. He will also teach us how to decipher ingredient lists on everyday products, without the need for a degree in chemistry.
  • Janet Brown, founder of Green Leaf Cleaning Partners, will share her non-toxic cleaning recipes and tips with a direct focus on sustainability. For those who are interested, she will have green cleaning kits for sale at cost.

Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Email or call (570) 245 – 1256


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