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

 

 

 

 

 

SEEDS hosted our 4th annual 2-Night Do-It-Yourself Solar Workshop

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

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) sponsored our annual FREE Do-it-Yourself Two-Night Solar Workshop on June 21 and 22 in Honesdale. This is the 4th year in a row that SEEDS has offered the workshop, leading to an increase in the number of solar systems in our region.

SEEDS will be offering similar workshops this year in Lackawanna County at The Waverly Community House on August 24th and 25th and in Pike County at the Milford Branch of the Pike County Public Library on Thurs. Sept 22nd.

This workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about solar energy and may wish to install their 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 and learn why so many people are interested in creating their own electricity!

Manufacturing costs of solar panels have dropped over 50% in the past 4 years, and installing them yourself makes generating your own power even more affordable. The cost of the solar system is eligible for a 30% federal tax credit as per the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit program. Several owners of these systems will be present to talk about their experiences.

Presenters Include:

  • Blair Buselli – a PA and NY approved solar installer and a NABCEP (The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners). Blair 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; the current chair of a chapter of the American Solar Society, and President of The Clean Energy Co-Op. Jack is also 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 PV 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.”

Registration is required. Please contact SEEDS at registration@seedsgroup.net or by calling (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 www.seedsgroup.net to join the SEEDS e-newsletter list to be notified of all upcoming free forums.

 

 

SEEDS invited 8 panelists to speak about maximizing the food from your own yard. The event was produced with the cooperation of PASA (PA Association of Sustainable Agriculture) and The Penn State Master Gardners.

 

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Panelists shared tips on how to grow healthy food; become more self-reliant;  and create a bio-diverse environment for a healthy planet.  Topics including: raising chickens, foraging, growing fruit trees and beekeeping. Panelists agreed to post their contact information if you have questions.

IF YOU MISSED IT….Video of the entire event can be viewed at http://seedsgroup.net/forums/

But definitely check out “Raising Chickens” a video filmed and edited (with the help of the experts at The Stourbridge Project) by SEEDS’ own Chairperson, Kathy Dodge. (It is the last Edible Yards video on our Forum page)

 

SEEDS puts the FUN in FUNdraising

On Thursday evening April 28th , starting at 6 pm, SEEDS invites all to attend our annual fundraiser in our office space, on the 2nd floor of The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale. For the second year in a row, this party will feature a silent auction and a SWAPAPALOOZA!

Come and bid on terrific gifts, baskets and services at our silent auction, just in time for Mother’s day!

But here’s a neat twist! Bring any household item that you no longer love, and you get to “swap” it for another item…FREE! You may walk away with great stuff for free at this fundraiser! What better way to recycle items? Bring two items and you can take home another 2 items…and so on and so on!

Last year, party guests brought and swapped artwork, plants, an exercise trampoline, a hedge trimmer, motorcycle helmets, a backgammon set, jewelry, fruit baskets, a yoga mat, a Christmas tree stand and so much more! (Please no clothing, shoes or books. There are other great places to donate those items).

Food and drink will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit SEEDS and their environmental education programs.

Bring any item* in good/working condition and take home another SWAPAPALOOZA  item for FREE!  What better way to recycle those spring cleaning finds you no longer use! Bring 2 items, get 2 items… etc. (*Please don’t bring used clothing, shoes or books to the Swapapalooza. We have info on several organizations that will accept these items.)

Local businesses have donated gift baskets/cards for the silent auction & food and drink for the event!

 

SO SAVE YOUR STUFF AND SAVE THE DATE… Thurs. April 28

  • Doors open at 6:00
  • Swapapalooza begins at 6:30 pm
  • Silent Auction ends at 7:30 pm

 

Food and drink will be available. Hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact jocelyn@seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245-1256. Sign up for SEEDS e-newsletter at www.seedsgroup.net to get info about all our free forums and events.

EDIBLE YARDS Forum Flyer

SEEDS kicks off its 2016 education series with a free forum on Edible Yards to be held Tuesday, March 29 from 7 to 9 pm at the Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street in Honesdale, at the Wayne Conservation District.

Learn how to grow healthy food while becoming more self-reliant and creating a bio-diverse environment for a healthy planet.

Several expert panelists will share their tips and tricks on topics including: raising chickens, foraging, growing fruit trees, beekeeping, and much more. In addition, members from the Audubon Society and Master Gardeners will be part of this informative event with plenty of time for Q & A.

No space? No problem! Learn about Honesdale’s Community Garden that provides plots for residents.

SEEDS will also be hosting a free Seed Swap. Bring seeds you’ve collected from your own garden or extra seeds you’ve purchased, and share with others.

Come and participate in this fun and informative evening.

Baked goods and light refreshments will be served.

There will also be door prizes!

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) is a non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living. Visit our home page at www.seedsgroup.net to join our newsletter list to be notified of all our upcoming free forums.

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