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

 

 

 

 

 

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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SEEDS is presenting the last in a 3 part sustainable energy series:

Ground/Air Source Heat Pumps

This is a free forum for members of Wayne Pike Building Industry Associates. A free dinner will also be served!

Presented by SEEDS, co-sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities

 

Efficiency advancements in mini split HVAC technology in just the last couple of years have changed everything. Learn more about the technology and when they are the best heating/cooling options for your customers. Presenters: Gordon Smith of Renewable Energy Solutions and Blair and Bill Buselli of Buselli Solutions.

Dinner served at 5:30; Presentation from 6 – 7 pm, Q&A to follow

Hawley Senior Community Center – 337 Park Place, corner of Bingham Park in Hawley

 

Registration is required since dinner is being provided.

 

Please email: jocelyn@seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245 – 1256.