It is with the utmost sadness we share some terrible news about a remarkable young man’s passing, Michael “Jake” Burkhardt from Waymart in Wayne County.

Jake was killed in a car accident Monday night January 25, near Keystone College where he was a freshman.

Jake was the 2015 Audubon Society Environmental Scholarship recipient and a volunteer at Lacawac Sanctuary. Because of his love of the environment, nature and animals, he was highly recommended to SEEDS to be a part of our summer energy assessment program, and Jake was a perfect fit!

Not only did he do a great job learning all the requirements of the energy assessment program, but he was wonderful with all the families that he met. He was a happy, upbeat, energetic young man, and also a terrific partner to the other students on the program. Jake showed unusual thoughtfulness and kindness. Jake was studying wildlife biology.

Our hearts and prayers are with his family. Memorial contributions can be made to Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436. 

Jake’s passing is a loss for our entire community. This was a remarkable young man.

We remember. . .

Happy Jake with cat

Jake having fun at Dessin Animal Shelter during the SEEDS assessment.

Jake in the center with his Energy Assessment team mates, Kyle McDermott and Ally Mosomillo.

Jake - Audubon Scholarship Recipient

Jake was the 2015 Audubon Society Scholarship winner. Also pictured are Chris Weigand, left, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair and Northeast PA Audubon Society President Sarah Hall-Bagdonas

SEEDS, with support from PPL Electric Utilities, is sponsoring 3 sustainable energy sessions for area builders and contractors. The Wayne Builders Association recently merged with Pike County and formed the Wayne Pike Building Industry Associates.

SEEDS wants to help the building industry better serve clients who are seeking energy efficient homes and/or solar installations, and to introduce our organization as a resource and support system for all local, state and federal rebates and incentives for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations.

3  sessions were designed to “wet the appetite” for sustainable energy topics:

Jan 7 – SOLAR – how it works and how much it costs, how to build for maximum solar potential and analyze an existing site to see if solar makes financial sense. Help clients with questions about whether solar works for them.

Feb 4- Designing & Buildings for Maximum Energy Efficiency – designing for maximum energy efficiency. Will include building tips to seal the building’s envelope and maximize the sun’s heat and light.

March 3 – Ground/Air Source Heat Pumps –efficiency advancements in mini split HVAC technology in just the last couple of years have changed everything, making them a great heating and cooling choice for many more buildings.

Presenters include Peter Vargo of Nu-Tech Energy Solutions, and 2 local solar installers: Gordon Smith of Renewable Energy Solutions and Blair Buselli of Buselli Solutions, both serve on SEEDS Advisory Committee.

Free buffet dinner will be served at 5:30; Presentation from 6 – 7 pm, Q&A to follow

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

Registration is required since dinner is being provided. Email: or call (570) 245 – 1256.

For full details, click the flyer link: SEEDS and PPL energy sessions for builders Flyer


Thank you, Thank you, FOUR THOUSAND Thanks you!!!!!

At the end of each year, SEEDS mails a summary of the year’s activities and accomplishments, and asks for donations to help us continue. This year an anonymous donor matched all donations up to $4000 and we are very happy to report that we reached that milestone…and then some!!

We are consistently receiving approximately 1/3 of all our operating costs in the annual drive. The remaining funds come from local businesses foundations and state grants. SEEDS thanks you for all your help! We hope you will help support the businesses who made recent donations to SEEDS:

Mountain Laurel Surgery Center

Pioneer Construction

RE/MAX Wayne

The Dime Bank

Scarfallato’s Town House Diner

Apple Pond Farming Center

Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic

Gina Lenz Photography

Smiles By Design – Complete Health Dentistry

Hamlin Dental Center

Matthew Meagher Attorney

Nature’s Grace

Vannie Williams C.P.A.


Sustinable BUsinesses


Dear Sustainability Supporters,

SEEDS recently mailed our year-end summary/fundraising letter. We ask you to help us with donations to generate operating costs, that are harder to gain through our grant/foundation requests. This year-end appeal is accompanied by a description of our accomplishments. Click here to read: SEEDS 2015 Year-End Summary and Fundraising Request.

Donations can be made online by clicking HERE, or you can mail a check payable to SEEDS to 1030 Main Street – 2nd Floor of The Cooperage Honesdale, PA 18431.

If you have sent a donation, please know that our SEEDS Board and executive director work hard to do a great deal with our small operating budget….and YOUR DONATIONS HELP MAKE IT ALL POSSIBLE!!!  We are very grateful.

Enjoy a safe and healthy 2016!

Thank you from all of us at SEEDS!

Kathy Dodge – Chair

Chuck Heyn – Assistant Chair

Mary Anne Carletta – Corresponding Secretary

Doni Hoffman – Treasurer

Cindy Matthews – Recording Secretary

Jamie Knecht – Board Member

Jack Barnett – Board Member

Ella Hoerning – Board Member

Jocelyn Cramer – Executive Director








SEEDS is growing and helping more families and businesses in our area save money on energy costs…because of a terrific group of volunteers!SEEDS Logo without border shadow - small

Volunteers plan our free educational forums. Volunteers provide members with solar evaluations, write our thank you notes, create our monthly newsletter, run our free energy assessment programs and volunteers are working with community leaders to help make our region more sustainable.

Join us! We welcome your time, talents and input. Membership is only $10 per year. There are lots of ways to get involved, and SEEDS can do more with your help.

-Please contact or call (570) 245-1256.

WCCF check 2015 and PPL II SEEDS is very grateful to our members and regular donors. Without their support, we could not remain in operation. We would also like to thank the John and Helen Villaume Foundation, the Wayne County Community Foundation and PPL for recent grants. The John and Helen Villaume Foundation awarded SEEDS a grant to support our “Help Community Buildings Save Energy” program. This program will assess local non-profit and community buildings for energy efficiency. With the help of our student interns, who will work on our annual summer energy assessment program, and the Honesdale area Jaycees, several local non-profits will not only receive a free energy assessment, but SEEDS volunteers will show up and do the work recommended by the assessment reports. With a budget of about $1000 per building, the non-profits will receive free LED bulbs, smart strips, energy monitors, and our volunteers will fix air breeches and insulation deficiencies. The energy saved from these upgrades will allow these non-profits to better serve our community by saving significantly on their energy costs. Thank you to the John and Helen Villaume Foundation! The Wayne County Community Foundation gave SEEDS a grant to cover the cost of new computer equipment needed for our students who will be helping on the above project. This was critical for the success of this program. Thank you Wayne County Community Foundation! PPL Electric Utilities awarded a grant to SEEDS to help us with our program and operational costs. This will allow us to continue our 2015 programs and plan more for 2016! PA’s Department of Environmental Protection awarded SEEDS an Environmental Education grant. SEEDS is using 75% of the grant to hire 3 student interns this summer who will perform energy assessments. Don’t forget to call or email SEEDS if you want a free home energy assessment (must be a resident of Wayne or Pike County). SEEDS carefully budgets our funds for maximum benefit to our community. We are still looking for support to help us with our 2016 operational costs. If you want to help SEEDS grow and make a greater impact promoting sustainability in our region, we ask you to take a moment to donate now. Click the button on our homepage. You can make a donation via Paypal. MasterCard, Visa or Discover.donate button   We can’t thank you enough! -All of us at SEEDS

SEEDS presented a FREE 2 night Solar Workshop on Tues and Wed June 16th and June 17th  at the Wayne Conservation District in the Park Street Complex  in Honesdale. Over 70 peopled registered for this free event, and received good information about how solar works, how much it costs and if it is a good choice for them.


SEEDS will also be presenting this same workshop on June 24 and 25 in Dushore, at the Sullivan County Conservation District. To register for this location, please contact Corey Richmond at the Sullivan County Conservation District at: (570) 928-7057, or



Presenters Include:

Blair Buselli – a PA and NY approved solar installer and a NABCEP (The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Certified Installer. Blair received his initial solar training in a SEEDS sponsored program in 2009. He donated his time to install the first solar system on a Habitat for Humanity home in PA! (SEEDS and the Wayne County Habitat organization partnered in 2014 to make this happen). 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.







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




Freebies at a Fundraiser! The more you give, the more you get! Both were catch phrases at SEEDS’ (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) annual fundraiser Thursday May 7th, featuring a silent auction and SWAPAPALOOZA. Local businesses donated baskets, gift cards and wonderful items including an overnight stay at the historic Watres Lodge in Lacawac Sanctuary, a wine making kit, NACL Theatre tickets, framed prints, a free photography session and many other items, including a few great baskets that were perfect gifts for mother’s day.

silent auction items

But this unique fundraiser also offered guests a free gift. SEEDS added a SWAPAPALOOZA to the event. Guests who donated a household item they no longer wanted, were able to swap their item for another. Some folks brought four, five and six items, and were able to take home as many items as they brought.

swap items

Swap items included a hedge trimmer, motorcycle helmets, an exercise trampoline, yoga mat, Christmas tree stand, backgammon game, jewelry, plants, workbench, and so much more. Guest MC, Robert Mermell, who serves on the SEEDS Advisory Committee, provided comical commentary and ushered the crowd through the silent auction and the SWAPAPALOOZA event. Everyone had a great time.

Crowd Shot

another crowd shot







“SEEDS is growing. More and more people are joining our organization and supporting our efforts. Anyone interested in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living can meet and mingle with others at our annual fundraiser” said SEEDS Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer. “I was grateful for the support we received from local organizations, who donated terrific items. Since SEEDS supports recycling and repurposing, the SWAPAPALOOZA was a perfect addition to our party. So many asked us to do it again next year, so I think we found our fundraising niche.”

gift card donations

(Honesdale National Bank, Pet Central, Gina Lenz Photography and Dyberry Forks Restaurant all donated gift cards to the event.)

Cramer wanted to thank all the businesses who donated items to the event: New Wave Custom Woodworking, Bethany Village Senior Living Community, Pet Central, Honesdale National Bank, Honesdale Agway, Gina Lenz Photography, Lacawac Sanctuary, NACL Theater, Stephen’s Pharmacy, Wayne Independent, Dave’s Super Duper, Dyberry Forks Restaurant, Fair Hill Farm Riding Academy, Hamlin Distributors, Milkweed, Capra Collina Winery and Wayne Bank. “These businesses recognize the economic benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Their support it critical to SEEDS.”

The doors opened at 6:30 pm. The event took place in the SEEDS office on the second floor of The Cooperage on Main Street in Honesdale, Pa. All funds raised will be used to pay rent for the SEEDS office.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) is a non-profit organization that works with residents and businesses to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and grow our renewable energy infrastructure. Their next upcoming forums are: Green Cleaning – How and why to clean your body/home without harsh chemicals will be held at the Damascus Township Building on Tuesday May 12th at 7 pm. Their annual Do-It-Yourself solar workshop will be held at the Wayne Conservation District on Tuesday and Wednesday June 16 and 17. For more information please contact Jocelyn Cramer at or call (570) 245-1256. Visit to join their newsletter list to be notified of all our upcoming free forums.


John and fruit basket KathyGinaHappy Bev

Ashley and 2 prints


SEEDS member Martin Springhetti attended our second annual Do-It-Yourself Solar Installation Workshop in June earlier this year, and made the decisions to purchase and install solar panels on his garage.

He writes:  “Thank you, Thank you  SEEDS for sponsoring the two free do-it-yourself solar panel installation workshops I attended.  They gave me the knowledge, skills and courage to install my own solar panels.  I have a good location with easy access so it made the project relatively simple.  The system is rated at about seven thousand kilowatts which is about the amount of electricity I used last year.”

We want to thank Martin fro sharing this great photo with us.

Martin Springhetti DIY Solar panels

SEEDS of Northeastern PA forms another partnership generating energy savings for our area.

Earlier this year, SEEDS was asked by Bethany Town Council member John Harvey to assess the Bethany Public Library for energy efficiency, to help save energy costs. SEEDS volunteers Pete Snyder, Jim Martin and Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer walked the building and prepared a customized report for the library to help them upgrade the beautiful and historic space. Recently, SEEDS Board member Luke Turano, also a member of the Honesdale Area Jaycess suggested that SEEDS and the Jaycees partner to perform the work that needed to be done on the library. Most of the issues were air breeches, and could be resolved with caulk, foam and insulation.

On a recent chilly Saturday afternoon, about a dozen volunteers spent 3 hours sealing the library up tight. The supplies needed were minimal; literally a few tubes of caulk, expanding spray foam, insulation and weather-stripping materials. But these volunteers and a few tools made significant improvements to the building without replacing any of the beautiful exterior doors. Think about the amount of energy lost if someone put a softball through your window. You would not wait long before fixing it. If you added up the small air breaches that many buildings have, they can add up to a pretty large hole. So that was the goal that day, to seal all the air breeches possible, and cut down on the heat transfer in cold weather. Caulking guns are clean and easty to use and much cheaper than heat loss

Insulation was secured to an attic hatch door, and some additional insulation was added. Foam paneling was cut and placed in the chimney flue, weather-stripping on the exterior doors was replaced. Exterior doors were insulated on their interior, holes and cracks were filled, such as around windows and doors, and where utility wires and pipes entered the structure, and believe it or not, fun was had by all! The library shared its pre-upgrade energy costs with us, and will share them again with us after the cold months to estimate savings. “It is hard to say exactly how much energy SEEDS helps people save through our forums and free home energy assessments, because we often don’t know which steps we recommend are actually taken. But when SEEDS helps do the actual work, we get very excited about being able to measure the energy savings and share the results with the community” said SEEDS executive Director Jocelyn Cramer.

SEEDS was grateful to all the volunteers that helped that day. Zack Jennings, Liz Johnson, Steve Daniels, Jeremy Coar, and Dan Fisch joined Luke Turano from the Jaycees. They helped Jim Sanders, Pete Snyder, Katharine Dodge and Michael Rollison of SEEDS complete the work. Bethany council member John Harvey and Ruth Bairstow from The Bethany Library were on hand to help direct the work. SEEDS is planning to collaborate with the Jaycees in future workdays helping other non-profits that serve our community upgrade their buildings, and lower their energy costs.

Looking at Air Breeches from outside







For more information about SEEDS, please contact Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer at or by calling (570) 245 – 1256.