YES YOU CAN! We’ll Show You How.

Martin Springhetti celebrates the Solar Installation Project he accomplished with instruction from SEEDS.

Two Night Do-It-Yourself Solar Installation Workshop at Wallenpaupack High School

June 25 & 26th, 6-8 p.m. in the Cafeteria

  • Learn how solar works, how much it costs, and how much you can save!
  • Learn if your roof is well oriented to generate solar electricity
  • See and handle all the components and equipment, and learn how to install them properly
  • On-site demonstration and hands-on practice
  • Solar equipment may be ordered, if interested (not required)

All are welcome! No experience required. Please register below. Suggested $10.00 donation at the door.

Presenters Include:

Blair Buselli – PA/NY licensed electrician and NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified solar installer from Buselli Solutions, Beach Lake, PA.

Jack Barnett – A principal consultant in sustainability, solar, zero net-energy buildings, telecommunications technology and strategy; past chapter chair of the American Solar Society, and president of the local Clean Energy Co-Op.

Please join PennFuture, PennEnvironment, National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support Group (SEEDS), Sierra Club Pennsylvania, and Electric City Roasting Company for a panel discussion about how climate change affects Pennsylvanians. Hear from community leaders, climate and energy experts, and a local business, about how we can address climate change as well as its impacts on our businesses and residents.

When: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 11am – 1pm
Where: Valley Community Library
             739 River Street
             Peckville, PA 18452

Panelists:
·        Moderator: Emily Rinaldi, Campaign Manager, Northeast Region, PennFuture
·        Jack Barnett, Solar Circle Representative & Board Member, SEEDS Group
·        Kelly Flannigan, Global Warming Solutions Campaign, Associate, PennEnvironment
·        Kyle Mervau, Product Specialist/Retail Director, Electric City Roasting Company
·        Ed Perry, Pennsylvania Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation
·        Rabbi Daniel Swartz, Spiritual Leader, Environmental Author & Conservation Educator, Temple Hesed

This event is free and open to the public. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided. Enjoy coffee from Electric City Roasting Company, a local business that will explain how climate change will affect the production, distribution, and local consumption of its coffee. To register, please click the button below. Contact Emily Rinaldi at rinaldi@pennfuture.org for questions or additional details.
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Take action on HB 531 today!

Are you interested in using clean, renewable solar energy but are uncomfortable with the idea of putting solar panels on your rooftop? Maybe you have no issues with solar panels, but your rooftop is not positioned well to get the full benefits of solar power. Perhaps you rent your home and can’t legally put solar panels on your roof.

There are many reasons why rooftop solar doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, the US Department of Energy estimates that nearly 50% of US households and businesses are unable to host rooftop solar generation systems.

In many states, there is an alternative to individual rooftop solar called “community solar.” Community solar is a model that provides access to the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy generation to people who are not able or willing to install solar panels on their rooftops. It allows the sharing of local solar-generation facilities by community subscribers who receive credit on their electric bills for their share of the power produced by these solar facilities.

Pennsylvania legislators are considering allowing community solar projects within the state with the proposal of House Bill 531. If you believe that the community solar option is good for Pennsylvania, we encourage you to contact your legislator and ask him/her to support House Bill 531.

Click here to read more.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA will award a $1000 scholarship to a college-bound high school senior (Pennsylvania resident) for the best essay about the following:

“In what ways does our consumption of non-renewable energy sources affect the health and well-being of the Earth and its lifeforms? How does developing “clean” energy alternatives contribute to a more sustainable future? What practices have you seen in your community that indicate we’re going in the right or wrong direction? What information would you provide to educate people? What tools and strategies would you employ to accomplish this, both locally and beyond?”

The scholarship honors the memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt, Western Wayne Class of 2015, who loved life, his family, his community and the environment and worked with SEEDS as a high school student.

Local high school seniors, including homeschooled students, are encouraged to submit their essay via email to scholarship@seedsgroup.net on or before 8:00 pm Sunday, May 19, 2019. The essay may be in the text of the email or in a Microsoft Word file, and should be between 600 and 1600 words in length. Seniors from Western Wayne High School, Honesdale High School, Wallenpaupack Area High School, and Canaan Christian Academy are eligible, as well as home-schooled seniors who reside within the areas covered by those high schools are eligible.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of SEEDS volunteers based on the responsiveness to the topic, the persuasiveness, logic, and cohesiveness of the ideas presented, and other criteria that the panel considers appropriate. Incorrect grammar and spelling will not be viewed favorably, and plagiarism will disqualify an essay. Any statistics cited in the essay need to be referenced by citing the sources. The panel members will review the essays without having access to the students’ information or names. The winner will be notified the following week. Scholarship funds will be issued directly to the college specified by the student.

Applications must include:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Email Address
  4. Phone number(s)
  5. Parent/Guardian Name(s) and Address
  6. Current High School (or “Home-schooled” if that is the case)
  7. Proposed Field of Study
  8. Name of College you will be attending in the fall
  9. Essay

The winner cannot be related to any SEEDS staff or board members. By submitting an essay, you are agreeing that SEEDS can use the essay or excerpts from it for publication or other uses, with your name as the author, with your image. Winners will be encouraged to attend an informal meeting with the SEEDS volunteers during the month of July.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA is a local nonprofit environmental education organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in the Upper Delaware region. Our goals include improving the health of our environment and local economy through energy efficiency and sustainability practices such as recycling. For more information, visit www.seedsgroup.net or call 570-0245-1256 or email Sandy@seedsgroup.net

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SWAPAPALOOZA Time!

The Silent Auction is one part of the fun at SWAPAPALOOZA! Join SEEDS on May 2 for more!!

Be where the fun is in full swing on May 2 at the Cooperage, located at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale, PA! Eat, drink, SWAP and BID. Help to raise money in support of SEEDS at its annual spring FUNdraiser while having a blast outbidding others angling for unique auction items.

The festive fundraiser features live and silent auctions, healthy local food and the opportunity to swap something you no longer love for something you’d like to have! The lively event grows larger every year and offers the opportunity to also mingle with folks who share your interests in energy efficiency, sustainable living, solar energy, recycling and more.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Delicious food locally crafted by Mustard Seed Café will be available for purchase. Though not required, attendees are welcome to bring one item to SWAP in exchange for another.

Donations are still being sought for the auctions. In the past, friends have donated dinners, weekend get-a-ways, massages, tool boxes, goodie baskets, gift certificates, bags of natural fertilizer, gardening supplies and more.

Are you a local business looking to reach folks who value and support local businesses? Are you an artist wanting to share their work with a wider local audience? Are you someone with a skill or service to offer in support of one of the best local non-profit organizations serving our region?

Please consider contributing something to keep the fun—and funds—flowing! Volunteers are welcome, too! Bring a friend! Or two!! The more, the merrier. Your support is truly appreciated as SEEDS grows into its second decade.

Please email Sandy@SeedsGroup.net or call 570-245-1256 for more information.

This spring, SEEDS is partnering with The Greenhouse Project of Scranton to present the 2019 NEPA Green Fair & 5K Run/ Walk on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Nay Aug Park, in Scranton. (Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m.)

The Green Fair is the region’s largest event celebrating clean water, local food, and a healthy environment.

This free, family friendly event will include educational programs and sustainability demonstrations, eco-vendors, live music, local food, children’s activities, hikes, yoga, and more to help educate and inspire action to protect our environment and health.

For more information about SEEDS, visit www.SeedsGroup.net, email Sandy@SeedsGroup.net or call (570) 245 – 1256. Visit nepagreenfair.com for information about the NEPA Green Fair.

NEPA Green Fair logo

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) is thrilled to announce Sandy Long as our new Executive Director. SEEDS, a non-profit environmental education organization based in Honesdale, PA serves the northeastern region of PA, promoting sustainable energy and sustainable living.

“Sandy will be an excellent ambassador for sustainability in our community,” notes outgoing Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer. “It was important to select someone who would continue to work closely with our Commissioners, our county agencies, non-profit organizations, local businesses and community members, as SEEDS has done for so many years. All of us at SEEDS are excited about this new chapter!”

Sandy brings to SEEDS a passion for sustainability supported by action, and a background as an award-winning writer, photographer and artist who focuses pen and lens on environmental, cultural and community issues.

“We are excited about starting our second decade with Sandy, whom we chose from a large field of impressive applicants,” said SEEDS Chair, Katharine Dodge. She has been working closely with Jocelyn, who so capably managed SEEDS for six years, to provide a seamless transition. With her considerable talents and life experiences, Sandy will bring new energy and ideas that will help SEEDS grow and flourish!”

Photo of SEEDS Executive Director Sandy Long.
Sandy Long

Sandy is co-founder of Heron’s Eye Communications (www.HeronsEye.com), a Pike County-based firm which was a 2008 recipient of a PA Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

Following a career in higher education administration, Long freelanced for publications in the Upper Delaware River region and worked as a staff photojournalist and columnist for The River Reporter.

She was selected as the first Artist-in-Residence at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and also served as the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s Artist-in-Residence at Lemons Brook Farm in Bethel, New York. Her artwork has been featured in regional galleries and exhibitions.

Long’s early experiences in nature have inspired her efforts as an advocate for the preservation of wild places and natural resources. She continues to share her passion through community involvement and by holding the natural world as the primary inspiration for her work.

Long earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Communications, from Wilkes University. She was a founding member of the Upper Delaware BioBlitz and has served on Lacawac Sanctuary’s PR Committee and as a board member of the Black Bear Conservatory of Music, as well as regional arts grants and scholarship committees. She enjoys leading poetry and photography workshops that raise awareness of the natural wonders of the region.

Her personal interests include reading, hiking, yoga, kayaking, gardening, guitar, piano and animal welfare. Her work can be viewed at www.SandyLongPhotos.com or http://www.instagram.com/heronseye (@heronseye) or www.facebook.com/heronseye .

“I have had the privilege to work with many dedicated community members, organizations, government agencies and local businesses involved with the conservation of our region’s natural resources and the creation of a sustainable future for all who co-exist here,” said Sandy. “Growing the possibilities for sustainability with a results-based organization like SEEDS is of great value to the future of this truly special place.”

For more information about SEEDS, visit: www.SeedsGroup.net; email Sandy@SeedsGroup.net or call (570) 245 – 1256.

Anna Puleo leans forward to carefully embrace the antique clock that has stopped marking time. Across the table, its owner waits patiently, observing the process by which Puleo, a volunteer Repair Coach at the first Repair Café in the Town of Tusten, NY, examines and ultimately restores the beloved clock to counting time again. As the minutes pass, the pair converses quietly, sharing a connection that is satisfying to both—and characteristic of Repair Cafés everywhere.

Puleo learned the art of repair by watching her father—a diesel mechanic at the JFK Airport for 51 years—fix things. Concerned about the impact of our tendencies to toss, she began collecting discarded vacuum cleaners, restoring their functionality and giving them away. Following the Repair Café she wrote in an email, “I had a blast and it was wonderful meeting like-minded folks. We proved we CAN help the Earth through our actions.”

Community members like Kristin Curtis toted more than 50 items to the first-time event, ranging from delicate jewelry to garments to a large Adirondack-style chair. Most were successfully repaired, according to organizer Jill Padua.

Some folks received assistance to begin a repair, and are welcome to bring the item to a future Repair Café for continued work. Others received a free basil plant along with advice on plant care from Star Hesse. The Western Sullivan Public Library hosted a table of repair-related publications and local foods were contributed.

The Repair Café concept originated in the Netherlands in 2009 by Amsterdam-based journalist and publicist, Martine Postma, and has since been replicated many times. Volunteer repair experts perform repairs free of charge and many items return to functional use instead of landing in a landfill.  (Visit repaircafehv.org to learn more).

The Tusten event was launched in Narrowsburg, NY, by Jill Padua and a dedicated group of volunteers. Padua was inspired by Elizabeth Knight, a friend and former resident of Damascus, PA, who launched a Repair Café in Warwick, NY, after moving there.

Future Repair Café Tusten dates are planned for April 27, July 20 and November 9, with support from the Town of Tusten, Tusten Energy Committee and the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Padua at 845-252-6783 or visit Repair Café Tusten on Facebook.

As a longtime proponent of sustainable living practices such as repair and reuse, SEEDS is exploring possibilities for a Repair Café on the Pennsylvania side of the mighty Delaware River. If you’d like to get involved, contact SEEDS Executive Director Sandy Long at Sandy@SeedsGroup.net or 570-245-1256.

For additional recycling resources, visit neparecycles.com, a partnership project launched by Wayne Tomorrow (https://waynecountypa.gov/255/Wayne-Tomorrow) and supported by SEEDS.

Photo of volunteers for Tusten Repair Cafe.
Volunteers prepare for the first Repair Cafe’ to be held in Narrowsburg, NY on Jan 26, 2019.

Looking for a way to renew your commitment to sustainable living in 2019? SEEDS is excited to share the great news about the first Repair Café event in our area, this Sat. Jan 26 in Narrowsburg, NY. This exciting opportunity to salvage stuff that might otherwise end up in a landfill will take place in the Tusten Town Hall at 210 Bridge Street in Narrowsburg from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local volunteer repair experts will be available to perform repairs free of charge, according to committee member, Jill Padua. “We throw away piles of stuff in the U.S, even things which practically have nothing wrong with them, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair,” says Jill. “Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Repair Café’ wants to change all that.”

People visiting the Repair Café’ are encouraged to bring broken items like that favorite lamp, cracked crockery, bikes, toys, toasters and more. Repair Café’ coaches will tackle computers, electrical or mechanical items, furniture and clothing. Other opportunities include knitting and crocheting, house plant advice, costume jewelry repairs and repurposing, DIY garment fixes and a reading table of “Fix-it books.”

Additional goals of the Repair Café’ are to build new relationships between community members and to promote awareness of the local knowledge and skills that are readily available here.

Town of Tusten Councilwoman and committee member, Brandi Merolla points out that repairs can save money and resources and can help minimize CO2 emissions. “But above all, Repair Café’ just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is.”

Future Repair Café’ dates are planned for April 27, July 20 and November 9, with support from the Town of Tusten, Tusten Energy Committee and the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Jill Padua at 845-252-6783 or visit Repair Café’ Tusten on Facebook. The Repair Café’ concept originated in the Netherlands in 2009 by Amsterdam-based journalist and publicist, Martine Postma. Visit Repaircafe.org to learn more.

SEEDS – Become a Part of the Solution!

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) has been promoting sustainability in this region for 10 years, and we’re making a difference. Join the SEEDS group and become a part of the solution!

Each December, SEEDS asks all of you to consider supporting our organization with a donation. The first $10 of each donation is applied to membership, and allows all of you to become a part of our growing SEEDS group. Here is a copy of our year end letter: SEEDS 2018 Year-End Appeal letter

To make a donation, please visit www.SeedsGroup.net and click the DONATE TODAY button.

(Alternatively, you can mail a check payable to SEEDS: 1030 Main St; 2nd floor; Honesdale, PA 18431)

Since 2008, SEEDS has promoted renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living in this region; to improve the health of our environment, our economy and ourselves.

SEEDS IS GROWING

SEEDS is proud of the larger role we now play in our region’s sustainability initiatives: serving on Wayne Tomorrow; and participating in a PA statewide initiative Finding PA’s Solar Future.

2019 NEPA GREEN FAIR  – Sat April 27, 2019 in Nay Aug Park in Scranton

We are also working with The Greenhouse Project in Scranton to present NEPA Green Fair, Sat. April 27th, 2019 in Nay Aug Park in Scranton. This will be a day-long celebration of all things sustainable, with delicious, healthy food, prizes, music, educational programs and classes. It is also a 5k Run/Walk, so please mark your calendar and join us for the largest Green Fair event in our region!

SEEDS ANNUAL EVENTS

In addition to the more iniatives in planning, SEEDS will offer our annual spring Do-It-Yourself Solar Workshop, and Annual FREE Book Swap in November. We will also be looking for nominees for the Annual GREEN BUSINESS Award SEEDS presents at The Chamber for the Northern Poconos annual awards dinner each October.

FREE Book Swap Volunteers

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Launched com as part of the Wayne Tomorrow initiative
  • Presented the 3rd annual Scholarship to Mason Marie Clark in memory of Jake Burkhardt
  • Installed a Solar System at Lacawac Sanctuary, as part of our annual DIY Solar Workshop
  • Installed solar chargers on National Park Kiosks to improve emergency communications for Rangers and visitors.
  • SEEDS collaborated with The Chamber of the Northern Poconos, Wayne Highlands School District, Wayne County Recycling Center, Sustainable Energy Fund, PPL and the Northeastern PA Audubon Society on many educational forums this year alone.
  • SEEDS has also worked with the Sustainable Energy Fund to provide energy audits for many non-profit facilities in our area. With funding from the John and Helen Villaume Foundation, PPL, Clif Bar Family Foundation and Overlook Foundation, SEEDS has helped make efficiency upgrades for those non-profits.

SOME PROUD MOMENTS

SEEDS, along with Wayne County Habitat for Humanity volunteers, helped install the first solar system on a Habitat home in the state of PA! It was a solar thermal (hot water heating) system, installed in 2014 with the help of SEEDS Adviser and solar installer Blair Buselli. In 2016, we installed another system with Pike County Habitat for Humanity.

In 2016, SEEDS received a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Our Wayne County Commissioners acknowledged our award and endorsed our efforts.

SEEDS will continue our work promoting sustainability for years to come, and we invite you to help make that possible.

Kindly Consider a Donation:

You can mail a check payable to:

SEEDS

1030 Main Street; – 2nd floor of The Cooperage

Honesdale, PA 18431

or visit www.SeedsGroup.net  and click on DONATE TODAY. A contribution can be made via MasterCard, Visa, Amex, Discover or PayPal. You may even select a monthly sustaining amount!

Consider Lending a Hand

Give us a call or send us an email if you’d like to learn more. Our volunteers plan our events, help bake goods, support the Annual FREE Book Swap, and so much more. What would you like to do?

Call Jocelyn at (570) 245 – 1256 or email jocelyn@SeedsGroup.net. Join an incredible group of people and become part of the solution!

Thank you, and have a very safe and joyous holiday season,

From all of us at SEEDS

Board Members: Jack Barnett, Jane Bollinger, Denise Bussiere, Colleen Campion, Sue Currier, Nancy DeYoung, Katharine Dodge, David Ford, Ella Hoerning, Jenna Wayne Mauder

Advisors: Savannah Brunette, Blair Buselli, Mary Anne Carletta, Andrew Drewchin, Chuck Heyn, Nick Hindley, Julie Hudson, Ryanne Jennings, Zachary Jennings, Dr. Carl Milks, Richard Pedranti, Jamie and Larry Reeger Michele Sands, Gordon Smith