2019 GREEN Business Award


In October, the Chamber of the Northern Poconos will present their annual awards dinner that honors philanthropic and entrepreneurial achievements in our community. For 6 years now, The Chamber and SEEDS have partnered to also present a Green Business Award at the dinner.

“It is important to recognize the sustainability initiatives our region’s businesses are implementing”, Executive Director Jocelyn Cramer noted about this award. “Previous GREEN Business Award winners  exemplify this area’s innovation and commitment to the environment”.

Here is an application form for the 2018 Green Business Award, due August 24th.

Green Business Nomination Form 2018 (1)

If your business is not yet a member of The Chamber of the Northern Poconos, you can find a membership application HERE.

What makes a business GREEN? 

“I think any business can and should grow greener, regardless of the industry or number of employees. After all, we know that certain measures can save money, and we know that customers are increasingly interested in earth-friendly business practices.” said Cramer.

Being GREEN means a business is committed to the triple bottom line of people, profit and planet.

Here are ways you can make any business GREENER…

1. Recycling is a great way to start, and something that can always be improved upon. Unless a company is at zero waste (which is amazing!) they can recycle, reuse, repair, re purpose more. Want help knowing what can be recycled and where, visit: www.NEPArecycles.com. This website was created by the Wayne Tomorrow sustainability committee to encourage more recycling and demonstrate many of the community initiatives available in Wayne County.

2. Reduce energy load – upgrade lighting, patch air – breeches, clean and maintain heating and cooling systems, install programmable thermostats and vacancy sensors. Improve insulation. All of these measures can save money in the long run and demonstrate efficient facilities management to your employees and customer base. Patching air-breeches is quick and easy, and usually pays for itself very quickly. Buy a little caulk (spend a couple dollars more on the good stuff), expandable foam and weatherstripping. Not sure how to do this – you can find YouTube “How To” Videos on almost anything. Typically, lighting upgrades can produce the next quickest return on your investment, resulting in positive cash flow within a few months. PPL has rebates and incentives to help their business customers. Visit: https://www.pplelectricbusinesssavings.com/

3. Switch to  green electricity – PA utility customers can shop for their electric generation company. The best resource is www.PAPowerSwitch.com. In just a few moments, you can see all the options available in your area. Enter your zip code, filter the options that matter to you most (choose the renewable energy option) and make your switch! Once you do – make sure to share this info with your employees and customers.

4. Install a renewable energy system to heat or cool your building and reduce carbon emissions. If you are not sure how to get started, contact SEEDS for further info and guidance.

5. Donate to an environmental non-profit organization. Publicize your charity. Ok, we’re biased. We think SEEDS is a well deserving organization that has been promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in notheast PA for 10 years. Click HERE to donate today.

6. Encourage employees to ride share when possible. Enterprise offers an excellent Ride Share program for larger businesses. Click HERE for more info.

7. Purchase local food and encourage employees to do the same. Our local agricultural heritage can be protected and improved with the growing demand for local, healthy food. Often, not knowing where to buy local food is an issue, or not knowing when the farmer’s markets are. SEEDS has compiled a Local Farmer’s Market Buying Guide HERE.

8. Save water. Water is becoming an increasingly precious commodity. Upgrade toilets, shower heads,  washing machines, and dishwashers to high efficiency, low flow options. Reduce the amount of water used wherever you can. Saving water also saves money  – less pumping. And saving hot water saves the most money.

9. Print less. Print doubles-sided.  Nearly all large companies have adopted double-sided printing as the norm. Most have also removed all personal printers and installed only shared printers with personalized print security codes. This initiative is helping people adopt to paperless administration. It also has reduce printing by over 60% in many cases, saving companies incredible money on paper and print cartridges/toners. Also, some fonts use much less ink than others. Changing your default fonts can save lots of money!

10. Offer telecommuting when possible. When employers can offer their employees the option of working some hours from home, we get it, the main reason may not be the environment. This options give an employee flexibility  –  it saves them time and gas money. Telecommuting options are also known to be an attractive employee retention tool.

11. Use Earth Friendly Cleaning products. Eliminating harmful chemicals from your cleaning routine can help your employees who are allergic or intolerant of cleaning chemicals. Some people do not even realize they allergic or intolerant, and think they have seasonal allergies. It may be the cleaning products, air-freshners or candles!  There are wonderful natural options for room fresheners and fragrances. You can visit Honesdale’s own Mount Pleasant Herbary for great products. Stores are carrying a larger selection of natural cleaning products. Ask for them if you don’t see them, and you can help shop owners know of your interest in their stocking more options.

12. Invest locally. Investing money in your community sustains your community. Here in northeastern PA, we are very fortunate to have so many businesses support their communities. Shop local, and encourage all your employees to shop local. They are literally helping their neighbors and friends. Shopping local includes the doctors you choose, insurance brokers you work with and your bank. Another way to invest locally is to become a member/investor in the Clean Energy Co-Op, a for profit cooperative that finances community clean energy projects. Member/investors get a return on their investment, and the community has an increase in renewable energy systems, and reduces carbon emissions for us all.

13. Your turn. Share your ideas with us. There is a lot more than what you reading here, so share with us any practices you have implemented. We’d love to hear about it!

HEALTH — we have shared a lot of good ideas to make your business greener, and one of the many reasons to do so, is to help promote good health. A reduction in carbon emissions means better health for all of us. Eliminating harmful  chemicals from our food means better health for all of us. Many sustainability practices were known and preached by our very recent ancestors. Sustainability isn’t hard or new. It takes just a moment:

to think about how our habits and routines can be improved

to think about how we can save money and resources

and to think about how we can do less damage to our earth and ourselves.

Share any of your comments or ideas with us. Email jocelyn@SeedsGroup.net.


YOU DID IT! You helped make the SEEDS Annual SWAPAPALOOZA Fundraiser, our most successful yet!

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) celebrated its 10th anniversary with their largest, and most successful fundraiser yet. The event, held recently at The Cooperage, featured Mistress of Ceremonies Mikki Uzupes, a silent auction, live auction and their annual SWAPAPALOOZA! To reinforce an important sustainability practice: Re-use, Re-pupose, Recycle – the SWAPAPALOOZA allows guests to bring 1 item they no longer love, and SWAP it for another. The fast-paced SWAPAPALOOZA is a lot of fun each year, and allows guests, who are spending their dollars to support SEEDS’ mission, to take home a new treasure for free. Guests were treated to dinner and desserts catered by Mustard Seed Café. This year’s event drew nearly 90 people and slightly surpassed their fundraising goal!

The SEEDS fundraiser auction always features unique community service items including: guided bird walks, home cooked meals, leaf blowing, poetry readings, photography session, art lesson, eagle watch bus tour, massage therapy and a fall foliage aerial tour of Wayne County in a  Cessna 210! SEEDS has made a point to include these donated services, which allow folks to meet new people, make new friends, to learn more about the talented people in our area, and explore the natural world around us. In addition to these services, guest could bid on restaurant certificates, coffee, craft beer, hotel stays, artwork, antiques, maple syrup, alpaca yarn and so many wonderful gift baskets and certificates.

In addition to all the folks who attended, donated, and bid on items, to make this our record breaking fundraiser to date, SEEDS would like to extend a special thank you to the following organizations who support the SEEDS mission with their donations: A Picker’s Find, Augusta Acres, B. Madigan Jewelry, Bethany Senior Village, Black and Brass, Community Vocational Services, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, The Cooperage, Mustard Seed Café, Dorchester House Antiques, Eye Candy Body Arts, Fair Hill Riding Academy, Fertile Valley Farm Store, Gina Lenz Photogrpahy, Green Outlet, Hawley Antique Exchange, Here and Now Brewing Company, Honesdale Agway, Honesdale Massage, Irving Cliff Brewery, James Manning Bed and Breakfast, Joe and Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Journey’s End Farm, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Region IGA, Mother Hen Art Studio, Mt, Pleasant Herbary, North of the Border Fireworks, Old School Farm, Picture Perfect Framing Gallery, Pines Tavern, Stephen’s Pharmacy, Time Machine Antiques and the Wayne County Historical Society.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) of Northeastern PA promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living. To learn more, visit SeedsGroup.net.








(MC Mikki Uzupes and SEEDS Director Jocelyn Cramer)









Crowd at The Cooperage for SEEDS’ Annual SWAPAPALOOZA Fundraiser



  SEEDS Announces 2018 Do-It-Yourself Solar Workshop: June 13 &14 

This year’s 2 night workshop will include an actual solar installation at Lacawac Sanctuary. Attendees may participate in June 23 workday for further training. 








  • Learn how solar works and how much it costs
  • Learn if your roof is well positioned to generate solar electricity
  • On-site demonstration and hands-on practice
  • Solar orders may be placed if interested (not required)

2018 BONUS: Optional Installation Workday June 23  (rain date June 24)

Presenters Include:

Blair Buselli –  PA/NY approved & NABCEP Certified Installer (The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) of 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, & President of The Clean Energy Co-Op.

Registration is required plus suggested $10.00 donation.

Visit www.seedsgroup.net to register, or click HERE

SEEDS member, Martin Springhetti celebrates the completion of his DIY Solar Installation


To plan your stay in Wayne County,

Visit: www.visitwaynecounty.com

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SEEDS Offers a $1000 Scholarship for Best Sustainability Essay

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

Describe some of the recycling progress that has been made in our rural community. What recycling efforts elsewhere could be adopted here? And why is it important? Include ways to replace or eliminate “disposable” items (e.g. straws, plastic bags, styrofoam).

This scholarship will be in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt, Western Wayne Class of 2015.

Local high school seniors, including homeschooled students, are encouraged to submit an essay via email to scholarship@seedsgroup.net on or before 8:00 pm Friday, May 18, 2018.  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.

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 after reviewing the essays.  As always, incorrect grammar and spelling will not be viewed favorably, and plagiarism will disqualify an essay.  Any statistics referenced in your essay need to be referenced. Cite your sources. The panel members will review the essays without having access to any of the students’ information, including the students’ names. The winner will be notified the week of May 21. The 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 encourages 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 our region. Our goals include improving the health of our environment and local economy through energy savings and independence.  For more information, visit www.seedsgroup.net or email jocelyn@seedsgroup.net.

If you missed it last year, this Friday, May 25 is a chance to see the solar powered film festival in Honesdale. This time, the venue is Old School Farm, 303 Upper Woods Road, so you can enjoy great pizza, and BYOB while taking in the 90 minute festival, made up of 10 short films. Each film is selected for its ability to intrigue the viewer about other people and places in our big, beautiful world.

For more info click HERE


Screening begins at 8:30. Pizza is served beginning at 5:30 pm.


Music performed by Keenan O’Meara.


















For more info about the film festival founders, and their solar equipment, Click:  Oscillation Transia Film Festival.

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For more info about Old School Farm, Click HERE.



What are our local businesses doing to help the environment?   Lots!  On Saturday May 5th, several local businesses will be participating in a self-guided Sustainability Open House Tour, sponsored by The Chamber of the Northern Poconos and SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support). This tour will be free and open to the general public, who can visit any of the participating businesses during the hours posted below.  Learn about local green business practices and see renewable energy systems, zero-waste practices,    recycling/composting measures and high energy efficiency equipment. Come see and support these businesses. This event was created to demonstrate the growing trend of earth-friendly business practices, and to encourage more. Treat yourself to this unique self-guided Sustainability Open House tour!

Participating businesses include:
Green Outlet – 45 Brown Street in Honesdale, near Honesdale Agway.  Green Outlet is a 5,000 sq.ft. retail store in Honesdale, dedicated to a Reuse-Recycle-Re purpose concept, buying and selling NEW and USED home furnishings, appliances, kitchen cabinetry, lighting and much more. They are devoted to providing the community with an affordable alternative for all home items, while reducing waste and the negative impact on our planet. Need a door or a window? Come see their large selection and save hundreds of dollars! Green Outlet is also a U-Haul dealer, making it very convenient to get your purchases home.

Green Outlet is open Sat May 5 from 10 am – 5 pm.

Nature’s Grace947 Main Street, Honesdale.   Nature’s Grace is a health food and wellness store dedicated to our planet’s and our personal sustainability. The store generates electricity from a roof mounted solar system. You can see the meter in the shop that displays the electricity generation.  Nature’s Grace uses high efficiency lighting, occupancy sensors, and LED lights in their freezers and coolers.  There is a great selection of nutritional supplements, organics and environmentally friendly cleaning products. The deli counter uses compostable and recyclable paper and plastic. Drop in for lunch and drop off your batteries to be recycled (for a nominal fee). YES, you can buy milk and eggs on Main Street.

Nature’s Grace is open Saturday May 5 from 10 am – 5 pm.

Here and Now Brewing Company – 645 Main Street, Honesdale. Saving money, being environmentally conscious, and creating jobs help new businesses serve their community and our planet. Here and Now Brewing Company wanted to be as energy efficient as possible right from the start to ensure their own sustainability. They looked back to look forward, converting a historic, 160-year-old building on Main Street in Honesdale into a bustling bar and restaurant. Materials throughout the building were removed, restored, re-used or repurposed. On the operations side of the things, Here & New worked with PPL’s Act 129 rebates to purchase the most energy efficient equipment available. A custom rebate program enabled the brewery to purchase a glycol chiller that helps cool the beer and the kitchen goods. The brewery also re-uses its wastewater for cleaning and composts fruits, vegetables and grain born of the brewing process. Altogether, Here & Now pays 60% less in energy costs than the previous retail tenant. Hard to believe when you visit one of the most lauded, dynamic breweries in the state. Pop in to taste what all the fuss is about! Here & Now is open for beer and eats Thursday-Saturday. Check hereandnowbrewingcompany.com for hours and menus. Even if you’re not a beer lover, there is plenty for all. Literary lovers – you must join their mailing list! You’ll see!

Here and Now opens Saturday May 5 at 1 pm.

Wayne County Recycling Center – 66 Volunteer Drive, (off Route 652 near Beach Lake) Honesdale. Wayne County offers a source-separated Recycling Center and county-wide drop-off program for area residents. Materials accepted include; clear, green & brown glass bottles, #1 & #2 plastic bottles, metal & aluminum cans, newspaper, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, chipboard, scrap metal and appliances. You can also bring tires (for a small fee) and clothing and other textiles to donate to needy families. Source-separated recycling offers an efficient and more environmentally friendly alternative to landfilling, and it provides the County with a source of revenue. The Wayne County Recycling Center is also helping the community by accepting eye glasses for the Honesdale Lion’s Club’s Recycle for Sight program, and cell phones (plus batteries an charger) to give to Honesdale’s Victims Intervention Program. Your old cell phone can help a victim of domestic abuse when they need it most. So drop by to see the Wayne County Recycling Center operations, and meet some of the volunteers. There is also a Back Yard Composting Display, a joint effort with The Master Gardener Program, Penn State Cooperative Extension. Once you have seen the place, we hope you’ll start bringing them your recyclables!

Visit the Wayne County Recycling Center from 9 am – 12 pm on Sat. May 5.

Hamlin Beer Distributors – 590 Hamlin Highway, Hamlin, PA 18427. Hamlin Beer Distributors is your beer and malt beverage headquarters, offering an excellent selection of domestic, craft and imported beers. But did you know they generate much of their electricity from solar? Come see the large ground-mount solar system behind their building, and learn about their high efficiency air exchanger by FreeAire, that uses outside cool air to keep beer cold.  Hamlin Distributors also offers one of the area’s best selections of home brew and wine making supplies.  Home brewing reduces waste and packaging, and can be lots of fun. To help get you started, they have experts and a home brewer on staff.

Hamlin Distributors is open Sat May 5 from 9 am – 8 pm.

Himalayan Institute – 952 Bethany Turnpike, Honesdale, PA 18431. The mission of the Himalayan Institute is to inspire and empower all those who wish to reach their full potential. Their headquarters, residential & guest facilities, along with 22 additional buildings, including the PureRejuv Wellness Center, are situated on 400 acres nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, just outside Honesdale, PA. The PureRejuv Wellness Center offers integrative health services and therapeutic treatments designed for accelerated healing, disease prevention, and long-lasting vitality. For over 45 years, the Himalayan Institute has been a pioneer of yoga in the West and a world leader in yoga lifestyle programs. Come see the campus and enjoy a tour of their facilities and an overview of their services.  Come see their large commercial solar thermal system. But here is something we want everyone to know about the Himalayan Institute. They are leading a trend in northeast PA with their Zero-Waste goal, encouraging others to do the same.  The Institute recycles everything they can. Their Zero Waste hallway has collection bins for white paper, mixed paper, commingled items, cardboard, plastic, and styrofoam. They partner with local businesses to carry away most of these items, avoiding additional landfill waste. The nearby Anthill Farm hauls away 300 pounds weekly of food scraps for composting and the Wayne County Recycle Center takes their paper and cardboard. Their Mother Divine Boutique – a recycling closet where people may donate and/or take clothes, electronics, household items, books, etc.- in the spirit of “need a penny, take a penny” is something businesses everywhere can replicate for their employees. The Seventh Day Adventist Church picks up items bi-weekly from the Boutique and resells in their church’s donation-only boutique. Already the Himalayan Institute has seen the financial benefit of our recycling efforts, saving $12,000 annually.

Join them Sat. May 5th for the Sustainability Open House Tour between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served.


Suggested route to see all on Sat May 5 & drop off your recyclables and pick up lunch!

9:00 am –           Himalayan Institute – 952 Bethany Turnpike, Honesdale; Refreshments served.

10:15 am –         Nature’s Grace – 947 Main Street, Honesdale. Grab a few groceries!

10:45 am–         Green Outlet – 45 Brown Street, near Honesdale Agway.  Pick up a rug, lamp, vase!

11:15 am   –        Wayne County Recycling Center -66 Volunteer Drive (off Rt 652; Beach Lake) Honesdale.

12:00 pm –        Hamlin Beer Distributor –  590 Hamlin Highway, Hamlin. Get your weekend beverages!

1:00 pm –           Here and Now Brewery  – 645 Main Street, Honesdale. Enjoy lunch after your tour!

Use this map to help:


We want to hear from you. What can be done to encourage more green business practices in our area? Do you know of other great examples? Contact SEEDS (570) 245 – 1256 or email jocelyn@seedsgroup.net.





YIPEE! It’s almost here!!!!

Where can you eat local food, drink local beer and get great baskets of goodies while supporting the environment?  Why at the SEEDS annual fundraiser and SWAPAPALOOZA of course!

Please RSVP HERE. 

On Thursday May 3rd, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) will host its annual fundraiser auction with SWAPAPALOOZA at The Cooperage, at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale. Doors open at 5:30. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm. Dinner is available for purchase from Mustard Seed Café! Some of the exciting gifts that have been donated to our auction so far include a Fall Foliage Tour of Wayne County –departing from Cherry Ridge Airport in a Cessna 210; a Guided Bird Walk; An overnight stay at beautiful Lacawac Sanctuary, Ellen Silberlicht pottery, framed artwork and so much more.  So many baskets and other items will be available, just in time to shop for Mother’s Day.  SEEDS is very grateful to the many businesses and individuals who donate wonderful items to help cover general operating costs for SEEDS.


In addition to the auction items, SEEDS will continue the SWAPAPALOOZA tradition. This fast-paced recycling event is fun for all, whether you participate or just watch. Bring in 1 item you no longer love, and SWAP it for another item…for FREE!  Past SWAP items included bird houses, tools, jewelry, plants, exercise equipment, motorcycle helmets, hedge trimmers, artwork, candlesticks, certainly there is something for everyone! Limit 1 item per person.

This year, SEEDS is celebrating our 10th Anniversary, so please join us. Please bring your friends, your checkbook and help support SEEDS.

Please RSVP HERE. 

SEEDS is still seeking donations for this event. If you have an item, service, gift card you would like to donate to the SEEDS fundraiser, please contact Jocelyn Cramer at Jocelyn@seedsgorup.net of (579) 245 – 1256.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our area, to improve the health of our environment and local economy.

Click here for flyer: SEEDS 2018 Annual FUNdraiser SWAPAPALOOZA!.You’re invited!


Recycling Workshop with Rocket Composter Demonstration

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) will be presenting RECYCLING: Past, Present, Future which will include a demonstration of the Rocket Composter on Wednesday night April 25th at the Honesdale High School at 6:30 pm. Park near the District Office – 474 Grove Street in Honesdale. Suggested donation is $5.

This forum was created because of all the questions about recycling. Come learn how recycling all began, the good, the bad and the ugly of single stream recycling, and best practices for tomorrow. Learn how to increase recycling in your daily household routine. Learn what innovative recycling initiatives our schools and local businesses have implemented. See the Rocket Composter at Wayne Highlands School District and learn how every student changed behavior to make this work, how the County got involved and supported the project, and how the community is benefitting.

Guest speakers include: Chuck Heyn – one of SEEDS’ Founders; Randy Heller – Wayne County Recycling Director; and Stephen Moulton, Business Operations Director of the Himalayan Institute, who will present on their Zero-Waste campaign.

Rocket Composter on site at Wayne Highlands School District – students launched the initiative, the County wrote the grant, and WHSD became the 1st school in PA to have one!

6:30 pm   – Rocket Composter Viewing and Demonstration – Arrive and park near the District Office, 474 Grove Street. The Rocket Composter is behind the Maintenance Shed. Hear from students and staff about the implementation and what the Rocket does! Learn how the students desire to reduce landfill waste, and community partnerships resulted in the first Rocket Composter at a Pennsylvania school!

7:00 pm   – Recycle presentation begins – indoors in the LGI room, a short walk from the Rocket. Volunteers will help direct you.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living. Visit www.seedsgroup.net  or call (570) 245 – 1256 to learn more and sign up for the monthly newsletter.