Mar
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Thank you, friend.

Dear Donor

Thank you for your donation! You ensure a continued effort of sustainability progress in NEPA. Your donation will contribute to benefits for you, like energy efficiency and solar PV guidance and assessments, voting capabilities during our annual meeting and reduced admission to our in-person events. It will also allow us to strengthen our current programs and expand to new areas, geographically and into related themes.

SEEDS is currently working on offering more virtual sustainability content that can be absorbed, enjoyed, and shared while practicing social distancing. One of our biggest tasks that is in the works during these winter months is our website overhaul—you might have noticed a new look if you visited our landing page on #GivingTuesday this year. If not, you can still take a look here.

In the next few months, this theme will be expanded to all areas of our website, making it easy to navigate and interesting to discover. We’ll let you know when it’s ready via our newsletter. Sign up if you haven’t already to get updates on all of our monthly events and workshops!

As we continue to grow as an organization and accomplish more in our community, please know that donations such as yours are vital to our success. You are truly a sustainability hero!

P.S. Don’t forget to visit our YouTube channel that is continually growing with new educational video content from our events and forums!

P.P.S. SEEDS of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax-deductible for income, gift, and estate taxes. Our EIN is 80-0302840.

With all our gratitude,

The SEEDS Team

Stay warm this winter.  Michael Chojnicki, Architect, and Stephen Stuart, lifelong advocate of energy efficiency, will discuss the importance of enhancing and maintaining a healthy home in this online workshop via Zoom.

They will explore the various principles guiding energy efficiency, as well as review approaches to winterizing homes using “no and low” cost ways to lower your home’s energy use and save money. Discussions will include home energy audits, the principles of energy efficiency along with a simple awareness and understanding of how the occupant’s activities can affect their home energy usage.

This workshop is FREE and donations are greatly appreciated.  Registration is required.  You will receive the Zoom link upon registration.
Register here: https://myrivertickets.com/events/farm-days-winterizing-your-home-10-10-2020

This workshop is organized by the Farm Arts Collective and sponsored by SEEDS.

 

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SEEDS of Northeastern Pennsylvania will award a $1,000 Sustainability Scholarship to a college-bound high school senior (Pennsylvania resident) for the best essay addressing the following topic:


       Although there are different studies detailing small-business impacts of the pandemic across Pennsylvania, one thing is clear: the pandemic and the accompanying mitigation efforts had a significant and long-lasting financial impact on our small business community. In order to prevent such severe impacts in the future, and to speed-up recovery from the current pandemic, small businesses and local towns must strengthen their resiliency to withstand future stay-at-home orders, supply scarcity, and rising energy costs. For a restaurant it might mean creating a local food network by collaborating with small farmers in their community, investing in energy efficiency measures, and strengthening their online platform to stay connected with customers even with closings in place. For local policymakers, it might mean investing in green spaces, green energy, and green jobs, all of which will attract more people to the area, and therefore create a larger customer base for their small businesses due to cleaner air, thoughtful infrastructure, and wooded parks.  
  
What would your strategy be to increase resiliency for Pennsylvania’s small businesses across the board and to prepare them for the next emergency? List three strategies, choosing from top-down (proactive policies by government officials), bottom/up (adaptive strategies at business level) or a mixed approach, and consider utilizing reports from Reimagine Appalachia, U.S. Small Business Administration, and PennFuture to compose your response. Please be comprehensive and specific.

This scholarship is made to honor the memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt, Western Wayne Class of 2015. Jake worked with SEEDS as a high school student. He was attending Keystone College majoring in wildlife biology when he was a passenger in a fatal car accident. He was a fun, kind, and generous person with an amazing smile. He loved hiking, campfires, being outdoors, his brother, Ben, and his two beagles.

Local high school seniors from Western Wayne High School, Honesdale High School, Wallenpaupack Area High School, Damascus Christian Academy, Canaan Christian Academy, as well as home-schooled seniors who reside within the areas covered by those high schools, are encouraged to submit their essay via email to scholarship@seedsgroup.net.All entries are due by 8PM Sunday, May 2th, 2021.

Details of Participation:

  • 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.
  • 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, plus a “References” page.
  • All specific research must contain properly cited sources and any plagiarized content will be disqualified. Please use in-text citations and a reference page with full citations.
  • Incorrect grammar and spelling will not be viewed favorably, and plagiarism will disqualify an essay.
  • The scholarship funds will be issued directly to the college specified by the student.
  • By submitting a response, participants grant SEEDS the right to promote the content and ideas in each submission, with the participant’s name and photograph.
  • Entries must include:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Email Address
    • Phone number(s)
    • Parent/Guardian Name(s) and Address
    • Current High School (or Homeschool)
    • Proposed Field of Study
    • Name of College you will be attending in the fall
    • Essay

The panel members will review the essays without having access to the students’ information or names. The winner will be notified the following week. 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 Pennsylvania 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 conservation and recycling. For more information, visit www.seedsgroup.net, call 570-245-1256 or email Olga@seedsgroup.net

 

Due to the on-going pandemic, the Judy Wicks presentation of “Resilient Regional Economies” has been changed to an online presentation as part of SEEDS annual membership meeting on Tuesday September 15th, at 6pm and will be open to the public on SEEDS Facebook page and on our YouTube channel.

An early pioneer of the farm-to-table and local economy movements, Wicks is nationally recognized for developing a blueprint for sustainable, local business practices. Since starting Philadelphia’s landmark farm-to-table restaurant, White Dog Cafe in 1983, she has founded many regional and national organizations such as BALLE (now Common Future), the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia, and All Together Now PA.

1988 White Dog Cafe Advertisement Philadelphia, PA

1988 White Dog Cafe Advertisement Philadelphia, PA Source: eBay

Wicks’ work continues to connect urban and rural communities, farmers with entrepreneurs, investors with borrowers, producers with consumers, and engage them in a collaborative effort to build just, resilient, and self-reliant regional economies throughout Pennsylvania.

“Judy brings an entrepreneur’s perspective of regional supply chains and local economy. Her restaurant was wildly successful because of its practices, which restaurant schools at the time considered to be all the ‘wrong things,’” said SEEDS Board Member Jack Barnett. “From that success she learned the critical importance of investing in local businesses, of local businesses buying from other small businesses, and especially for agriculture and local food providers. I’m excited that she’ll be sharing this with us, just as our community leaders have recognized the key role agriculture has in our economy.”

We are so grateful to our sponsors!

Stewardship Sponsors include: Turano Insurance, Honesdale National Bank, and Citizens Savings Bank.

Cultivation Sponsors include: REMAXWayne, Hamlin Dental Center, CLEAResult Consulting, Wayne Economic Development Corporation, and Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.

Insight Sponsors include: Buselli Solutions, The Dime Bank, Here and Now Brewing Company, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Wayne County Chapter, Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau, Farm Arts Collective, Gincgo Inc., and Lewith & Freeman Real Estate, Inc.

Admission is free, donations are welcome.


SEEDS (Sustainable Energy and Education Development Support) of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a nonprofit environmental education organization based in Honesdale, promoting sustainable energy and sustainable living in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

For more information, email us at info@seedsgroup.net, or call (570)-245–1256.

Almost exactly two years ago, SEEDS of Northeastern Pennsylvania partnered with the Lacawac Sanctuary to raise funds for a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system on their visitor center and laboratory building, with SEEDS volunteers providing the labor to install it. The nearly $12,000 of equipment required for the project was jointly funded by donations made to the Lacawac Foundation and SEEDS, thanks to the joint efforts of SEEDS’ then executive director Jocelyn Cramer, and Craig Lukatch, president of Lacawac.

To reap the full benefits of this project, SEEDS held its popular DIY Solar Installation Workshop in Lacawac on June 13th and 14th, providing attendees a very direct way to help the project and learn the basics of solar installation. Then on June 23rd, SEEDS invited volunteers who have taken the workshop (this year or any prior year) to help finish the system installation.

The following array wiring plan was proposed:

By the end of June, the installation of 28 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the south-facing roof of the Lacawac Sanctuary Visitors Center near Lake Ariel was completed. The 8.4-kilowatt capacity system was expected to provide nearly 90% of the annual electricity used in the building, which includes Lacawac Sanctuary’s main offices and biology research laboratory, saving them more than $1100 in yearly operating costs. As of today, the system produced 15.3MWh in two years, avoiding:

  • 3 lbs of SO2
  • 2 lbs of NOX
  • 1 ton of CO2
  • ¼ lbs of PM2.5

This project in the news:

SEEDS 2 Night DIY Solar Workshop – http://wayneconservation.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1368&month=6&year=2018&day=29&calType=0

SEEDS volunteers power Lacawac center – https://riverreporter.com/stories/seeds-volunteers-power-lacawac-center,17517?

SEEDS Volunteers Power Lacawac Sanctuary Visitors Center – https://waynepikenews.com/seeds-volunteers-power-lacawac-sanctuary-visitors-center-p1737-178.htm

SEEDS volunteers power Lacawac Sanctuary Visitors Center – https://www.tricountyindependent.com/news/20180909/seeds-volunteers-power-lacawac-sanctuary-visitors-center

DIY Solar Workshop Includes Installation – https://www.pikechamber.com/newsletter-full.php?date=June%202018&newstid=1597

State Grants Awarded For Two Wayne County Recreation Projects – https://www.senatorbaker.com/2019/11/15/state-grants-awarded-for-two-wayne-county-recreation-projects/

Lacawac Receives $300,000 in Grants to Support its New Environmental Education Center and Programs – https://www.lacawac.org/news–events/lacawac-receives-300000-in-grants-to-support-its-new-environmental-education-center-and-programs


SEEDS is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization promoting 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 forums and workshops. 

SEEDS thanks Gordon Smith of Renewable Energy Solutions, and Blair Buselli of Buselli Solutions for lending their expertise and experience to this project. Both serve on the SEEDS Advisory Committee and are licensed electricians and experienced solar installers in our region.

SEEDS of Northeastern Pennsylvania will award a $1,000 Sustainability Scholarship to a college-bound high school senior (Pennsylvania resident) for the best essay addressing the following topic:


How can people from rural places, like Wayne or Pike Counties, contribute to a sustainable future both locally and globally? How would one balance the trade-offs between sustainability and economic development? Provide examples where sustainability is working or missing in your county. Please be comprehensive and specific.

This scholarship is made to honor the memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt, Western Wayne Class of 2015. Jake loved life, his family, his community and the environment and worked with SEEDS as a high school student. 

Local high school seniors from Western Wayne High School, Honesdale High School, Wallenpaupack Area High School, Damascus Christian Academy, Canaan Christian Academy, as well as home-schooled seniors who reside within the areas covered by those high schools, are encouraged to submit their essay via email to scholarship@seedsgroup.net.

All entries are due by 8PM Sunday, May 24th, 2020.

Details of Participation:

  • 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 
  • 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
  • All specific research must contain properly cited sources and any plagiarized content will be disqualified
  • Incorrect grammar and spelling will not be viewed favorably, and plagiarism will disqualify an essay
  • The scholarship funds will be issued directly to the college specified by the student
  • By submitting a response, participants grant SEEDS the right to promote the content and ideas in each submission, with the participant’s name and photograph
  • Entries must include:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Email Address
    • Phone number(s)
    • Parent/Guardian Name(s) and Address
    • Current High School (or Homeschool)
    • Proposed Field of Study
    • Name of College you will be attending in the fall
    • Essay

The panel members will review the essays without having access to the students’ information or names. The winner will be notified the following week. 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 Pennsylvania 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 conservation and recycling. For more information, visit www.seedsgroup.net, call 570-245-1256 or email Olga@seedsgroup.net

Apr
10
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Face Masks for NEPA

A community mask-making initiative led by Lisa Glover and realized by volunteer cutters, sewers, donors and 3D printers is in full swing. There is a significant amount of orders from various community organizations and persons in need of masks, such as The Cooperage Project, Wayne County First Responders, and food drive volunteers.

 

“The sheer size of requests has risen dramatically in the past week, while our sewing-volunteers have not quite kept pace,” says Lisa.

The effort primarily needs people to cut and sew fabric.”

If you can do either or both, please contact olga@seedsgroup.net.

The current cost per mask is $2 per for scarce supplies, which can be waived if businesses and individuals donate materials needed to sew the masks.

Materials Wish List:
Elastic or hair bands
Cotton non-stretchy fabric
MERV 13 or higher air filters

Collection location:
Stourbridge Project
646 Park Street
Honesdale, PA 18431


Pattern Resources:
Olson Pattern: https://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/simple-step-by-step-tutorial-for-the-olson-mask-pattern

Joann Patterns: https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/

This pattern from Instructables turned out to be very effective, easy to make and comfortable.

We’ve recently shared a PennLive article about common spring wildflowers in Pennsylvania on our FB page. Because there are so many new hikers visiting our parks, some may not know how important it is not to pick the flowers you encounter, especially early in spring. Wildflowers support whole ecosystems for pollinators, birds, and small animals, who depend on seeds, nectar, and pollen for their food supply and life support system. And because some pollinators are not very mobile, have very small home ranges or depend on just one species of plant, it’s always wise to admire, not pick, the flower.

In light of this wonderful time, we’ve created a no-pick scavenger hunt you can do with your kids while you are out on a hike. Feel free to download it onto your phone or share it with friends and family!

SEEDS No-Pick Wildflower Scavenger Hunt p.1
SEEDS No-Pick Wildflower Scavenger Hunt p.2
SEEDS No-Pick Wildflower Scavenger Hunt p.3

With businesses and schools closed, the community is relying on each other now more than ever. We’ve seen organizations put together snack/activity bags for school children, businesses step up and do what they can with what they have, and volunteers using their free time to help those in need.

We at SEEDS want to do our part as an organization. We decided to create a Community Resources Guide—a spreadsheet listing discounts and resources offered by people, businesses and organizations, primarily for Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties, which will be consistently updated.  

This Guide should help people looking for assistance to find it all in one place: http://seedsgroup.net/community-resources/

A lot of community members are putting in their time, resources and money to helping those in need. If you have information about a resource or a discount that is not on this list, please forward it to olga@seedsgroup.net.

Stay healthy and safe!