Our Story

Vision and Mission

Vision: SEEDS maintains a vision of a future where our northeast Pennsylvania community is a model for a sustainable and healthy future, using efficiency, conservation, renewable energy, and local food production for the good of all.

Mission: SEEDS’ mission is to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable living in our communities.


2021: SEEDS, Wayne County Commissioners, and Clean Energy Co-op Inc. received the Environmental Partnership Award from NEPA Environmental Partners in recognition of the public-private partnership that owns and operates a solar array, a new educational kiosk, and a mini-documentary about the project to increase public awareness and knowledge about solar energy.

2019: SEEDS received the Environmental Partnership Award from NEPA Environmental Partners for our 8th Annual Free Book Swap. The award recognizes the Book Swap for exemplifying how partners work together to get big jobs completed for the benefit of the environment and our community. The NEPA Environmental Partners is comprised of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Protection, PA Environmental Council, PPL Corporation, Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, and Wilkes University.

2016: SEEDS received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its continued efforts and services.

2011: SEEDS was recognized by the Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Council with the 21st Environmental Partnership Award for its efforts to build demand and infrastructure for renewable energy and to encourage sustainable living through energy conservation. SEEDS collaborated with Northampton Community College, Wayne County Conservation office, Workforce Wayne, and PPL Electric Utilities as well as many other organizations to provide education and training on alternative energy choices and options.

2011: SEEDS received the Green Power Hero Award from PennFuture for sponsoring two “350” initiatives—encouraging small wind and solar renewable energy installations totaling 350 kWs and encouraging energy conservation that saved $16,000 in region electric bills and kept 85 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. Wayne County is now 3rd in the state in solar PV system installations per capita.

2009: SEEDS received the Green Powerhouse Award from the NEPA Business Journal for sponsoring solar training for 60 area contractors. Several of these trainees have earned Pennsylvania Sunshine certification and two have achieved certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Providers.


Our organization is mostly funded by members/donors and local businesses. We are fortunate to have also received funding from The John and Helen Villaume Foundation, Clif Bar Family Foundation, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, The Wayne County Community Foundation, PPL, The Arcadia Foundation, PA’s Department of Environmental Protection, Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E., The Overlook Estate Foundation and the Greater Pike Community Foundation.


SEEDS continues to work closely with more than 15 local organizations in northeastern Pennsylvania including:

Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County

Honesdale Area JayCees

Johnson College

Northampton Community College

Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance

Non-Profit and Community Assistance Center

Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society

PASA Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)

Pike County Conservation District

Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society

PASA Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)

Pike County Conservation District

PPL Electric Utilities

Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development Council of the USDA

The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center

Wayne County Conservation District

Wayne County Library System

Workforce Alliance

Pike and Wayne Cooperative Extension offices

SEEDS also works with PPL’s E-Power Solutions (a rebate program) team and often co-sponsors events that share energy efficiency information as well as the PPL rebates and incentives available to commercial and residential customers.

SEEDS is also a member of Pike Wayne Conservation Partnership, an alliance of government, non-government, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations with shared goals for natural-resource conservation, sustainable communities and citizen involvement in community planning. The Partners provide a variety of educational programs that touch on all aspects of natural-resource protection in our region. Discover all the member organizations that comprise the Partnership here.