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"Grassroots Green Energy and Sustainability" Quakers For Peace and Justice Series
North Branch Quaker Friends are excited to offer our January Outreach Webinar in support of our Testimony of Sustainability.

Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS) and the Clean Energy Cooperative were birthed in a rural county of northeastern PA. The information and challenges these organizations faced will resonant with small towns as well as larger communities. SEEDS and the Clean Energy Co-op will present information on energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable living, and mustering community financial resources.

SEEDS has received several Pennsylvania state awards for its work. Through SEEDS’ efforts 10+ buildings are now powered by solar PV, and more and more residents and farmers are choosing sustainability over the status quo.
SEEDS podcast "Today’s Main Ingredient: Bringing Farm Food to Your Table” consists of 15-minute programs, focusing on local farms and businesses.
Services provided by SEEDS include virtual and physical community forums and workshops, free residential and nonprofit energy assessments, solar site assessments, and environmental education.

The Clean Energy Cooperative Inc. is a member-owned, separate legal entity that 'spun-out' from SEEDS in 2014, with members throughout PA and elsewhere, that finances and develops clean energy projects for community-based businesses and non-profits. Four commercial solar projects have been completed to date, including one named the 2016 "National Best Community Renewable Energy Project" by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. The Co-op, SEEDS, and other partners just received a 2021 Northeast PA Environmental Partnership Award for their public-private partnership that installed solar on a Wayne County government-owned building.

Find out more at https://seedsgroup.net/ and

Jan 27, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kathy Dodge
Chair @Sustainable Energy Education and Development
Kathy is one of the founding members of SEEDS, holding leadership positions from 2008 until the present. She thinks that SEEDS is one of the most inspiring groups she has ever worked with. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MA from Marywood University. She moved to Wayne County in 1972 to work as staff illustrator at Highlights for Children Magazine. She lives on an old farm in Lake Ariel with husband Pete Snyder where they raised two sons, and continue to raise most of their own food. They have solar power, an all-electric vehicle, and a geothermal system.
Christine (Chris) Weigand
President @Clean Energy Co-op
Chris is a retired math teacher. She enjoys yoga and outdoor recreation. Chris has had a long-time interest in environmental and social justice issues and has been involved in a variety of local organizations including Audubon, SEEDS, Victims Intervention Program and WJFF radio.
Jack Barnett
Board Member @Clean Energy Co-op
After a nearly 30 year career in the telecommunications industry, Jack is now an advocate for sustainability, local foods, solar, zero net-energy buildings and electric vehicles; and is past chair of a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. His on-going project is a super-insulated, solar home and garden near Hawley, PA, owned with his wife, Mary Anne Carletta. Jack is also a board member of SEEDS, and has taken over 100 hours of solar technology and installation courses and volunteered at multiple solar PV job sites. Jack holds Electrical and Computer Engineering degrees from Clemson University and Carnegie Mellon University.
Michele Sands
Founder of SEEDS @Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support
Member North Branch Religious Society of Friends; founding member SEEDS and Clean Energy Co-op. Principal, Fair Hill Farm, Tyler Hill 1997-2020. Currently residing in Collington Continuing Care Retirement Community near Washington DC. Michele will provide background on how the work of these organizations relates to Quaker beliefs.