SEEDS has hired five area high school students to lead the residential energy conservation program, called TEAAM - The Energy Awareness Action Movement.

 — SEEDS has hired five area high school students to lead the residential energy conservation program, called TEAAM - The Energy Awareness Action Movement.

TEAAM provides free home energy assessments to residents in Wayne and Pike Counties. SEEDS arranges training for the students by a Building Performance Institute certified professional. SEEDS sends a “TEAAM” of two student assessors and an adult volunteer to each home.

Assessments last about an hour, but the benefits last a lifetime. Residents will receive free valuable information on improving their home’s energy efficiency and comfort. All findings are detailed in the free follow-up customized reports.

TEAAM has assessed over 100 homes in this area, resulting in thousands of dollars saved on energy bills.

SEEDS officials expressed their gratitude to the community for supporting this program. They recently received a grant from the John and Helen Villaume Foundation that will fund most of the student salaries this year, literally making this program possible, and allowing them to continue to provide the assessments for free.

They have also received generous donations from area business colleagues at Pioneer Construction Company and Paul and Sandra Meagher from Re/Max Wayne. SEEDS is also grateful for their partnership with Wayne County Job Training.

Here are the students who will be working on the project:

• Cris Forelli lived in New York City until he was five years old, and then moved to northeastern Pennsylvania. He is currently a student at Scranton Preparatory School and enjoys reading, bicycling, track, science and technology. Forelli has donated time to many good deed efforts, including Helping Heart and Hands, Take a Look, Take a Book and Boy Scout roadside cleanups.

• David Stewart was referred by a new SEEDS member who got it right when she thought he would be a good fit for the program. He is organized, and displays a strong work ethic. Stewart will be a senior this fall at Honesdale High School. He hopes to become a law enforcement officer as he has a strong sense of helping and protecting people.

• Jeremy Oettinger was a student assessor with TEAAM last year and was promoted to program coordinator this year. As a student at Wallenpaupack High School, Oettinger was very interested in the school’s geothermal project and even created his own documentary of the installation. He will be studying engineering at Penn State’s Main Campus this fall.

“Homeowners have nothing to lose and everything to gain by participating in the TEAAM free energy assessments” said Oettinger. He is excited to help people and be back leading this year’s TEAAM.

• Kayla Askey lives in Tafton, and will be a senior at Wallenpaupack Area High School. She enjoys reading, biking, kayaking and fishing. She is a member of the marching band and concert band. Askey is good with people and is looking forward to working with families to help cut energy costs.

• Rob McCormick attends the Canaan Christian Academy. He is a Boy Scout and enjoys basketball, swimming and reading. McCormick is very enthusiastic about environmental conservation and is a perfect fit for TEAAM.

How to get your free Home Energy Assessment

Space is limited, so arrange an assessment as soon as possible. Call Jeremy at 570-245-1256 or email him at

You may also visit the SEEDS website to learn more and sign up online.

SEEDS is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop a local renewable energy infrastructure and promote more sustainable living in the area. For more information, visit or at 1030 Main Street, second floor of The Cooperage in Honesdale. The phone number is 570-245-1256.