On Tues evening, Sept 18th at The Cooperage, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) presents a special 10th anniversary panel discussion titled: Sustainability 2008 – 2018 – 2028 (How far have we come and where are we headed?) Experts on solar, architecture and food will discuss sustainability trends since 2008 (the year of SEEDS founding) and forecast future trends.

The evening is also their annual membership meeting. A brief 15 minute business presentation will precede the panel discussion. The event is free and open to the entire community to come and learn more about sustainability trends in our area, meet some of the drivers of these trends and learn more about future plans.

Michele Sands, one of SEEDS founders, will lead the evening with a discussion on where we were in 2008 and why SEEDS was formed.

Panelists include: Richard Pedranti, an award winning architect and certified passive house consultant based in Milford, PA. He specializes in Passive House and high performance buildings putting modern building science to work creating beautiful, healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient buildings. Richard earned his Bachelor of Science, Major in Architecture, from Pennsylvania State University in 1987 which included time abroad at the University of Florence in Italy.

Upon completing his Masters at Harvard University School of Design, Pedranti was recruited to New York by Rafael Vinoly Architects, one of the leading modern architects of our time. Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA) began in 1996 in the Meat Packing District in the Lower West side of Manhattan.

Licensed in Pennsylvania, New York State and New Jersey and member of the American Institute of Architects, Pedranti specializes in energy efficient residential and small commercial projects in Northeastern Pennsylvania, New York City, and Philadelphia with a particular focus on Pike County projects. Jack Barnett – SEEDS board member and president of the Clean Energy Co-Op, Jack is an independent strategic consultant in the telecom industry, and in areas of sustainability.

Jack has served on Finding PA’s Solar Future, performs SEEDS member solar assessments and serves on the Agriculture subcommittee of Wayne Tomorrow. Jack is a long time member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA.org) and former chapter president for the American Solar Energy Society (ASES.org). With his partner of 26+ years, Dr. Mary Anne Carletta, Ph.D. in Environmental Science, they built a ‘nearly’ zero-net energy super-insulated home with solar thermal hot water and space heating, plus a 5.5kW photovoltaic system.

Christine Ahern is the Executive Director of the Lackawaxan Food Hub, a regional food hub and multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) located in Honesdale, PA, that connects farmers and food producers with consumers, restaurants, and food businesses throughout Wayne, Pike & Lackawanna Counties and Sullivan County, NY.

Christine Ahern ran WJFF Community Radio for 10 years, led the Pauline Oliveros Foundation, helped develop software for Global Action Plan and was an on-board Education Director for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

Christine studied Environmental Conservation, and feels that all work comes back to how we treat our environment, especially our food systems. Most recently she spent 10 years working in the global import/export food business as the Operations Manager for Global Natural Foods.

Special guests also include our Wayne County Commissioners who will present on Wayne Tomorrow, an initiative begun several years ago to promote economic opportunity and improve quality of life. Doors and Cafe open at 5:30 for dinner. Presentation begins at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP at www.SeedsGroup.net or by calling (570) 245 – 1256. All are welcome. Food purchase not required.

 SEEDS is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living in our region. Visit www.SeedsGroup.net to join the SEEDS e-newsletter for all upcoming forums and workshops.