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HONESDALE, PA — Sandy Long, a contributor to The River Reporter’s River Talk column, is the new executive director of the non-profit energy and environmental education organization, SEEDS.
SEEDS serves the northeast region of Pennsylvania, promoting sustainable energy and sustainable living through projects and awareness-raising.
“Sandy will be an excellent ambassador for sustainability in our community,” said outgoing executive director Jocelyn Cramer. “It was important to select someone who would continue to work closely with our Commissioners, our county agencies, non-profit organizations, local businesses and community members, as SEEDS has done for so many years.”Sandy brings to SEEDS a passion for sustainability supported by action, and a background as an award-winning writer, photographer and artist who focuses pen and lens on environmental, cultural and community issues.
Sandy is a co-founder of Heron’s Eye Communications (www.HeronsEye.com) a Pike County-based firm, and the 2008 recipient of a Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Following a career in higher education administration, Long freelanced for publications in the Upper Delaware River region and worked as a staff photojournalist and columnist for The River Reporter. She was selected as the first Artist-in-Residence at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and also served as the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s Artist-in-Residence at Lemons Brook Farm in Bethel, NY. Her artwork has been featured in regional galleries and exhibitions.
Long’s early experiences in nature have inspired her efforts as an advocate for the preservation of wild places and natural resources. She continues to share her passion through community involvement and by holding the natural world as the primary inspiration for her work.