Sustainable Cherry Hill (SCH) is an all volunteer 501c3 non-profit community outreach and educational organization that fosters the global sustainability movement at a local level.Â Creating resources that facilitate this shift in lifestyle, while connecting people in the community for and around our mission, lays a foundation for making the necessary change to a sustainable way of life- one less geared to environmentally damaging and socially inequitable consumption patterns, and one that works in harmony with the planet, its resources and their limits.
“Bringing people together to build a sustainable South Jersey.”
SCH strives to continuously tap Cherry Hill and the surrounding region’s greatest resource- its people- in order to shift to a sustainable way of life. We do this through hosting educational events, networking opportunities, supporting community based task forces and acting as a general clearing house of information on sustainability news and events. We provide a structure for people at all levels to work together to pursue their passions and use their unique skills and networks in the service of a more sustainable community.
SCH is essentially a community group in that our approach to sustainability recognizes that everyone making small changes results in big differences collectively. As such, it is critical that we establish and nurture relationships with all area stakeholders, including government, schools, businesses, faith groups, other community groups and individuals from all over South Jersey. But grassroots cannot do it alone. Â Large scale change requires leadership by governments and corporations. Â An educated and empowered populace can put pressure on these entities from the ground up.
- Sign up for our mailing list and subscribe to this website to stay up to date on all SCH happenings.
- Follow us on Twitter @sojerseygreen and “LIKE” our Facebook page!
- Attend one of our free or low cost community educational events.
- Meet us atÂ Green Drinks âOne Green Night a Month.â The event takes place the first Wednesday of EVERY month from 6-8pm at PJ Whelihans on Route 70 in Cherry Hill.Â Stop by and hang out with folks in your community who are thinking and talking about sustainability.Â Green Drinks is a friendly, informal setting for networking and building community!Â SCH provides the green networking opportunity; you buy your own drinks!
- Explore the Task Force section of our website.Â We have grassroots groups working hard to make our vision of a sustainable community a reality.Â Figure out which task force is a good fit for your skills and passions, roll up your sleeves, contact the group leader and get to work!
- Support our efforts with a donation, sponsor one of our educational programs or join us at one of our âcommunity buildingâ fund raisers.
- Offer your time and talents to help move SCH forward as a non profit organization. We are an all-volunteer group and always need a hand with planning, communicating and running events.
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Despite the FebruaryÂ afternoon being the nicest Sunday in months, seventy-seven residents from all overÂ South JerseyÂ felt it more important to learn about the demise of the honeybee population than to be outside. The Garden Task Force of Sustainable Cherry Hill in cooperation with Rutgers Master Gardeners ofÂ CamdenÂ CountyÂ presented the documentary filmÂ Queen of the SunÂ at the Cherry Hill Library.Â This award winning movie released in 2010, explored all aspects of the impact of the demise of the honeybee including social, economic and scientific/biologic implicationsâwhat sustainability is all about.
The program was opened by nine year old, Leah Wayne, a third grade student at theÂ JohnsonÂ SchoolÂ inÂ Cherry Hill. After learning about the honeybee problem during a field trip to a local farm, Leah made it her mission to save the bees. She has increased awareness of the problem by participating in many events in the area. She will be at the Garden Task Force booth at the Arts Bloom in Cherry Hill Earth Festival on April 26, 2014 with her displays and answering questions. It is hoped that the many children attending the festival will also take an interest in this important topic and learn what they can do to help.
Following the movie, Ned Morgan, president of the South Jersey Beekeepers Association and a member of the Executive Board of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, answered questions from the audience. Ned maintains approximately 20 hives and harvests seasonal wildflower honey in DeerfieldÂ Township. Ned and his wife, Doris, a Rutgers Master Gardener ofÂ CumberlandÂ CountyÂ will be the speakers at the next Rutgers Master Gardener Homeownersâ Class on March 20. The class is entitled âBackyard Beekeeping and Your Gardenâ.Â Â For more information, call 856-216-7130, emailÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ or go to the websiteÂ http://camden.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden/. Ned and Doris will also be participating at the Earth Festival at the Garden Task Force booth.
Even though the topic of the afternoon was extremely disturbing, most residents left with a clear mission ahead of them: to do whatever they can to help increase the bee population by adding pollinator friendly plants to their yard and garden, considering having a backyard beehive and eliminating dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to the bees.
March 9, 2014
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Dr. David Robinson, NJ State Climatologist
Tuesday, April 8, 7pm to 9pm
Cherry Hill Library
FREE program but registration is required.
On the heels of Sandy, New Jersey has been on the receiving end of a polar vortex of bitter cold and record snowfall totals. As March 2014 roars in like a lion, ever wonder what drives our changing seasons here in NJ? Beyond our current winter weather or individual storms, there is climate. Over time, our climate delivers bounty (YO, we are the âgarden stateâ after all…) while also baffling us with storms and special gifts such as this challenging winter. Is New Jersey climate changing? Getting colder? Getting hotter? Getting wetter?
Hereâs another question: did you know NJ has a state climatologist? Dr. David Robinson will join us to talk about New Jerseyâs climate, what drives it and to answer your questions about whether (pun intended..) weather is changing. Stay tuned as more panelists are announced for this program.
Dr. David Robinson is a professor at Rutgers University and has served as the NJ State Climatologist since 1991. His research focuses on climate and climate change; in particular, regional climate and climate change issues. He is the author of numerous articles, has contributed to numerous books and among other honors, was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2012.
March 9, 2014
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Think global. Â Drink local.
Join us on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Â in the back room at PJ Whelihans from 6-8pm!
SCH has its own chapter of this popular social and business networking happy hour that brings together a wide array of green minded people each month over beverages to discuss sustainable solutions, ideas, concepts and much more.
This laid back, unstructured gathering is part of an international movement and a collaborative effort with Green Drinks Philadelphia.
And remember, the efforts of SCH are regional and inclusiveâŚ you do not need to be a Cherry Hill resident to participate with us.
Stop by the first Wednesday of EVERY month at PJ Whelihanâs on Rt. 70 and Greentree Rds in Cherry Hill from 6-8 pm to hang with us and other like minded folks in the community. Everyone is friendly and eager to meet new people!
Note:Â SCH provides the âGREENâ opportunity to network, but not the âDRINKSâ!
Everyone either runs a tab or pays by the drink.
Contact Lori Braunstein for more information at Lori.Braunstein@sustainablecherryhill.org.
March 5, 2014
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Put Your House in Rehab:
Get the Keys to Detoxing & Rehabbing Your Home Sustainably
- Got mold or radon?
- Wondering about indoor air quality?
- Interested in eco-friendly products for kitchen and bath remodeling?
- Want to use green cleaning supplies?
Join our panel of experts to explore these issues and more!
Thursday, March 20, 7-9pm
Cherry Hill Library
This program is FREE but registration is required.Â Don’t delay as our programs have been filling up quickly!
Jon Jenson, LEED AP for Homes, MaGrann Associates, an innovative energy/building consulting and engineering firm headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
Angelo Anastasio Owner ofÂ Greenable, award winning supplier and specifier that maintains the largest selection of sustainable products and distribution channels in the region.
Presented by Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Health Task Force.
February 15, 2014
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Cherry Hill, NJ â Sustainable Cherry Hill founder and president Lori Braunstein of Cherry Hill, NJ has been honored as Environmental Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of South Jersey. Braunstein accepts her award at the annual âBeyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala,â on February 27 at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.Â Hosted by NAWBO of South Jersey, the gala is a dinner program that honors extraordinary people for their contributions to women and women business owners, as well as their commitment to excellence and community.
This year, the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala also features keynote speaker, Dr. Robin Smith, a national television personality, best-selling author, and licensed psychologist.Â Dr. Robin Smithâs address will center on her most recent book, Hungry: The Truth About Being Full, in which helps readers to recognize, survive, embrace, and conquer their emotional hungers so they can live a truly full life.
âIâm thrilled to be part of an evening that will leave people feeling inspired to connect to their true passion in life,â says honoree Lori Braunstein. âItâs humbling to be among so many incredible people who are breaking expectations and making meaningful contributions to this community.â
In addition to serving Sustainable Cherry Hill in a volunteer capacity, Lori is Director for Green Schools at the Delaware Valley Green Building Council in Philadelphia. Her busy year included joining 1500 people led by Al Gore at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training last summer in Chicago. Â In December, Ms. Braunstein was namedÂ the U.S. Green Building Councilâs Best of Green Schools Ambassador for 2013.
Other NAWBO of South Jersey 2014 awardees include:
Trailblazer of the Year: Â CJ DiRoma, The Asterism Group
Company of the Year:Â Eileen Unger, Emergency Preparedness Partnerships
Womenâs Advocate of the Year:Â Lucienne Beard, Alice Paul Institute
Legislator of the Year:Â Congressman Jon Runyan, NJ 3rd Congressional District
Heroine of the Year: Â Betty Long, Guardian Nurses Health Advocates
Media Advocate of the Year:Â Marilyn Russell, WBEN-FM
Community Advocate of the Year:Â Lori Godorov, The Work Group
NAWBO SJ Chapter Champion: Â Judy Sailer, Smart 7 Strategy and Tracy Shields, ResQ
NOVA Award:Â Roseann Vanella, Advanced Mediation Solutions
In recent years, the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala has drawn around 300 attendees from the South Jersey region.Â A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to One Year of NAWBO, a grant that offers a one-year membership to NAWBO to a woman who has recently lost significant financial support due to the death, disability, divorce, or separation of a spouse.Â The remaining proceeds will be set aside for NAWBO of South Jerseyâs educational events, lectures, grants, and seminars, which are open to members and non-members.Â NAWBO of South Jersey is a non-profit organization.
To learn more about the 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala and to purchase tickets, visit www.nawbosouthjersey.org.
February 11, 2014
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