About Us

 

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.  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.

Our Mission:

“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.  Large scale change requires leadership by governments and corporations.  An educated and empowered populace can put pressure on these entities from the ground up.

Your Role:

  • 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 at Green Drinks “One Green Night a Month.” The event takes place the first Wednesday of EVERY month from 6-8pm at Farm and Fisherman Tavern and Market, Route 70 in Cherry Hill (1442 Marlton Pike E, Cherry Hill, NJ).  Stop by and hang out with folks in your community who are thinking and talking about sustainability. Green Drinks is a friendly, informal setting for networking and building community!  SCH provides the green networking opportunity; you buy your own drinks!
  • Explore the Task Force section of our website.  We have grassroots groups working hard to make our vision of a sustainable community a reality.  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 “community building” 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.

SCH Website Terms and Conditions

LEAD THE CHANGE: IMPROVING LEADERSHIP SKILLS IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND BEYOND

Business people diverse human resources team leaderWant to improve your impact in your circles of influence?

Want to be the change that you seek in the world?   

Monday, November 10, 2014, 7-9pm

Circle of Hope Church
3800 Marlton Pike
Pennsauken, NJ 08030

More info & registration here.

Come to this interactive leadership seminar and join others in our region for an evening of skills training and sharing.  Develop tools for effective leadership of organizations, Green Teams, businesses, and community groups, and to have impactful interactions with co-workers, family, friends, and community members.

  • Keynote address by Kevin Lyons, PhD, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Rutgers Business School, Department of Supply Chain Management & Marketing Sciences
  • Leading with Impact: Learning to Use Interpersonal Interactions to Drive Results” will improve your skill in working within group dynamics and building individual impact.
  • Leading through Relationships and Communications” will help you engage local government, recruit and retain members and volunteers, and effectively communicate with your community.

This program is hosted by Sustainable Cherry Hill’s  Regional/Urban Partnerships for Sustainability Task Force (RUPS) and is part of Sustainable Jersey’s Regional Hub initiative.

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October 10, 2014   Posted in: Events, News  No Comments

Garden Invaders: A Learning Experience for All

GMO, SCH, and Garden 011Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Garden Task Force hosted a successful event in October 2014: “Invasive Plants of the Cooper River Watershed” presented by Michael Hogan. Approximately 30 area residents attended this  valuable and interesting program. The afternoon began with a classroom lecture and discussion where attendees learned how to identify and ultimately avoid planting and cultivating garden plants that are invasive and therefore harmful to our very special Southern New Jersey ecosystem. The session was followed by our speaker leading the group on an engaging walk around the Camden County Environmental Center; pointing out both invasive and harmful plants as well as native plants. Michael Hogan is currently the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team Southern Region Coordinator. He is also a nature photographer deeply involved in environmental preservation and education.

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Smartweed

One particular surprise learned about is Pennsylvania Smartweed, or Polygonum.  Most of the group on the tour assumed this is an invasive weed and had been pulling it out of their gardens when, in fact, it is a native species that many animals eat. We vowed to get ‘smart’ and “let it be” in the future. See the photo of Smartweed.

We hope to have Michael Hogan as our speaker again  – possibly on a program about wildflowers in our area.

Submitted by Gwenne Baile

 

October 5, 2014   Posted in: News, Uncategorized  No Comments

Food Day Celebration 2014

Are you confused about eating sustainably?

Are you facing dilemmas about:

Local vs. Organic foods? Farm raised vs. Wild-caught fish?

Eating healthy and organic on a budget?

GET ANSWERS AND HELPFUL TIPS FROM

Our Panel of Speakers:

  • Whole Foods Market fish department expert
  • Home garden sprouting expert
  • Local farmer from Cheyenne’s Road Market
  • Common Market Philadelphia food manager

Thursday, October 30

6-7pm Food Expo, 7-9pm Panel Discussion

Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill

Free event but registration required.

Food Expo Vendors: Cherry Hill Food & Outreach Council, Cheyenne’s Road Market, Coffeeworks, Farm & Fisherman Tavern, Easy Sprout/Garden’s Alive Sprout, Juice Plus, Spring Valley Apieres, Vegetarian Society of SJ, Whole Foods Market

 Please bring a can or boxed food donation for the Cherry Hill Food and Outreach Council.

Presented by Sustainable Cherry Hill Green Health Task Force. Learn more about the task force here or contact SCHGHTF@gmail.com.

 You can learn much more about the national mission of Food Day, here at www.foodday.org.

October 3, 2014   Posted in: Events  No Comments

Liney Ditch Park – Service Day – Part 2

ldpark1v3The June 2014 event brought dozens of students, families, friends and citizens to Liney Ditch at Waterfront South, Join us for the autumn service day. Here are details and the registration link:

When: Saturday, Oct. 11,  9am-12pm Rain or Shine
Where: Liney Ditch Park, 1645 Ferry Avenue, Camden, NJ 08104 (CCMUA). Enter park through gate from CCMUA parking lot.
Details: Help improve a shelter-belt of trees that protects the park and neighborhood.  Tasks for all ages.  Register here or email Lori at lori.braunstein@sustainablecherryhill.org. We are partnering with NJ Tree Foundation, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA), Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) and Sustainable Jersey.

 

 

 

October 3, 2014   Posted in: Events, News, Task Forces - Regional/Urban Partnerships for Sustainability  No Comments

Postponed – Be Energy and Solar Smart event

                                           

Be Energy & Sclean-energy-photoolar Smart and $ave in New Jersey!

Wednesday, October 8, 7 – 9pm – Postponed
Cherry Hill Public Library

This busy fall season has led to some scheduling conflicts and we have to postpone the previously scheduled October 8 event for now. We will continue our education efforts around energy savings and solar energy opportunities. Look for several informative blog posts in coming weeks about:

  • Tips on installing and purchasing solar energy.
  • Staying comfortable during each season with improved energy efficiency and reduced costs.
  • Opportunities to capture incentive funding and understand your energy saving opportunities.
  • How your energy savings translates into helping cut your carbon footprint.

Do you have an event or topic idea for Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Building/Business task force? Whether residential or business, we’d like to hear from you with your thoughts. Contact Scott Downie, ScottD@spiezle.com or Brenda Jorett, Brenda@brendajorett.com.

September 30, 2014   Posted in: Events, News  No Comments


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