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.
“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.
Want to be the change that you seek in the world?¬† ¬†
Monday, November 10, 2014, 7-9pm
Circle of Hope Church
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.
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.
Sustainable 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.
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
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:
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.
When: Saturday, Oct. 11,¬† 9am-12pm Rain or Shine
Wednesday, October 8, 7 – 9pm – Postponed
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:
Do you have an event or topic idea for Sustainable Cherry Hill‚Äôs Green Building/Business task force? Whether residential or business, we‚Äôd like to hear from you with your thoughts. Contact Scott Downie, ScottD@spiezle.com or Brenda Jorett, Brenda@brendajorett.com.