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

Return of Green Drinks at a NEW Sustainable Venue!

After 5 years, we are moving Green Drinks down the street to a new location!
Farm-Fisherman-Tavern-Market
Wednesday, September 3, 6-8pm 

The Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market
1422 Marlton Pike E
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
This beautiful place values sustainability, passion, community and of course, delicious food and drink!
We invite you to join us for our monthly free (buy your own drink) networking event that brings together like minded people and businesses to socialize, share ideas and work together towards a sustainable South Jersey Community!
 

August 25, 2014   Posted in: Events, Uncategorized  No Comments

Hop on the Bus: People’s Climate March SJ Delegation 9/21

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

9am-7pm (Exact times TBD)  
South Jersey Delegation Bus 
The William G. Rohrer Center / Camden County College 
1889 Rt. 70 East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 
Co-sponsored by Sustainable Cherry Hill & 350Philly
Space is limited. Registration Required.
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Be part of the South Jersey Delegation headed to NYC on 9/21.  
Sustainable Cherry Hill, with partners NJ Sierra Club and Moms Clean Air Force is organizing this region’s delegation to the People’s Climate March in NYC. Please join us and bring your friends. This family friendly, peaceful event will include people from all walks of life.

Our bus will have facilities, room for strollers and we’ll have educational/ community building activities planned for the ride to NYC.  Be prepared to walk 3 miles- this is a march, after all!

In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change.

With our future on the line, we will take a Sunday and use it to bend the course of history. In New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilization – in size, beauty, and impact.

Our demand is that a world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. In short, a world safe from the ravages of climate change.

This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention of global media. We know that no single meeting or summit will “solve climate change” and in many ways this moment will not even really be about the summit.

We want this moment to be about us - the people who are standing up in our communities, to organize, to build power, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world.

To do that, we need to act – together.

Read about the People’s Climate March here.

For some inspiration, read Bill McKibben’s inspiring invitation to the People’s Climate March in Rolling Stone Magazine Here.

 

August 11, 2014   Posted in: Events, Featured, Uncategorized  No Comments

Dozens rolled up their sleeves on a wet summer morning in Camden

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CFET President Mark Doorley & three local Girl Scouts

Dozens of volunteers from all over South Jersey joined partners, Sustainable Cherry Hill, NJ Tree Foundation, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA), Center For Environmental Transformation (CFET) and Sustainable Jersey for a community service event July 26 to spruce up the 5-acre public Liney Ditch Park in Camden’s Waterfront South community.

Inconveniently located adjacent to the county’s waste water treatment plant and numerous industrial companies, this park serves as a recreational space for hundreds of children each day. The park and the community are disproportionately affected by air pollution and unpleasant odors daily. In October 2013, over 100 new trees were planted by a group of dedicated partners as part of a shelter-belt surrounding the CCMUA Waste Water Treatment Plant. Shelter-belts are vegetation systems that use trees arranged in row or group configurations to redirect wind and reduce wind speeds, thereby modifying environmental conditions within the upwind and downwind sheltered zones. Read more about the shelter-belt project here.

View our Facebook photos here.

This activity helped us all to understand that we are connected to our neighbors in Camden every time we flush our toilets, throw our trash away or simply drive by on our way to Philadelphia.  We made our connection stronger, more positive and personal as we work side by side to keep Liney Ditch beautiful! This project was hosted by the Sustainable Cherry Hill Regional/Urban Partnerships for Sustainability (RUPS) Task Force.  Special thanks go to RUPS Chair, Ed Cohen, NJ Tree Foundation’s Jessica Franzini, CCMUA’s Doug Burns, CFET’s Mark Doorley and Camden County’s Maggie McCann for their assistance and passion in organizing the day!

Volunteers worked hard to ensure the shelter-belt remains healthy!

Volunteers worked hard to ensure the shelter-belt remains healthy!

Join us on October 11th back at Liney Ditch Park for phase two of this project.  More information coming soon! Thank you to Camden County Parks Department for the extra support and to Aqua Corps (Adult Quest for Unity & Altruism) for outreach, photography and enthusiasm. Click here for more info on Aqua Corps and to view their photos from the day.

Thank You to Our Partners!

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July 27, 2014   Posted in: News, Uncategorized  No Comments

Free Interactive Workshop: Invasive Species of Cooper River Watershed

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Camden County Environmental Center

1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill, NJ

Free program, but registration required.

Join Sustainable Cherry Hill for a free, interactive workshop to help homeowners identify and ultimately avoid planting and cultivating garden plants that are invasive and harmful to our very special southern New Jersey ecosystem. The workshop will feature a presentation, a demonstration on how to report invasive species to the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team (NJISST) using its new phone app and a walk around Cooper River Park to ID the invasive species found there by NJISST Coordinator, nature photographer and long time environmental educator, Michael Hogan.

Michael Hogan is a nature photographer who is also deeply involved in environmental preservation and education and is currently the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team, Southern Region Coordinator. He has been active in efforts to preserve open space in Camden County and in preserving Old Pine Farm and Timber Creek Park in Deptford Township.  He is a past member of the Advisory board of the Nature Conservancy and works with many conservation and watershed organizations.  He was also a collaborator on the book “The Natural Wonders of Jersey Pine and Shore” with the late author Robert Peterson.

This program is hosted by Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Garden Task Force.

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July 27, 2014   Posted in: Events  No Comments

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing to Turn Their Lemons to Lemonade

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 5pm – 8pm

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company

 1940 Olney Ave, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003

forgotten-boardwalk-brewing-reveals-new-logos-L-xzo8J_Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company, located in Cherry Hill, is set to be New Jersey’s newest micro-brewery.  Their 30 barrel brewing system has been hooked up and ready to go.  The only hitch is that Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company has not been issued a license from the NJ Alcoholic Beverage Control, yet.

Owner Jamie Queli states, “It’s been mildly frustrating.  We have been set to go, and our application was completed with the NJ ABC since May 5th.  I have been trying to think of what I can do with the space in the meantime that could be beneficial, so I decided to host a local food drive.”

The food drive has been set for July 9th at the brewery location in Cherry Hill from 5pm – 8pm.  Forgotten Boardwalk is working hand and hand with the local Food Bank of Southern New Jersey and Sustainable Cherry Hill.

Lemonade will also be served.  Head brewer for the company, David Bronstein, has been commissioned to make two batches of non-alcoholic lemonade to serve at the event.  All proceeds from the sale of lemonade will be donated to Sustainable Cherry Hill, a non-profit community outreach and educational organization that fosters the global sustainability movement at a local level.

Jamie Queli explained, “One of the biggest goals for my company is to be a great neighbor within our community.  If Forgotten Boardwalk was operational since the time we planned, there would have been significant tax revenue that the state could benefit from.  I have a very large space and I have the staff.  I thought it would be a great idea to turn our misfortune into something wonderful for the public.”

Forgotten Boardwalk will continue to participate in community enrichment activities and is establishing their own non-profit organization called: Don’t Be Naughty – The Responsible Foundation.  The Don’t Be Naughty Foundation will continue to develop and organize a variety of public service projects with emphasis on environmental responsibility and community sustainability.

“Our company logo is a feral cat, we will also be accepting canned cat food to donate to the Animal Adoption Center, a no-kill shelter located in Lindenwold, NJ.  “Let’s turn our lemons into lemonade, together, with this food drive” says Jamie Queli.

 

Most needed food items include peanut butter & jelly, macaroni & cheese, tuna, breakfast cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, and other non-perishable items.

For further information:

http://www.forgottenboardwalk.com

http://www.foodbanksj.org/

http://www.sustainablecherryhill.org/

June 30, 2014   Posted in: Events, Uncategorized  No Comments


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