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.
Sustainable Cherry Hill is among 100 organizations nation and worldwide, supporting and participating in the People’s Climate March in New York Sunday, September 21. While the Cherry Hill and all Philadelphia-area buses to this monumental event are full, many other people are planning to take a train or carpool to the march. Please visit People’s Climate March for all march details such as start and finish locations in Manhattan, event guidelines – what you can and cannot bring, and many other logistics to make this day significant in displaying the many segments of society who are affected by climate change.
Please read Sustainable Cherry Hill’s op-ed article in the Courier Post September 15 supporting the People’s Climate March.
Listen to the KYW Newsradio Green Tip segment about the People’s Climate March and the U.N. Climate Summit taking place in New York September 23-28, 2014. Here is a link to the U.N. Climate Summit web site.
Wednesday, October 8, 7 -9pm
FREE program but registration is required.
When you pay your utility bills, you support energy incentives. Right here in New Jersey, we have one of the nationâ€™s most robust solar markets along with generous incentives in the U.S. that save you money and reduce energy consumption.
Join us to find out how easy it is to capture these energy incentives, reduce your energy use and shop wisely when choosing your energy provider.
Considering solar? Weâ€™ll help you understand options and how the solar incentive structure works. And donâ€™t forget the huge range of NJ Clean Energy programs. We will cover whatâ€™s available to you and provide a case study of the benefits you can capture.
Now you can get energized about NJ energy incentives to reduce energy use and save money.
Presented by Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Build/Biz Task Force.Â
Thank you to our event sponsors!
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After 5 years, we are moving Green Drinks down the street to a new location!
Wednesday, September 3, 6-8pmÂ
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 usÂ 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!
ONE BUS IS FULL.Â JOIN OUR SECOND BUS BEFORE IT FILLS UP!
Sunday, September 21, 2014
9am-7pm (Exact times TBD) Â
South Jersey Delegation BusÂ
The William G. Rohrer Center / Camden County CollegeÂ
1889 Rt. 70 East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Space is limited. Registration Required.
Be part of the South Jersey Delegation headed to NYC on 9/21. Â
Sustainable Cherry Hill, with partners 350Philly, 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.Â 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 -Â the people who are standing up in our communities, to organize, to build power, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world.
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.Â 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.Â 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.Â Read more about the shelter-belt projectÂ 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.Â 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.Â 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!
Join us on October 11th back at Liney Ditch Park for phase two of this project.Â 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!