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 monthly (September-June) 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.

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3rd Annual Food Day


Taste, Learn and Take Action at Food Day 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cherry Hill High School EAST

Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ

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Get to know local, healthy, sustainable foods from across the region

Enjoy delicious samplings and explore vegetarian and gluten free options

Family fun and kids Passport to Health

The most important ingredient in Food Day is you!

Register for this free event HERE

Hosted by Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Health Task Force

and in partnership with

CHPublic SchoolsWhole Foods Cherry Hill

September 5, 2015   Posted in: Events  No Comments

Fall Into Green Drinks


October 7th, 6 – 8 pm

The Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market
1422 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Come hear all about our upcoming Food Day event!
Grab a friend and join us at our monthly free networking social,
(buy your own drink) enjoy delicious food, and
 get to meet other like-minded folks committed to sustainability.

October 5, 2015   Posted in: Events  No Comments

Agent for Change: Jeff Quattrone – Saving Plants One Seed at a Time

These days, we could all use a little inspiration. Welcome to the next in our  SCH Agent for Change series. Every month we will feature an interview with everyday people creating big changes in their little corner of the world. The goal of these stories is to spark a passion, help you set a goal, or move past some frustration as you work to be an Agent for Change in your own system.

This month we feature Jeff Quattrone, a Salem County resident and founder of Library Seed Bank. Jeff is committed to saving plants and seed lines threatened by companies developing altered seeds. A Library Seed Bank lends and collects seeds, especially local, rare, and heirloom seed varieties. Individuals “check out” small seed packages from a library collection, grow the plants and then harvest seeds from the propagated plants. These new seeds are then contributed back to the library for lending. Library Seed Bank collects and distributes non-genetically modified seeds.

Jeff Quattrone of Library Seed Bank

SCH: What is a typical day as an “Agent for Change” like for you?

Jeff: A typical day involves checking my Twitter feed, planning and implementing something with the next step for my Library Seed Bank project, and watching the dynamics of the seed business. Some days there are giant leaps forward, some days an evaluation of what’s working and what’s not, and other days, a simple email to keep the process flowing. Being an agent for change is like being an artist. With anything creative, you should do something creative everyday to keep the process going, same thing with being an agent for change.

SCH: How did you get involved with Library Seed Bank?

Jeff: I started a blog where I wrote one story a day about someone or some organization that was doing something to change the world in a positive direction. I found myself coming back to environmental stories, and came across Slow Food USA’s Arc of Taste, a living catalog of threatened local food. About that time, the opportunity to start gardening again presented itself, so I started another blog about vanishing varieties of vegetables. I got a press pass to Slow Food International’s 2012 Salone de Gusto Terra Madre food conference in Turin, Italy, and that cemented my commitment to do more. Shortly after that, I saw seed libraries were coming into the mix, and I jumped on the opportunity to bring them to this area of southern New Jersey.

SCH: What are some of the biggest challenges or barriers that you’ve faced? How have you dealt with them?

Library Seed Bank at Pitman's McCowan Memorial Library

Library Seed Bank at Pitman’s McCowan Memorial Library

Jeff: Anytime something new comes into fruition, you face a degree of resistance. Change is a big challenge for a lot of people. When you start to talk to them about sustainability, and in my case, a stranger talking about seeds and food, reaching people on the level they are comfortable with, is a challenge. Everyone has their own way of communicating, so I find being an intensive listener is the key.

Also, building something from the ground up with no local structure in place as a model is a very big challenge. Overall, I live my life like a story I write everyday. Challenges are plot twists, and I look at them as content in this story I’m writing. Sometimes they are dead ends, which is fine because they stop wasting time. Other times, they bring more depth to what I do. I like those times a whole lot better.

SCH: Dream Big! If you had no constraints, what would you like to see happen in five years?

Jeff: A regional heirloom seed bank with locally grown seeds that have genes which are adaptive to the local growing conditions. It would be stocked with locally bred varieties of vegetables, and there would be an Edible Seed Bank Garden.

SCH: It’s important an Agent for Change stay inspired too. Tell us about an experience you’ve had recently that really energized or moved you.

Jeff: I just started to tweet earnestly in April of this year. I was approached by an interesting and innovative British charity that focuses on environmental and sustainable fashion issues. They asked me if I’d bring a food waste festival to New Jersey known as the #pumpkinchallenge. Well, you challenge Jersey, and we rise up and take it. It’s our spirit and pride.

The #pumpkinchallenge is about looking at pumpkins as more than a Halloween decoration. In England, Halloween has grown exponentially over the last decade, and so has the tonnage of pumpkins that get wasted. Hubbub, the charity, staged a #pumpkinchallenge in 2014 in Oxford, England. It was quite successful, and they expanded it in 2015 to 15 locations in the UK, including London and Belfast. Our version, the Don’t Waste the Harvest Festival & Barn Dance will take place at Triple Oaks Nursery in Franklinville, NJ on October 17, 2015. The Jersey Corn Pickers, a blue grass/Americana band will close out the festival with a barn dance in the evening. We are one of two locations in America putting on a #pumpkinchallenge.

If at any point of my life before April you would’ve had said, “Jeff, you’re going to be asked to address the food waste issue with a cool and innovative British organization, and have a barn dance to cap it all off,” I’d tell you, you were crazy. It’s an honor, it’s humbling and it’s amazing to me that this came my way.

SCH: How have you connected with SCH in your Agent for Change role? What ideas do you have about how we might work together in the future?

Jeff: It’s a new and exciting connection for me. I live in Salem County, and I see potential to bridge the counties, including Gloucester County in some way. There are a lot of great people involved with SCH and I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with them.

To learn more, visit:  www.libraryseedbank.info

September 25, 2015   Posted in: Featured  No Comments

Faces of Nature Photography Walk


Faces of Nature Photography Walk

Saturday, October 24, 2015

9am – 11pm

Croft Farm Art Barn

100 Bortons Mill Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ

What does the face of nature look like to you? Explore the trails at Croft Farm and learn a little bit about our natural environment. Capture what you see as the faces of nature on camera. For camera phone junkies and experienced photographers. 

Register for this free event here


September 17, 2015   Posted in: Events  No Comments

Cherry Hill West Earns $4K Grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools

By Barbara Wilson, Public Information Officer, Cherry Hill Public Schools

SJ_for_Schools_LogoCongratulations to Cherry Hill High School West for earning a $4,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools, funded by the NJ Department of Health. The grant will fund the construction of a raised-bed garden and rainwater harvesting system. The garden will be used primarily to teach special education students gardening, food prep and other life skills, and to promote fitness, healthy living and healthy food choices.

The garden will be close to West’s special education classrooms to accommodate students with physical limitations. Plans include to incorporating growing flowers as well vegetables in the garden to be used for career exploration. Read the rest of this post »

September 4, 2015   Posted in: Featured  No Comments

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