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

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

New SCH Task Force – Art & Sustainability

Dark Orchid, courtesy Natalie Barney

Dark Orchid, courtesy Natalie Barney

A new task force blending sustainability with creativity is forming; The Art and Sustainability Task Force aims to include all forms of artistic media and engage and inform the Cherry Hill community and surrounding region with the culture and science of sustainability.  The task force will explore ways in which the Cherry Hill community and our regional partners can use the many facets of art as a way to expand communication of our sustainability initiatives.

Task force leader, Natalie Barney says, “For many of us art is a way to represent and share the way we see the world.  This unique expression can impact those viewing art in ways that words cannot and has the power to open minds in profound ways,” she says.  Natalie and interested task force members will develop a program of artistic education and expression that will provide a space for participants to learn about sustainability in the world of art, share their own art in public exhibitions, view the work of other artists through gallery events, and learn how to integrate sustainability within their own work.

Anyone who enjoys art and has an interest in communicating issues of sustainability through creative and novel ways is welcome to participate; no art expertise

Dingman Falls, PA, courtesy Natalie Barney

Dingman Falls, PA, courtesy Natalie Barney

is required, just a commitment to creativity and to being a part of Sustainable Cherry Hill.

To learn more about the launch of the Art and Sustainability Task Force, join us at our monthly Green Drinks on Wednesday, October 1, at 6:00 p.m. at Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market in Cherry Hill. Enjoy this networking event and an informal introduction to this new Task Force.  Or come to our inaugural meeting Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Jersey Java, 140 N Haddon Ave, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

We welcome your creativity and passion about art and sustainability. You are also welcome to connect with Natalie Barney, nkshaf@gmail.com.

 

September 24, 2014   Posted in: News, Uncategorized  No Comments

People’s Climate March – Sept. 21, 2014

PCM_200sqSustainable 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.

 

September 16, 2014   Posted in: Featured, News, Uncategorized  No Comments

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  No Comments

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

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ONE BUS IS FULL.  JOIN OUR SECOND BUS BEFORE IT FILLS UP!

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
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 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.  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  No Comments


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