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.
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!
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm
Camden County Environmental Center
1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill, NJ
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 photographerÂ 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 andÂ in preserving Old Pine Farm and Timber Creek Park in Deptford Township.Â Â He is a pastÂ member of the Advisory board of the NatureÂ Conservancy and works with manyÂ conservation and watershed organizations. Â He was also aÂ collaborator on the bookÂ â€śThe Natural Wonders of Jersey Pine and Shoreâ€ť with the late author Robert Peterson.
This program is hosted by Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Garden Task Force.
Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 5pm â€“ 8pm
Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company
Â 1940 Olney Ave, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003
Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company, located in Cherry Hill, is set to be New Jerseyâ€™s newest micro-brewery.Â Their 30 barrel brewing system has been hooked up and ready to go.Â 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, â€śItâ€™s been mildly frustrating.Â We have been set to go, and our application was completed with the NJ ABC since May 5th.Â 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.â€ť
The food drive has been set for July 9th at the brewery location in Cherry Hill from 5pm â€“ 8pm.Â 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.Â Head brewer for the company, David Bronstein, has been commissioned to make two batches of non-alcoholic lemonade to serve at the event.Â 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, â€śOne of the biggest goals for my company is to be a great neighbor within our community.Â If Forgotten Boardwalk was operational since the time we planned, there would have been significant tax revenue that the state could benefit from.Â I have a very large space and I have the staff.Â I thought it would be a great idea to turn our misfortune into something wonderful for the public.â€ť
Forgotten Boardwalk will continue to participate in community enrichment activities and is establishing their own non-profit organization called: Donâ€™t Be Naughty â€“ The Responsible Foundation.Â The Donâ€™t Be Naughty Foundation will continue to develop and organize a variety of public service projects with emphasis on environmental responsibility and community sustainability.
â€śOur 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.Â â€śLetâ€™s turn our lemons into lemonade, together, with this food driveâ€ť 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:
Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight BehaviorÂ
Three Thursday Evenings:
July 10 and 24th and August 7, 7-9pmÂ
Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd
We will plan to discuss the first 5 chapters at the initial meeting.
FREE butÂ registrationÂ is required.
Read Barbara Kingsolver’s interview with TIME as she discusses the book and why climate change is part of her story.
“Take care not to rush this read – the more attention you invest in “Flight Behavior,” the more fulfillment you’ll derive. Kingsolver has constructed a deeply affecting microcosm of a phenomenon that is manifesting in many different tragic ways, in communities and ecosystems all around the globe. This is a fine and complex novel.” Â Barbara McMichael, The Seattle Times
This program is hosted by the Green Health Task ForceÂ of Sustainable Cherry Hill. Â Â The mission of the Green Health Task Force is to improve the well-being of our community and the planet by raising awareness of the health and sustainability issues surrounding the consumer choices that most directly affect our bodies from the inside and out.
For more information, contact Lori Braunstein at Lori.Braunstein@SustainableCherryHill.org or 609.238.3449
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 8:30Â to 11:30 am
Liney Ditch Park
Meet in the parking lot of Camden County Municipal Utility Authority (CCMUA), 1645 Ferry Ave, Camden, NJ 08104.Â There is a gate that opens right to the park and the building facilities will be open all morning.
FREE but pre-registration is required.
Join Sustainable Cherry Hill and its partners, NJ Tree Foundation, Â Center for Environmental Transformation, and Camden County Municipal Utilities AuthorityÂ (CCMUA)Â to spruce up the 5-acre public Liney Ditch Park in Camden’s Waterfront South community.
Our volunteers will help maintain (prune, mulch, stake if needed) the beautiful shelter-belt of 80+ trees at the park while also helping spruce up the park in general, focusing on areas of overgrowth, trash clean up, and much more! Members of the community will be recruited to join our volunteers in their efforts to help the park.
We’ll work hard, have fun and will be serving refreshments. Volunteers should dressÂ for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and wear clothes you donâ€™t mind getting dirty. Tools, gloves, water, and planting instructions are provided by the NJ Tree Foundation staff. We can accommodate individuals or groups. Children 4+ are welcome with supervision.
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 shelterbelt surrounding the CCMUA Waste Water Treatment Plant.Â Shelterbelts 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 will help us all to understand that we are connected to our neighbors in Camden everytime we flush our toilets, throw our trash away or simply drive by on our way to Philadelphia. Â Let’s make our connection stronger, more positive and personal as we work side by side with community members to keep Liney Ditch beautiful!Â
Â This event is hosted by the Sustainable Cherry Hill Regional/Urban Partnerships for Sustainability (RUPS) Task Force, whichÂ exists in order to engage in partnerships with neighboring towns and cities in order to promote sustainability, broadly defined as causing and maintaining the well being of people in their environments. For more information about RUPS, contact Ed Cohen atÂ email@example.com.
Thank You to Our Partners!