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 PJ Whelihans on Route 70 in Cherry Hill.  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

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  One Comment

Join us for a Summer Book Club!

Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior 

Three Thursday Evenings:

July 10 and 24th and August 7, 7-9pm 

Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

We will plan to discuss the first 5 chapters at the initial meeting.

FREE but registration 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.”  Barbara McMichael, The Seattle Times

This program is hosted by the Green Health Task Force of Sustainable Cherry Hill.    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

June 21, 2014   Posted in: Events, Uncategorized  2 Comments

Get your hands dirty and do some good in Camden!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 8:30  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.  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,  Center for Environmental Transformation, and Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) 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 dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and wear clothes you don’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. 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. 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. Read more about the shelter-belt project 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.  Let’s make our connection stronger, more positive and personal as we work side by side with community members to keep Liney Ditch beautiful! 

 This event is hosted by the Sustainable Cherry Hill Regional/Urban Partnerships for Sustainability (RUPS) Task Force, which 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 at ecohen@vision-edge.com.

Thank You to Our Partners!

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June 18, 2014   Posted in: Events, Featured, Uncategorized  No Comments

Join us for June Green Drinks (Last one until September)!

Think Global.  Drink Local.

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Wednesday, June 4th
6:00 to 8:00pm
PJ Whelihans
Rt. 70, Cherry Hill, NJ   
LAST GREEN DRINKS UNTIL SEPTEMBER!

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!

June 2, 2014   Posted in: Events  No Comments

Join us for May Green Drinks!

Think Global.  Drink Local.

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Wednesday, May 7
6:00 to 8:00pm
PJ Whelihans 

Rt. 70, Cherry Hill, NJ   

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!

May 5, 2014   Posted in: Events  2 Comments


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