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

Join Us to Network-Share-Learn – Green Drinks December 3

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Wednesday, December 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 beverage and food; discounted items available) networking event that brings together like minded people and businesses to socialize, share ideas and work together towards a
sustainableSouth Jersey Community!
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November 25, 2014   Posted in: Events, News  No Comments

Dozens Learn Vital Leadership Skills for Sustainability

photo 1The room buzzed with conversations as diverse as the interests of those in attendance at the November 10th “Lead the Change: Improving Leadership Skills in Your Community and Beyond at the Circle of Hope Church in Pennsauken.

Whether championing social justice, opening a green business  or starting a school garden, entry points for leadership in sustainability are almost limitless.  While  having a passion to create change in one’s community or organization is a great foundation for leadership, it’s usually not enough.  Specific skills, such as communications, volunteer engagement and building capacity, are vital to creating an infrastructure for this work.  Understanding nuances that guide personal interactions can make or break the ability to move our ideas forward. No one is an expert in this work; we are all learn as we go.  That’s why it’s so vital for us to gather and  share our experiences with one another. More support, training  and opportunities to address these issues are needed, but can be hard to find.

This “Lead the Change” program, co-sponsored by Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Regional/Urban Partnerships for Sustainability task force and Sustainable Jersey, provided a forum for skills development and experience sharing.  After a lively networking session,  Kevin Lyons, PhD, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Rutgers Business School, Department of Supply Chain Management & Marketing Sciences, gave an inspiring keynote address.

Next,  a presentation on “Leading through Relationships and Communications” helped attendees with tools to engage local government, recruit and retain members and volunteers, and effectively communicate with community. This session was led by Julie Beddingfield, Esq. Chair, Haddonfield Environmental Commission, Sustainable Jersey Champion 2014, Natalie Shafiroff-Barney, Sustainability and Community Organizing Consultant and Lauren Skowronski, Program Director for Community Engagement, Sustainable Jersey.

The evening ended with an interactive session “Leading with Impact: Learning to Use Interpersonal Interactions to Drive Results,”  that focused on improving  group dynamic skills and building individual impact. This session was led by Lori Braunstein, Founder, Sustainable Cherry Hill, Sustainability and Community Organizing Consultant and Monica Hennessy, Esq., Executive Board, Sustainable Cherry Hill. Thank you, Ila Vassallo and Gwenne Baille for the realistic role play during this session!

Presentations linked here:  Leading through Relationships and Communications, Leading with Impact

Stay tuned here or join our e-list  or check Sustainable Jersey for updates on future leadership trainings and opportunities.

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November 24, 2014  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Leadership, News, Task Forces - Regional/Urban Partnerships for Sustainability, Uncategorized  No Comments

Local Garden & Food Expo

Local “Food for Thought” Fare  2

Worm composting demonstration

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2015 FROM 1-3 PM
(SNOW DATE—SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015)

CAMDEN COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
1301 PARK BOULEVARD
CHERRY HILL, NJ 08002

Register here.

Learn how to think and buy locally this interactive program with our partners, the Master Gardeners of Camden County:
  • Meet representatives from local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, local food buying clubs and the food bank
  • Learn how to start seeds for your garden
  • Learn about the local community gardens
  • Get up close and personal with worm composting and back yard chickens
  • Master Gardeners on hand to answer all your “growing” questions
  • Joining us so far this year: Hazon CSA, Muth Family Farm, and Savoie Organic Farm and more being added!

Presented for a second year by the Sustainable Cherry Hill Garden Task Force and Master Gardeners of Camden County

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This program is free but registration is required. Children are welcome!

November 8, 2014   Posted in: Events, Uncategorized  No Comments

Sustainable Cherry Hill Dec. 6 Holiday Craft Day – Sign up

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Saturday December 6, 2014, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Croft Farm Arts Center
100 Bortons Mill Rd.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Register here.

Join your friends and neighbors for this ‘hands-on’ event as local crafters teach you how to make great upcycled crafts just in time for the holidays. Upcycling is the process of using scrap materials to create something useful or, in this case, fun and beautiful. You will leave the event with two upcycled crafts and the knowledge to make more.

UPDATE -
Here are the crafts being offered and some items you should bring to create these crafts: (You will have time to create two of three crafts.)
1. Tube-sock snowman: bring a thick tube sock, buttons and some scrap fabric. (shown above)

2. T-shirt scarf: 2-3 old t-shirts (preferably XL sizes)

        3. Window screen bracelet and ring: materials will be supplied on-site.
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All participants must register.

Children are welcome – please register children so we have an accurate head count.

Presented by the NEW Arts & Sustainability Task Force!

November 8, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Events, Uncategorized  No Comments

Green Drinks- November 5 at Farm & Fisherman Tavern

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Wednesday, November 5, 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!
 Farm-Fisherman-Tavern-Market

November 3, 2014   Posted in: Events  No Comments


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