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.
Whatâs one of the simplest and least expensive ways to reduce toxins in your home?Â Taking your shoes off when walking around inside your home!Â By doing this you stop the spread of toxins and allergens tracked on the bottom of your footwear.Â Installing a ventilating fan in your bathroom, and doing a simple test for radon ($13 on Amazon) are also ways to easily begin to live more healthy lives in our own homes.
These tips, plus many other great ideas were discussed at our Green Health Task Force event, âPut Your House in Rehab: Unlocking the Keys to Detoxing and Rehabbing Your Home Sustainablyâ.Â Tips from guest speaker, Jon Jenson, taught us all about the latest LEED regulations focusing on human health.Â Jon is a technical consultant to developers and homebuilders who want to build truly green homes guiding them through LEED for Homes, Enterprise Green Communities, the National Green Building Standard and ENERGY STAR.
Over 70 people filled a meeting room at the Cherry Hill Public Library learn about the products we can use when doing renovation and ask questions about removing toxins from our homes.Â Focusing on sustainable home renovation was Angelo Anastasio, owner of âGreenableâ, an award-winning award supplier and specifier that maintains the largest selection of sustainable products and distribution channels in the region. Angelo told us about the lack of clear information in building product ingredients we all purchase. He also showed us samples of sustainable materials, cork, bamboo and wood flooring, and recycled glass tiles and countertops, as well as sustainable renovation projects created by his company.
In addition to tons of helpful information, Angelo included this quote in his presentation âManâŚ.must see himself linked as a living organism to all living and all preceding lifeâŚWhen man learns this, he will have learned that when he destroys, he also destroys himself, that when he creates, he also adds to himself.â – landscape architect and author, Ian McHarg. Â At SCHâs Green Health Task Force, we incorporate Woman into the quote and feel it not only sums up the atmosphere of this presentation, but all the work of Sustainable Cherry Hill!
Submitted by Norma Roth and Caren Kaufman, C0-chairs of Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Health Task Force.Â Visit the Green Health Task Force at the Cherry Hill Earth Festival on April 26, 10am to 2pm at Croft Farm to learn more!
More than 5000 Cherry Hill and South Jersey residents are expected at the 5th Cherry Hill Art Blooms Earth Festival Saturday, April 26 at historic Croft Farm â rain or shine. The free event puts the focus on sustainability, gardening, recycling and more with engaging displays by schools, businesses, crafters, performers and non-profit groups.Green tips will be on display throughout the festival grounds.
E-waste recycling by e-Force will take place from 10 a.m. â 2 p.m. with a convenient drop-off area along Bortons Mill Road leading to the Croft Farm Earth Festival site. This special spring e-waste recycling collection is for items including battery-operated toys, outdoor decorations, computers (no monitors), laptops, cell phones, small appliances, hand-held devices and more. âAnything with a Plugâ˘â will be accepted and recycled; exceptions are: large appliances, smoke detectors, rear-projection TVs, and CRT (tube) TVs and CRT (glass) computer monitors.
All materials collected will be recycled in an environmentally-friendly manner; and for security, ALL media data that is collected is destroyed. eForce Compliance is the first dual-certified electronic recycler in the Delaware Valley. eForce provides a full staff of professional e-waste experts to handle and transport all material collected and creates sustainable green jobs.
The Earth Festival Recycling Depot, adjacent to the e-waste recycling area at Croft Farm will have containers for:
And we ask that no plastic water bottles be used or sold at the Earth Festival; bring your reusable drink bottle and NJ American Water will refill your bottle with clear, fresh, cool water – free!
The day warms up with 8 a.m. registration for the Family Fun Bike Ride from Challenge Grove (across from Croft Farm). The two and nine-mile fun rides bring dozens people pedaling for exercise and in support of an alternate way to get around. All bicycle riders aged 8 and up are welcome to participate in the short and longer ride provided each rider wears a helmet. Keswick Cycle is providing free bike tune-ups and safety checks at the start of the ride. Information and registration here.
Earth Festival offerings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., include displays that foster gardening. Among the nearly 20 school displays or performances is the Johnson Elementary School which is showing the start of the schoolâs community garden developed in part thanks to a $1000 Darden Restaurants Grant.
Festival visitors can bring extra plants from gardens or purchase new plants to take home at the âplant exchangeâ offered by Sustainable Cherry Hillâs Gardening task force. Children will be able to plant a flower to take home while moms and dads âshopâ at the plant exchange.
Visitors can bring containers to shovel some free Cherry Hill Township compost to use in home gardens. In addition, vegetable and/or flower seedlings from Camdenâs Center for Environmental Transformation, Springdale Farm and Horticultural Society of South Jersey will be available for purchase.
Enjoy healthy and delicious selections from Chimp Aid CafĂŠ, J-Dogs and more. Live music and entertainment from area school bands choirs, dance groups and more will be performed on two stages. Other festival events:
Enjoy healthy and delicious selections from Chimp Aid CafĂŠ, J-Dogs and more. Live music and entertainment from area school bands choirs, dance groups and more will be performed on two stages.
Countryside Elementary School in Mt. Laurel, NJ has been recycling with TerraCycle since 2009.Â TerraCycle is a company that recycles many commonly used items that can’t be recycled in our counties, such as chip bags, bar wrappers, juice pouches and even toothbrushes! Â With the help of TerraCycle, Countryside has diverted hundreds of thousands of pieces of trash from landfills:Â over 56,000 bar wrappers, over 76,000 drink pouches, almost 13,000 dairy tubs, almost 70,000 snack bags, 9,000 personal care and beauty items, 5,000 Solo cups, 15,000 baggies, and much more, earning almost $37,000 for the school.Â TerraCycle pays organizations a small fee for recyclable items that are sorted and sent in to their many different ‘brigades’. One such brigade is the Colgate Oral Care Brigade.Â This brigade is sponsored by Colgate and accepts oral care packaging (any brand) including toothpaste tubes, caps and boxes, toothbrushes and toothbrush packaging and floss containers.
Right now, along with ShopRite and TerraCycle, Colgate is sponsoring the Recycled Playground Challenge to give away a recycled playground made from this oral care waste (approx. value:Â $40,000) to a lucky school in ShopRite’s market area of NY, NJ, PA, DE, CT and MD who participates in the Colgate Oral Care Brigade.
Countryside Elementary School is currently in 2nd place in this contest, behind Beloved Community Charter School in Jersey City, NJ.Â Countryside would love to have more voters voting every day until the end of the contest on June 30th – each e-mail address can vote once every 24 hours.Â It’s a quick voting process:Â Just go to http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/colgateshopriteplayground.html and enter your name and e-mail address.Â Where it says ‘You’d like to vote for:”, if you start typing ‘Countryside Elementary School’, it should come up – please make sure it says ‘Mt. Laurel, NJ’.Â Try to bookmark this site and vote at the same time each day!Â Thank you so much for your time and consideration!
You can learn more about the contest here:
Countryside is very grateful for TerraCycle and the brigade sponsors, like Colgate, who allow TerraCycle to continue its recycling programs and give money back to the schools and non-profits that participate.Â By participating in this program, our students are learning a lot about waste, the materials cycle and much more.Â This year, Countryside is using TerraCycle earnings for a Perkins Center STEAM residency which will include the creation of a mosaic and a butterfly garden that will be the start of an outdoor classroom for our teachers and students to share and explore the wonders of nature.Â This will be a collaboration between many groups in our local community including Perkins Center, Mt. Laurel Green Team, Mt. Laurel Garden Club, Burlington County Master Gardeners and Harrington Middle School’s EcoWild Club led by Maureen Barrett.
We hope you’ll join us next Tuesday, April 8th, 7-9pm at the Cherry Hill Library to learn more about the issues surrounding climate change and its local impacts with NJ Climatologist, Dr. David Robinson.Â The program is free but registration is required.
In the meantime, you may have seen some of the recent headlines about the release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) report and quite frankly, they may have left you feeling pretty depressed.Â The study released on Monday should give any of us a reason to act and demand action from legislators and the energy industry.Â We suggest you brace yourself, click through and learn the facts.Â But then get to work.Â The report also gave 13 useful tips for climate action, complied by Carol Linnett (DeSmog Canada) for EcoWatch.com, including:
1.Â Start by making changes at the local level where and how they makeÂ sense.
Thereâs no single catch-all solution when it comes to a complex problem like global climate change. The reportâs authors recommend taking a local approach that addresses ârisk reduction and adaptation strategiesâ that attend to specific socioeconomic processes and needs. Oh, and donât wait for the perfect local strategyâjust pursue all solutions simultaneously, even if theyÂ overlap.
2.Â We need change on all levelsâfrom individual toÂ government.
The report is clear on this: federal governments should be fostering and supporting climate action on the subnational or municipal level. Federal governments can do this by protecting vulnerable groupsâlikeÂ constitutionally-protected First Nations in Canada, for exampleâand having a diverse energy portfolio that doesnât invest too heavily in highly polluting resources, like tar sands bitumen, for example. The authors also recommend governments spend time and money providing information to citizens, construct robust policy and legal frameworks to limit climate change-related risks and work with the private sector to ensure communities are adapting to a changingÂ environment.
3.Â Make everything better for everyone and that will help the climate issue.Â Seriously.
If you work hard to âimprove human health, livelihoods, social and economic well-being, and environmental qualityâ youâre pretty much guaranteed to make progress on the climate file. Governments should start working double-time on these fronts as a part of their climate change adaption and mitigation efforts.Â Co-benefits!
On Wednesday, April 16 at 8 am, Sustainable Cherry Hill is joining “Walk with the Mayor” at the Cherry Hill Mall. Get your work day started by burning off a few calories and support the Earth Festival. This two-mile walk (total one-hour) through the mall will raise awareness of the Earth Festival and the Mayor’s Wellness Program. The Cherry Hill Police Department, Cherry Hill Recreation Department and of course the Mayor and township officials are scheduled to participate.Â See you there!
Think Global.Â Drink Local.
Wednesday, May 7
6:00 to 8:00pm
Rt. 70, Cherry Hill, NJÂ Â
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!