Welcome to Sustainable Cherry Hill
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.
“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.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 26, 2014 for the Cherry Hill Earth Festival at historic Croft Farm. Plans are underway for an engaging, healthful, entertaining day for families, students and all South Jersey residents.
Cherry Hill School District and Sustainable Camden County. NEW this year – a 25-mile bike ride highlighting Camden County parks with a $10 registration fee to benefit Operation Yellow Ribbon. (Details coming soon.)
How you can be involved:
3. ENTERTAIN: School & church/temple choirs and bands, easy-listening groups, dance clubs and more are invited to apply to entertain for 15-minute blocks during the four-hour festival.¬† To receive information & apply to participate contact Ed Cohen or Caren Kaufman
4. VENDORS & GROUPS: small businesses with green-minded products or services can participate for a fee – to benefit Sustainable Cherry Hill. Non-profit community groups can apply to display free of charge. Information will be emailed soon. Contact Gabrielle Centrone¬† to receive information.
5. SAVE the DATE – and enjoy all things green. Start with an Earth Festival bike ride – a 25-mile (7 a.m.) bike ride¬† or enjoy Family Rides (two & nine mile rides – 8 a.m. registration). All start at Croft Farm/Challenge Grove. The 25-mile ride sponsored by Sustainable Camden County & the Camden County Freeholders- is also a fundraiser for Operation Yellow Ribbon; Camden County’s effort to support returning troops with welcome home celebrations and more.
Reach out to us for sponsor, vendor, entertainment and other information. Details are coming soon.
In my July 2013 SCH blog post, I discussed my impressions of the first part of the NJ Learns ‚ÄėEducating for Sustainability‚Äô training offered by The Cloud Institute. This introductory two-day segment gave an excellent overview of how people think about the world and place value on it, which is key for understanding what motivates them and how to help them view sustainability differently. Although I did not know where the training program would ultimately lead me, I instantly felt that I had found a place where my unique brand of sustainability thinking could thrive.
In July, the same cohort of over two dozen people met again for an intensive five-day follow-up. Unlike the broad, often philosophical overview during the May segment, July‚Äôs segment focused much more on how the trainees could facilitate a project to bring sustainability to a wider audience. A bevy of professionals from educators, advocates, mentors and business people spoke to us to show what they do in their field, and to give us an idea on how we could pursue sustainability education for our project practicum, and beyond.
It was a moment of reckoning when many of us realized that we would have to step well outside our comfort zone in order to design and implement a project that would bring our sustainability efforts to new levels. The projects selected were many and varied: developing school gardens, creating sustainability curriculum, improving local transportation, green space protection and advocacy, a breast cancer documentary ‚Äď just to name a few.
Fortunately, NJ Learns offers a step-by-step process where monthly assignments helped us define, design, implement and assess the outcomes of our chosen project. Although many of us either lacked the experience or confidence to develop a project that had us treading into unfamiliar territory, the strong sense of community and cooperation among the participants often carried us through the process. Many even got involved in the projects of our fellow trainees, offering mutual support and volunteering assistance to them.
My own project was to develop a new wellness coaching business, which was a bit petrifying to start from scratch. But it was a thrill to meet with clients and to provide them with tangible ways to improve their health and wellness immediately. It was also a validation to see how closely the training curriculum could be applied to wellness, such as taking a systems thinking approach to see the whole person (instead of just ‚Äúproblem solving‚ÄĚ), and also to see how mental mindsets play a role in how people view themselves and the notion of change.
At the end of the day, I may have never aspired to develop a new business if it were not for NJ Learns. Although there have been many ups and downs along the way, the supportive training environment, combined with a well-constructed curriculum and peer support, has helped many of us transcend our own fears and limitations of ourselves. NJ Learns has taught us to reach beyond ourselves and tap into those around us for the inspiration and help needed to bring the message of sustainability to a wider audience.
To view my other SCH blogs on health and wellness, energy, environment and a whole range of other sustainability topics, please click here.
Paul Hanley¬†is a long-time Cherry Hill resident, freelance writer and Environmental Science professor at the Community College of Philadelphia. Look here on Sustainable Cherry Hill for more blogs from Paul in the coming weeks. He can be contacted at¬†phanley [at] ccp [dot] edu.
Green Drinks:¬† Think Global.¬† Drink Local.
Wednesday, December 4th
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!
Flying Fish Brewery
Join us for another great networking opportunity with some extra fun on the side:
Stay tuned for more information and registration!
The EcoChallenge is a community service project that basically helps people protect their environment and their communities. Mrs. Suboleski, my classmates, and I have decided to join this challenge and, as it turns out, really enjoyed doing it!
We have discovered many different ways to help save the environment. Some things we have completed by making positive choices are keeping trash out of the oceans and lakes by plucking litter off the ground, unplugging chargers when nothing is connected to it, and placing glass bottles, tin and metal cans, and plastic containers into recycling bins.
We kept trash out of the oceans and lakes by making sure the litter was not going down sewers. We placed the garbage in the right places. This prevented the pollution from traveling out into the ocean, which would have destroyed the ocean animal‚Äôs habitat.¬†¬† We now have cleaner oceans for people to swim in and for fish to swim with us.
We should only plug in chargers when the electronics that are made for the chargers need energy to work.¬† All lights should be turned off when they are not being used. This will save electricity and money.
Recycling paper allows for fewer trees to be cut down. This means more animals will have homes, and people will have more trees for oxygen.
We also are placing glass bottles, tin and metal cans, and plastic containers into recycling bins. At the recycling center, these items get smashed or broken down. Then, the object can be built again and reused for other items.
The Eco-Challenge can help our environment by getting information to people from the website, www.ecochallenge.org. People can also sign up on the website and help make a difference. Hooray for the Eco-Challenge and the Eco-Challengers!
Written by Jordyn,¬† Student of Mrs. Suboleski, 3rd grade at Marlton Elementary School, Participant of the EcoChallenge 2013
For over four hours on Sunday, November 17th, cars¬†filled with dusty computers and printers and boxes of old bank statements and spreadsheets lined up at the Katz Jewish Campus in Cherry Hill. Smiling volunteers directed cars and carried boxes to staging areas for E-waste recycling and paper shredding.¬† This free community event was a joint venture between the Jewish Federation of South Jersey, Cherry Hill
Township and Sustainable Cherry Hill.¬† It is estimated that over 8,500 lbs of e-waste was collected for safe recycling by E-Force Recycling and 22 tons of paper was shredded and recycled by Recall Shredding.¬† Sustainable Cherry Hill thanks its partners, volunteers, vendors and community members who came out and helped make the day a tremendous success.
If you couldn’t¬† make it out to our November 17th event, but you would like to recycle your old electronics, remember you can do so for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the Cherry Hill Department of Public Works, 1 Perina Blvd.¬† For more information call 856.424.4422.¬† You can also save up your electronics for safe recycling by E-force and bring them to Art Blooms Earth Festival on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Croft Farm. Check back for details soon.
Thanks to Cherry Hill Township for it’s ongoing commitment to recycling and for making a proclamation in honor of America Recycles Day at a Council Meeting on November 14th, 2013 in advance of the big recycling event.
Think global. ¬†Drink local.
Join us on Wednesday, November 6, 2013
¬†in the back room at PJ Whelihans from 6-8pm!
¬†SCH has its own chapter of this popular social and business networking happy hour that brings together a wide array of green minded people each month over beverages to discuss sustainable solutions, ideas, concepts and much more.
This laid back, unstructured gathering is part of an international movement and a collaborative effort with Green Drinks Philadelphia.
And remember, the efforts of SCH are regional and inclusive‚Ä¶ you do not need to be a Cherry Hill resident to participate with us.
Stop by the first Wednesday of EVERY month at PJ Whelihan‚Äôs on Rt. 70 and Greentree Rds in Cherry Hill from 6-8 pm to hang with us and other like minded folks in the community. Everyone is friendly and eager to meet new people!
Note:¬†SCH provides the ‚ÄúGREEN‚ÄĚ opportunity to network, but not the ‚ÄúDRINKS‚ÄĚ!
Everyone either runs a tab or pays by the drink.
Contact Lori Braunstein for more information at Lori [dot] Braunstein [at] sustainablecherryhill [dot] org.