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

World Class Learning with a Local Price! Tri-State Sustainability Symposium

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Friday, March 6, 8am – 4pm

Temple University

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Now in its fifth year, this day-long symposium brings together industry, university and community leaders to share best practices, ask challenging questions, and provide cutting edge information about sustainability in the Tri-State region. This event will feature over 20 sessions covering diverse topics such as Net Zero, water conservation, green leasing, sustainable food systems, art and sustainability, renewable energy, ENERGY STAR, sustainable materials and more.
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Don’t miss the exciting Keynotes in the breathtaking Temple Performing Arts Center!
Breakfast Keynote:

Lunch Keynote:

  •  Emily Allen of the award-winning design firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini on the intersection of sustainability, design and technology
  • Michele N. Siekerka, former Assistant Secretary of NJ DEP and current President of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association on the intersection of business and sustainability
Special Non-Profit/Gov’t/Edu Rate:  $30.00
Students: $10
Regular Price:  $40-$60
 
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February 22, 2015   Posted in: News, Uncategorized  No Comments

ODE TO BARKER- World Spay Day

Please join us in welcoming a new voice to the Sustainable Cherry Hill blog.  Barbara Prince is a passionate advocate for her community and the global environment, as a community member and in her role as the Recycling and Clean Communities Coordinator for Haddon Township.

 

World Spay DayIn the frozen heart of winter, we are reminded to rekindle our passions and hopes with the celebration of Valentine’s Day. A make believe “Hallmark” holiday some begrudgingly acknowledge or choose to ignore all together. However, many of us take this opportunity to celebrate those we love, reawaken our passions, and hope for spring. However, February also marks the recognition of World Spay Day, and how appropriate that February should contain both days. We, Americans, are passionate about our pets – or should I say mad about them. Mad, as with all bad love affairs, we have a twisted relationship with our beloved animals. Statistics show that the United States has the largest population of domestic dogs and cats in the world. Last year, American’s spent a record all-time high of over 55 billion dollars in the pet industry, with projections for another record-breaking year in 2015. In direct contrast to our pet penchants are the numbers which say something else about ourselves. Those numbers, which we turn away from, are the numbers of euthanized animals which never make it out of local, animal shelters. These numbers are far more difficult to access, due to under reporting. Conservatively, statistics estimate that “56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of cats” in shelter are euthanized each year;     resulting in MILLIONS of sentient beings discarded like so much garbage.

So where was I, oh yes, World Spay Day- let me get off my soap box. What to do? You need not subject yourself to another Sarah McLachlan commercial. You are probably a very responsible pet owner, but there are actions you can take and there is information for arsenal:

  • Spay and Neuter ( you’re not a professional breeder and accidents can happen)
  • Identification: Lost dogs seem to find me, and invariably, the pooch has no ID. Less than one quarter of found animals will be reunited with their owners. Microchips are a backup, but not all animal control authorities can scan for a microchip.
  • An animal’s license is not an id. If your pet is taken to a shelter, often in overcrowded shelters, another animal will be euthanized to make room for the incoming animal. I once found a dog which luckily hadn’t wondered too far from its home, and I returned the dog to its owner. When I mentioned that the dog didn’t have any id, she said, “Well, he has his license; someone could call the Township.” I said calmly, “The Township is closed, nights and weekends.” It was a weekend.
  • If you call the police department to report your missing animal or to see if someone else has reported having found your animal, do not accept that the person on the other end is fully informed- especially in a world of shared and regionalized services.
  • Adopt, don’t shop. I have had the honor of knowing many people in the pedigree community who travel around the country “showing” their animals. If you don’t know what I am talking about, then you don’t need a papered animal. If you have a fondness for a particular breed, trust me- you can find one in a shelter. Moreover, there countless rescues which specialize in certain breeds.
  • Donate to your local rescue or shelter.

While there are many “three dog nights” remaining in February, the month is quickly coming to a close as the days lengthen subtlety and the birds find their voices in protest of the groundhog. The memory of those we love, fury and other, sustain our souls and warm our hearts. As I contemplate the undeniable bond between ourselves and our companions, I reminded of a woman in my community whom I would often see walking her dog about town. She was never with anyone, and she didn’t have great control over the animal. She was a regular. Doggy people tend to notice other doggy people. I hadn’t seen her out with her mutt in a while, and hadn’t thought too much of it. Then one day, I saw her walking with her dog- and a man. I noticed that she must have suffered a stroke or something which affected her ability to walk. Her husband was by her side helping her to walk her dog. Thinking about love, I am reminded of this couple, and I think that this is one of the most beautiful expressions of love that I have ever witnessed.

Wishing you warmer days, and hoping that we not only remember the love we have for our domestic animals companions, but also our responsibility to do better by them.

Bruno & Ted

Bruno & Ted

~ Barbara Prince

February 20, 2015   Posted in: News  2 Comments

How Will Your Organization Support Our Earth Festival?

Signs of spring can be found – if you really search. While winter storms affect millions of people along the Eastern seaboard now, pitchers and catchers report to spring training and it’s just over two months until the 45th Earth Day in April.

The fourth Saturday in April – April 25, 2015 – marks the 6th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival.

The festival haIMG_0253s grown to welcome 5000 people, about 100 vendors, Earth-friendly crafters, and groups and all Cherry Hill Schools. Our Earth Festival sponsors – including returning presenting sponsors, Ravitz Family Markets’ ShopRites and LourdesCare at Cherry Hill – support the Earth Festival by promoting goods and services to help build a sustainable community.

Will YOUR organization support this year’s Earth Festival at Croft Farm?

Organizations can choose among several levels; simply review the Earth Festival sponsorship package and learn how your organization will raise its sustainable profile and brand while supporting Sustainable Cherry Hill’s outreach and programming.  We go to ‘press’ shortly and your organization can be part of this engaging spring event with a high profile that gets your message in front of thousands of people.

For commercial vendors and sustainable crafters, the vendor display discount expires February 28. Display information and application is available at our Web site. Last year, Croft Farm spaces were completely ‘sold out.’

Finally, event day requires assistance from the Volunteer Ambassador Corps. Review the information and application to see where you, your business, sports, cultural or faith team can help our team. Our volunteer team will receive training and a special supper on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 21.

Our township, Cherry Hill School District and Sustainable Cherry Hill members are working behind the scenes to make this Earth Festival the most engaging event to date. Watch this space for details about the festival events including bike rides, displays, entertainment e-waste and recycling, healthy food choices and a unique and engaging sustainable art project for everyone to enjoy.

 

February 15, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Featured, News, Uncategorized  No Comments

SPECIAL FEBRUARY GREEN DRINKS – Join us!

Join us for a toast and special announcement to celebrate Sustainable Cherry Hill’s leadership for 2015. As we network at our monthly Green Drinks event, we’ll mark our successful past and cheer on our future as we introduce our leadership team.

GD110514 - CopyAt Green Drinks, you can also check out information about the 6th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival. Sponsorship, vendor, group, entertainment, and volunteer opportunities give you, your business, other non-profit group, school or other organization a chance to participate. Earth Festival producer Brenda Jorett will be on hand to answer questions. Visit our Earth Festival page for more details, too.

Also, learn about our task forces and other happenings related to building a more sustainable South Jersey. Several of our task force leaders and members will be on hand to welcome you.

Our monthly Green Drinks takes place the first Wednesday of the month from 6 pm to 8 pm at The Farm and Fisherman Tavern + Market, an establishment that values sustainability in its marvelous food and beverage selections as well as its decor.

See you Wednesday, February 4; 6 to 8 pm at Farm and Fisherman Tavern + Market on Route 70 West.

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January 27, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Events, News, Uncategorized  No Comments

Local Food & Garden Expo Sparks Community Interest

IMG_1425Sustainable living includes thinking about buying locally and learning more environmentally friendly methods for beautifying your own gardens.  When it comes to food and nutrition, Community Supported Agriculture farms (CSA’s), local food buying programs and food banks provide sustenance.   Education on gardening techniques can enhance your own backyard and improve the environment.

Hoping to connect local farmers and their CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) with the community to learn more about the food supply chain and how they can support local farmers, while enjoying farm fresh food, Sustainable Cherry Hill ‘s Garden Task force and The Master GardenFoodThought1er’s of Camden County gathered for a very successful second “Food For Thought” fair.

Over 100 people, from Camden, Burlington, Gloucester and Cumberland Counties attended the event held at the Camden County Environmental Center in Cherry Hill, on Sunday, January 11.  They learned about various CSA’s, and food cooperatives and how they could join and support the local economy.  There were also demonstrations provided by the Master Gardeners of Camden County on worm composting, seed starting, community gardens, how to become a Master Gardener and the Camden County Backyard Chickens.

The room was packed with activity and all participants, vendors and the community alike left with lists of new potential shareholders and information.  Look for a documentary on the event in the near future!

FoodThought5We so pleased so many people participated and connected with CSAs and other experts. We look forward making this an annual or bi-annual event. Happy eating and gardening to all!

 

For those who were unable to attend, but still interested, we’ve included a list of this year’s participants with links to their sites below.

 

CSA’s

Hazon CSA of Southern New Jersey

Muth Family Farm

Our Yards Farm

Savoie Organic Farm

South Jersey Organic

Fernbrook Farms CSA

 

Cooperatives/Food Buying Clubs

 Winter Harvest Philly

Door to Door Organics

Submitted by Nadine Downie,  Sustainable Cherry Hill Garden Task Force

January 14, 2015   Posted in: Featured, News, Task Forces - Local Food/Community Gardening, Uncategorized  No Comments


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