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.
Friday, March 6,Â 8am – 4pm
Now in itsÂ 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 topicsÂ such as Net Zero, water conservation, green leasing, sustainable food systems, art and sustainability, renewable energy, ENERGY STAR, sustainable materials and more.
Don’t miss the exciting Keynotes in the breathtaking Temple Performing Arts Center!
Special Non-Profit/Gov’t/Edu Rate: Â $30.00
Regular Price: Â $40-$60
Please join us in welcoming a new voice to the Sustainable Cherry Hill blog. Â Barbara PrinceÂ 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.
In the frozen heart of winter, we are reminded to rekindle our passions and hopes with the celebration of Valentineâs Day. A make believe âHallmarkâ 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 â 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, Americanâs 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 â56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of catsâ in shelter are euthanized each year;Â Â Â Â 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:
While there are many âthree dog nightsâ 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 didnât have great control over the animal. She was a regular. Doggy people tend to notice other doggy people. I hadnât seen her out with her mutt in a while, and hadnât thought too much of it. Then one day, I saw her walking with her dog- andÂ 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.
~Â Barbara Prince
Signs of spring can be found â if you really search. While winter storms affect millions of people along the Eastern seaboard now, pitchers and catchers report to spring training and itâs just over two months until the 45thÂ Earth Day in April.
The fourth Saturday in April â April 25, 2015 â marks the 6thÂ Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival.
The festival has grown to welcome 5000 people, about 100 vendors, Earth-friendly crafters, and groups and all Cherry Hill Schools. Our Earth Festival sponsors â including returning presenting sponsors, Ravitz Family Markets’ ShopRites and LourdesCare at Cherry Hill â support the Earth Festival by promoting goods and services to help build a sustainable community.
Will YOUR organization support this yearâs Earth Festival at Croft Farm?
Organizations can choose among several levels; simply review the Earth FestivalÂ sponsorshipÂ package and learn how your organization will raise its sustainable profile and brand while supporting Sustainable Cherry Hillâs outreach and programming.Â We go to âpressâ 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 isÂ availableÂ at our Web site. Last year, Croft Farm spaces were completely âsold out.â
Finally, event day requires assistance from the Volunteer Ambassador Corps. Review theÂ information and applicationÂ 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.
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.
At 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.
Sustainable living includes thinking about buying locally and learning more environmentally friendly methods for beautifying your own gardens.Â When it comes to food and nutrition, Community Supported Agriculture farms (CSAâs), local food buying programs and food banks provide sustenance.Â Â Education on gardening techniques can enhance your own backyard and improve the environment.
Hoping to connect local farmers and their CSAâs (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 âs Garden Task force and The Master Gardenerâs of Camden County gathered for a very successful second âFood For Thoughtâ 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.Â They learned about various CSAâs, and food cooperatives and how they could join and support the local economy.Â 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.Â Look for a documentary on the event in the near future!
For those who were unable to attend, but still interested, weâve included a list of this yearâs participants with links to their sites below.
Cooperatives/Food Buying Clubs
Submitted by Nadine Downie, Â Sustainable Cherry Hill Garden Task Force