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.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Croft Farm Barn,Â 100 Bortons Mill Rd,Â Cherry Hill, NJ
Join your friends and neighbors at our hands-on craft event as local crafters teach you how to make some great upcycled fall crafts, including:
T-shirt shopping bags
Spooky paper tree to decorate your home for Halloween
Getting harmful chemicals out of our bodies is a constant daily challenge. Itâ€™s not as simple as weâ€™d like, and itâ€™s not as easy as weâ€™d hope. But itâ€™s too important to ignore.
Summer Book Club
July 16, 2015, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
31 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
By Barbara Wilson, Public Information Officer, Cherry Hill Public Schools
Congratulations to Cherry Hill High School West for earning a $4,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools, funded by the NJ Department of Health. The grant will fund theÂ construction of a raised-bed garden and rainwater harvestingÂ system. The garden will be used primarily to teach special educationÂ students gardening, food prep and other life skills, and to promoteÂ fitness, healthy living and healthy food choices.
The garden will be close to Westâ€™s special educationÂ classrooms to accommodateÂ students with physical limitations. Plans include to incorporatingÂ growing flowers as well vegetables in the garden to be used for career exploration. Read the rest of this post »
September 2nd, 6 – 8 pm
The Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market
1422 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
After a summer hiatus, Green Drinks is back!
Grab a friend and join us at our monthlyÂ free networking eventÂ (buy your own drink),
enjoy delicious food, and share highlights from your sustainable summer.
Here’s the third in our Gardening Task Force blog series:Â How Our Organic Garden GrowsÂ by Cory Stoetzer. Cory and Mark Stoetzer are sharing the thrills and challenges of growing an organic vegetableÂ Â Itâ€™s been a while since my last post.
Last week Mustard Spinach, this Week Cucumbers, next Week Tomatoesâ€¦
This summerâ€™s pleasant weather has us all working during the week and soaking up the rays at the beach every weekend. Never the less, Mark has managed to find time to weed and work the garden. As for me, I enjoy coming home from work at dusk and touring the garden with Mark â€“ photographing the emerging veggies, tracking the growth, admiring the fruits of Markâ€™s labor and the miracle of mother nature. Each time Mark brings in a fresh picked veggie that is ready for the table, I am awed by how sustainable the earth can be if we donâ€™t interfere. Of course, I long to have chickens for eggs, a goat for milk, and llamas for yarn. But since Mark is still against all of that, I will have to wait and keep bugging him until it is his ideaâ€¦and the township permits it.
Itâ€™s hard to believe that the tiny seeds Mark planted outside and the little seedlings that sat in our dining room window for weeks are all grown up and yielding fruit of their own. Read the rest of this post »
These days, we could all use a little inspiration. Welcome to the next in ourÂ SCHÂ Agent for ChangeÂ series. Every month we will feature an interview with everyday people creating big changes in their little corner of the world. The goal of these stories is to spark a passion, help you set a goal, or move past some frustration as you work to be anÂ Agent for ChangeÂ in your own system.
This month we feature Val Yasner, a Cherry Hill resident and co-chair ofÂ Hazon Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Advisory Board. Hazon is committed to building healthier moreÂ sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond.
SCH: What is a typical day as an â€śAgent for Change” like for you?
Val: I am an active volunteer leader with Hazon, a not for profit group that works to help create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. What I really love about working with Hazon (Hebrew for vision) is that each day is different. I wear a few different hats. I am on Hazonâ€™s National Board, and Co Chair our Hazon Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Advisory Board. In 2008-2014 I cofounded and coordinated our Hazon CSA (Community Supported Agriculture program) of Southern New Jersey now in itâ€™s seventh year of activity. Because of the various responsibilities of those different roles my day can be diverse and sometimes a bit crazy! Read the rest of this post »