What We Do
Sustainable Cherry Hill strives to continuously tap Cherry Hill & the surrounding region’s greatest resource- its people- in order to shift to a sustainable way of life by :
- MAKING CONNECTIONS – Connecting people in the South Jersey community around our Sustainability mission
- HOSTING EVENTS – free or low-cost educational events on sustainability issues in Cherry Hill and the South Jersey area
- DEVELOPING TASK FORCES – Supporting community based task forces that align people by interests
- PROVIDING INFORMATION – Acting as a general clearing house of information on sustainability news and events
- CREATING PARTNERSHIPS – Partnering with government groups, businesses, community groups and schools and other sustainability-focused organizations to broaden our reach
The Sustainable Cherry Hill Green Leader Scholarship
The Sustainable Cherry Hill Green Leader Scholarship is offered to graduating high school seniors who are residents of Camden County, New Jersey who are seeking to pursue post-secondary education in sustainability, a field that supports sustainable living, or those seeking to be change agents in the world around them. Up to three scholarships of $500 are available and will be awarded each Spring. The scholarship must be used toward an educational pursuit and is a one-time award.
Amanda Ketterer (pictured) graduated from Cherry Hill East High School in 2016 and is a resident of Cherry Hill, NJ. She is attending George Mason University to pursue Environmental Studies and Sustainability. She has already shown she is a great leader in her efforts to plan, organize, and coordinate large number of volunteers to fundraise for the Jane Goodall Institute under the Chimp Aid Café program.
Olivia Van Dervort graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 2016 and is a resident of Haddonfield, NJ. She is pursuing coursework in Environmental Studies and then plans to attend Law School. She hopes as an environmental lawyer she can be a champion for our environment and help build a more sustainable future.
Sarah grduated from Cherry Hill West High School in 2015 and is a resident of Cherry Hill, NJ. Sarah is enrolled in Florida State’s Environmental Science Program. As a high school student Sarah represented her school on the District’s Green Team and championed green programs such as creation of a community nature trail and a “no-mow” flower meadow. She hopes the skills she learns at FSU will allow her to make a future impact on sustainability.
Sarah graduated from Triton Regional High School in 2015 and is resident of Somerdale, NJ. She is attending Rowan University and pursuing a Civil Engineering degree. She hopes to her course of study will help her work to building sustainable developments in the United States and abroad.
From assisting Cherry Hill Township in 2008 with the development of its”10 Point Green Action Plan“, to helping the Cherry Hill School District receive “Sustainable Jersey” certification in 2016, and hosting multitudes of events in the years between, Sustainable Cherry Hill is very proud of its many highlights as an organization dedicated to the local community!
- family friendly event focusing on many aspects of sustainability
- over 5000 attendees with over 100 vendors and non-profits
- local entertainment and healthy food options
To support high school seniors looking to pursue an academic and career path in sustainability and environmental stewardship.
- helping create a connection with the youth in our community
- 2 $500 scholarships were awarded in 2015 and 2016, encouraging young people to consider sustainability as a career track
Starting in 2013 presented 4 consecutive annual Food Day gathering to bring local vendors together with those looking to make healthy and sustainable food choices.
- Part of a national initiative to bring attention to local, organic, sustainably-grown and accessible food
- Several hundred attendees came to learn about the connection between food and sustainability and to sample healthy foods
- 20-30 vendors and non-profits and presenters on a variety of food-related topics
Hosted a Green Drinks Networking session, on the 1st Wednesday of every month (except July and Aug) for several years, which brings like minds together to meet and talk about the topics of the day.
Fostering a diverse group of Task Forces where our neighbors can pursue their own passions. These groups include or have included:
- Art & Sustainability Task Force
- Gardening Task Force
- Green Biz/Build Task Force
- Green Health Task Force
- Way to Go: Alternative Transportation Task Force
- Tri – County Sustainability Alliance Partnership (formerly RUPS)
We are most proud of the Tri – County Sustainability Alliance Partnership which has now become its own group outside of SCH and pursues Sustainability with an energy and passion that often exceeds our own.
Presenting great events and programming that bring the community together either on our own and with partners some of which include:
- Engaging speakers such as Steven Ritz’s and TEDx talks at Cherry Hill East
- Home improvement lectures on buying solar power, energy choice, and reducing your energy consumption.
- Upcycled craft presentations that teach how to re-used every day items to make holiday gifts.
- Green gardening presentations that range from nature walks to educational lectures
- Farm to Table dining events that allow the community get in touch with the land and the farmers that provide our food.
- SCH’s Waiting to Inhale event that brought together five passionate speakers with actionable messages of ways to improve the air we breathe.
- Movie presentations such as Tapped which explores a variety of issues caused by bottle water consumption.
Working with the Cherry Hill School District to support our most important natural resource our children with programs that include:
- Being a close partner of the Cherry Hill School District as it moves through the certification process for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
- Support of the School District in its pursuit and acquisition of Sustainable Jersey/PSEG Grants for green project initiatives.
- Coordinating with the School District’s Facilities Steering Committee to include sustainability improvements in the community’s recommendation for facility investments.