Mayor Susan Shin Angulo and Council President David Fleisher are proud to announce Cherry Hill has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Silver-Level Sustainable Jersey recertification. Cherry Hill is one of 52 municipalities that have attained certification in 2021 and was recently honored at the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon in Atlantic City at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference.
“I am so thrilled Cherry Hill has once again secured Silver-level Sustainable Jersey certification. This achievement is a representation of the high priority Township Council and I place on protecting our environment and preparing for the very real threats of climate change as we plan for our long-term success,” said Mayor Susan Shin Angulo. “Next, we’re seeing our sights on Gold.”
Cherry Hill first achieved Silver-Level Certification in 2014, but must reapply for certification every three years. To become Sustainable Jersey certified at the silver-level, the Township submitted documentation to show it had gone above and beyond the required sustainability actions, earning 415 points out of the 350 necessary to achieve certification.
“Cherry Hill’s recertification sends a message to our residents, businesses and community organizations – we are working for you and our shared future,” said Council President David Fleisher. “We are continuing to build upon our existing reputation as a leader in municipal sustainability.”
One part of Cherry Hill’s ability to achieve Silver-level certification, its Green Team, was recently restarted under Mayor Angulo’s administration. In addition to achieving Silver-Level Certification, Cherry Hill has also achieved a number of other environmentally-related accomplishments, including recently becoming only the fifth municipality in the state, and the first in Camden County, to achieve National Wildlife Federation Certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat.
Sustainable Jersey’s participating communities represent over 81 percent of the state’s municipalities.
“The certified towns exemplify the commitment we need to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. As New Jersey faces issues such as the climate crisis, a growing equity divide and environmental pollution, it is essential that we support municipalities as they do the hard work to meet these challenges at the local level,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “These communities are helping New Jersey build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic and it is our honor to work with them as we strive for a better tomorrow!”
Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts.