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Sustainable Voorhees is a collaborative network of local business leaders, civic minded community groups, and individual residents who are committed to making Voorhees Township a more sustainable place to live and work. We are an extension of the Township’s municipal government focused on sustainability planning, education, and the implementation of innovative projects that positively impact the quality of our lives now and into the future.

Sustainability, simply put, refers to our ability to sustain ourselves, our community, and the natural resources on which we depend (like clean air and water) for our day-to-day survival. Sustainability recognizes the need for us to move away from using resources in an inefficient and wasteful way and instead move toward a smarter way of doing business. It also recognizes the important links between social well-being, economic prosperity, and environmental health.

Sustainable Voorhees began with a simple idea: to “green” the Township of Voorhees. And so, in 2010 a small group of residents approached Township Committee and requested assistance in joining the Sustainable Jersey program. In March of 2011, Township Committee formally recognized our first Green Team through Proclamation and charged them with the responsibility of shepherding Voorhees through the Sustainable Jersey certification process.

It soon became clear, however, that certification would require a more collaborative effort between Sustainable Voorhees and the Township. In January of 2013, Sustainable Voorhees became an official subcommittee of the Voorhees Township Environmental Commission. We now work as an extension of the Township’s municipal government focused on sustainability planning, education, and the implementation of innovative projects that positively impact the quality of our lives now and into the future.

On October 25, 2013, Voorhees Township achieved Bronze Level Certification as a Sustainable Jersey Community. Efforts continued through October of 2016, when Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that the Township had met the rigorous requirements of Silver Level Certification. The work of Sustainable Voorhees continues as its members develop a comprehensive municipal plan of action reflective of our community's dedication to sustainable practices.

Partnership and collaboration are fundamental to Sustainable Voorhees. In fact, our whole organizational model is grounded in those two ideas. As we grow our members will continue to work together to strengthen our community through public outreach workshops, public policy advocacy, and other coordinated efforts designed to bring about a more sustainable Voorhees Township.

If you or your organization would like to partner with Sustainable Voorhees, or even just share ideas, we want to hear from you. Please contact us to find out more.

Sustainability Presentation