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June 2017 Sustainability Champion – Chuck Cahn

June 2017 Sustainability Champion  – Chuck Cahn

Chuck Cahn has served as Cherry Hill’s Mayor since 2012, and under his leadership, Cherry Hill has remained a statewide leader in sustainability efforts and local policy-making aimed at creating a cleaner, healthier community.

  • Under Mayor Cahn’s leadership, Cherry Hill has maintained Sustainable Jersey Silver Certification, the highest-level certification for municipalities in New Jersey, for seven years; and in 2014, was named a “Sustainability Champion” by Sustainable Jersey
  • Mayor Cahn created Cherry Hill’s Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, and secured the Township a “Healthy Town” designation – the first in South Jersey – by promoting free and low-cost programs and events aimed at healthy living, active lifestyles, and good nutrition among people of all ages;
  • The Township has dedicated millions of dollars to preserving open space, and its vast network of parks, playgrounds, and trails, in addition to creating a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian Master Plan and Complete Streets program
  • Cherry Hill has banned smoking on all public lands, at public buildings, and in public recreational spaces to improve air quality and protect the public;
  • They have installed solar panels on municipal properties and invested in more energy-efficient upgrades in other areas and grown the Township’s residential recycling program to one of the most successful in the state.
  • With Sustainable Cherry Hill, the Township has supported an annual Earth Festival to educate thousands of South Jersey residents on how to Love The Earth every day;
  • And one year ago, Cherry Hill and its Green Team released the “Roadmap to the Future,” one of the first municipal sustainability plans in the state, to formally set the community’s visions and priorities, and to set a path toward a more sustainable future.

Two weeks ago, when our President announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, Mayor Cahn took a strong, vocal stance against the decision, and with the support of the members of Town Council, publicly reaffirmed Cherry Hill’s commitment to sustainability.

And as of this week, Mayor Cahn is a member of U.S. Climate Mayors, a nationwide network of Mayors dedicated to strengthening local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support efforts for binding federal and global policies to that same end.

We are proud to recognize Mayor Chuck Cahn as our Camden County Sustainability Champion for the month of June.