Outgrown Toys? Help local children in need!

Second Chance Toys is partnering with SSJ and other partner organizations to collect your outplayed toys to re-home to local organizations serving children in need. 
See flyer and links below to learn more!  Nov 19, 2020 l  10a-1p  l  2 Locations [ Rain or Shine ]



Flyer - collect toys for local children

Caren Kaufman Memorial Grant Program

Sustainable South Jersey announced our new -grant program in 2023, created to honor Caren Kaufman, a grassroots activist who was dedicated to sustainability and health. In 2010, Caren was diagnosed with breast cancer. Receiving this unexpected, life-changing news triggered her to research causes; she wondered if environmental factors could have contributed to her illness. Due to generous donors, the 2024 Caren Kaufman grant program will issue grants $500-$1000 totalling up to $3,000.

Application submissions for the 2024 Caren Kaufman Memorial Grant Program are closed.
Click here to learn more about the grant program.

Learn more about the 2023 recipients

Clean, Local, Affordable Solar Energy is Here.

No Roof Required! Renters Welcome!

Get discounted electricity (10-20% below PSE&G rates).
Get 100% renewable electricity (all solar) with no panels, no commitment, no extra fees (just savings).
Free gift card when you sign up though SSJ (and SSJ gets a donation).PSE&G still supplies all your electricity (but PSE&G buys it from a solar company).
You can choose to work with one of the two companies below.

Neighborhood Sun

Solar Landscape

Neighborhood Sun logo

Everyone deserves access to locally produced clean energy. Neighborhood Sun helps people by connecting them with local clean energy projects like Community Solar or Community Hydro. By enrolling in a community energy project, you will not only go green, but you will save money while supporting your local economy.

Solar Landscapes community solar projects enable you to tap into solar power without the hassle or expense of installing panels on your property. Whether you rent or own your home, community solar is a simple, smart way to
reduce your electric bill and support local green energy.

Book Club

SSJ’s book club explored 3 exciting books about climate change and solutions.

Meetings were held virtually earlier this year on a set schedule.

Beyond the Ideals: Actions you can start today!

By Sustainable South Jersey and Neighborhood Sun



PRESENTERS : TREX, TerraCycle, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Neighborhood Sun. learn more >

Upgrade Your Yard Videos

New-Yard-Episode8-Help-Existing-Trees-Support-Wildlife_EdCohenThis new video series describes Ed Cohen’s journey as he makes his yard more attractive to birds and butterflies at the same time as reducing water run-off.Each less-than-a-minute video covers a different topic.

Ed would love to hear about your own efforts (or answer questions to help you get started). Contact us at . Ed is also happy to send you a link of resources (just email him).

You can find Ed’s videos

Please consider supporting our efforts to support real & lasting change in South Jersey !

Photos: NCCG's celebrated Byron Garden in North Camden, an initiative supported by SSJ's 2020 Grant Program

Mini Grant Program

Sustainable South Jersey’s mini-grant program was created to help support exciting environmental initiatives in the South Jersey region.

Read all about our funding priorities and eligibility criteria for our latest grant program here.

Be a force for nature

Driving Sustainability in South Jersey to benefit our collective future. 

Our mission is to Inspire personal connections to South jerseys ecological resources, promote environmental education and serve as a nexus for community engagement.
Landscape Design

Taking a Look at Lawns

  Problematic History The grassy lawn has become a staple of the American landscape especially in suburbia. It is a point of pride for some and a chore for others,

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Hand holding flowers

Beauty in Our Backyards

As we enter this spring in a global pandemic, things are feeling… well, weird. New Jersey continues to battle a growing infection and death rate from COVID-19 and our Governor

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SSJ Mission goals


Increase the numbers of South Jersey residents, businesses and community and governmental organizations that are aware of environmental problems affecting our region.


Increase the numbers of South Jersey residents, businesses and community and governmental organizations that prioritize sustainability as a pathway to ameliorate environmental problems.


Increase the numbers of sustainability projects and programs and efforts in South Jersey that address these problems in a substantive manner.

Be the change

earth festival

For over 10 years the Annual Earth Festival has been our biggest sustainable event of the year.

SSJ Meet Ups

Enjoy educational speakers, conversation, and networking. Three leaders in sustainability speak (10 minute lightning talks) at each meeting. Click the icon to learn more

Grant program

Fund your South Jersey initiative! Sustainable South Jersey announced our new mini-grant program in 2020, created to help support exciting environmental initiatives in the South Jersey region.