Urban Revitalization Strategist Majora Carter founded and led "Sustainable South Bronx" from 2001 to 2008 — when few were talking about “sustainability” and even fewer, in places like the South Bronx. In this public presentation, Ms. Carter will bring us the stories of people who are saving their own communities while saving the planet. She will also provide the roadmap for students and community members to do the same.
In 2008, Ms. Carter founded Majora Carter Group, LLC, and since then, her consulting company has exported climate adaptation, urban micro-agribusiness, and leadership development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities, and economically under-performing communities.
Ms. Carter currently hosts the Peabody Award-winning public-radio series, “The Promised Land,” and serves on the boards of the U.S. Green Building Council and The Wilderness Society. Ms. Carter's list of awards and honors stretchs across several decades, and includes a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Her Peabody Award (2011) attests to her accomplishments as a radio broadcaster, consultant, and environmental advocate.
By 2003, Majora coined the term: “Green the Ghetto” as she pioneered one of the nation’s first urban green-collar job training & placement systems, and spearheaded legislation that fueled demand for those jobs. Majora’s 2006 TEDtalk was one of 6 presentations to launch that groundbreaking website.
Ms. Carter leverages both an understanding of economics and public speaking skills to not only advocate for communities that shoulder a disproportionate number of municipal waste facilities, but also mobilize people to initiate restoration of natural environments in their own communities. Ms. Carter’s consulting organizations also strengthen communities by hiring community members to take part in the restoration and teaching specialized eco-skills (e.g. green roof installation, urban farming, etc.).
This event is hosted by the Program in the Environment, the Goldring Family Foundation, and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The event is co-sponsored by the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, Erb Institute, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS), the Residential College, Institute for Humanities, Organizational Studies, Department of Political Science, Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP), New England Literature Program (NELP), the School of Social Work, and the Department of American Culture.