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Majora Carter

Eco-Entrepreneur and Host of the Peabody Award-Winning Radio Series "The Promised Land"


Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company magazine, “The Green Power Broker” by the New York Times, and “The Prophet of Local” by the Ashoka Foundation’s Changemakers.org, Majora Carter is a pioneer in economic as well as environmental sustainability. Carter, who coined the phrase “Green the Ghetto,” founded and led Sustainable South Bronx from 2001-2008 – when few were talking about sustainability, and even fewer in places like The South Bronx.


Carter views urban and rural economic renewal through an environmental lens and connects ecological, economic and social vectors in some surprising ways. Majora wrote a $1.25M Federal Transportation planning grant to design the 11-mile South Bronx Greenway which has since garnered over $50M in funding and is currently under construction.  She also established one of the nation's first urban green-collar training & placement systems as well as spearheaded legislation to fuel demand for those jobs. She’s received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, as well as various awards from John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, and a Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement from Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post.

 

Carter currently serves on the boards of the US Green Building Council and the Wilderness Society. Since 2008, her consulting company, Majora Carter Group, LLC has exported Climate Adaptation, Urban Micro-Agribusiness, and Leadership Development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities, and economically under-performing communities. 

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