Majora Carter

 

 

Ms. Carter simultaneously addresses public health, poverty alleviation, and climate change as one of the nation’s pioneers in successful urban green-collar job training and placement systems. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 to achieve environmental justice through economically sustainable projects informed by community needs. Currently, she is the president of the green-collar economic consulting company, The Majora Carter Group, LLC.
Ms. Carter has been instrumental in creating riverfront parks, building green roofs, working to remove poorly planned highways in favor of positive economic development, and successfully implementing the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) program—a pioneering green-collar job training and placement system—seeding a community with a skilled workforce that has both a personal & economic stake in their urban environment.
These accomplishments grow from her notion that self-image is influenced by surroundings—so those surroundings should be beautiful! Her vision, drive, and tenacity earned her a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. She was also named one of Essence Magazine’s 25 most influential African-Americans, the NY Post’s 50 Most Influential Women for the past 2 years, and is co-host of the Green on the Sundance Channel. She serves as a board member of the Wilderness Society, SJF, and CERES, and as host of a special national public radio series called “The Promised Land”.

Organization: The Majora Carter Group, LLC

Related Challenge: Water