Majora Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx, in 2001 — when very few of us were even talking about “sustainability”; and even fewer, in places like The South Bronx. By 2003, she coined the term: “Green The Ghetto” as she pioneered one of the nation’s first urban green-collar job training & placement systems.
Her organization spearheaded new policies and legislation that fueled demand for those jobs, improved the lives of all New Yorkers, and has served as a model for the nation. Majora’s 2006 TEDtalk was one of the very first 6 presentations to launch their groundbreaking website.
Since 2008, her consulting company has been exporting Climate Adaptation, Urban Micro-AgriBusiness, and Leadership Development strategies for Business, State and Local Governments, Federal Agencies,Foundations, Universities, and economically under-performing Communities. She is probably the only person to receive an award from John Podesta’s Center For American Progress, and a Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement from Rupert Murdoch’s: New York Post.
Fast Company Magazine listed her as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, The NY Times described her as “The Green Power Broker”, and the Ashoka Foundation’s Changemakers.org recently dubbed Majora Carter: “The Prophet of Local”. She is the host of Eco-Heroes on Sundance Channel, as well as her own Corporation for Public Broadcasting special series: The Promised Land (thepromisedland.org). She has earned a long long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.
Follow her on twitter at @majoracarter and on facebook.com/majoracarter