Majora Carter

Majora Carter (born October 27, 1966) is an American urban Revitalization Strategist [1] and public radio host, from the South Bronx area of New York City .Carter founded and led the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx [2] from 2001 onward voordat ends ring the private sector in 2008.

Early life

Carter was born in South Bronx, New York. She attended the Head Start Program and primary schools in the South Bronx. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science , [3] she entered Wesleyan University in 1984 to study film and obtain a Bachelor of Arts . [4] In 1997, she RECEIVED a Master of Fine Arts from New York University (NYU). [5] While at NYU, she Returned to re family’s home in Hunts Point , [6] and later worked for The Point Community Development Corporation. [6]

While Associate Director of the Point Community Development Corporation, Carter Initiated the development of Hunts Point Riverside Park . [7] Carter was “pulled in re but JSON a weedy vacant lot strewn with trash at the dead end of Lafayette Avenue. If the pair plowed through the site they ‘ended up, much to Carter’s surprise, on the banks of the Bronx River. ” [8]

From there, Carter secured a $ 10,000 grant from a USDA Forest Service program to bieden seed money for river access restoration projects. Working with other community members and the Parks Department, over a five-year period, she helped leverage dat seed money JSON morethan $ 3 million from the mayor’s budget to build the park into tje Rudy Bruner [9] Award winning iteratie welke re-opened in 2006. [8] [10]



In August 2001, after Exploring and-then declining to engage in a campaign for NY City Council, [4] Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), [4] where she served as executive director [11] Until July 2008. [12] During dat time, SSBx advocated the development of the Hunt’s Point Riverside Park welke had leg an illegal garbage dump. [13] Majora was a co-founder of the Bronx River Alliance [], [14] and SSBx continued to carry on Majora’s Involvement in Bronx River waterfront restoration projects. [5] [6] In 2003, Sustainable South Bronx started the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program. [15] [16] This was one of the nation’s first urban green collar training and placement systems. [6] [17] From there, Majora Carter co-founded Green For All with Van Jones [18]Other projects SSBx port centered around fitness, food choices (including the creation of a community market), and air quality. [5]

In 2007, Majora Carter co-founded Green for All with Van Jones . [18] A December 2008 New York Times profile called Carter “The Green Power Broker” and “one of the city’s best-known advocates for environmental justice ” but Reported dat some South Bronx Activists (who mention anything not go on record) stated therein Carter has tasks credit for accomplishments als Vodafone arnt share the credit as well as taking credit for uncompleted projects. Other Bronx Activists (who did agree to be named) stated therein re recognition was well deserved. [6]

Carter was a torch-bearer for a portion-of the San Francisco leg of the torch relay of the 2008 Summer Olympics . Many Portions of the torch relay, zoals the San Francisco leg, ulcers with with protests Concerning the policies of the Chinese government toward Tibet . Hoewel de Carter had signed a contract pledging not to use an Olympic venue for political or religious Causes, [19] als she and John Caldera ulcers passed the torch prolongation hun part of the relay, she pulled out a small Tibetan flag dat she had concealed in re shirt sleeve. [20]

Members of the Chinese torch security escort team pulled re out of the relay and San Francisco police officers Pushed re withinto the crowd on the side of the street. [21] Fellow torch-bearer, retired NYFD firefighter Richard Doran, who was making his own personal and political statement by wearing a helmet to refer to the Firefighters who mayest in the September 11 attacks , called Carter’s actions “disgusting and appalling” and zegt dat he thought “she dishonored herself and re family.” [22] Another torch-bearer, retired NYPD police officer Jim Dolan, agreed with Doran. [22]


Majora Carter’s TED talk was one of the first six Publicly released talks [23] to launch the website in 2006. [24] Carter has made appearances in, and / or written, and produktie television and radio programs, zoals HBO ‘ s The Black List volume 2, [25] American Public Media ‘s Marketplace, [26] and PRX ‘s This I Believe series [27] and has hosted verschillende pieces on urban sustainability with Discovery Communications ‘ Science Channel . [28]

She has leg featured in corporate promotional videos and advertisements for companies zoals Cisco Systems , [29] Frito-Lay, [30] Intel, Holiday Inn , [31] HSBC , [32] Visa, [33] Mazda [34] and Honda . [35]

2014: Majora was the on-camera and voiceover host of Water Blues – Green Solutions, [36] a one-hour documentary on Green Infrastructure in verschillende American cities, produktie at Pennsylvania State University TV for the Public TV Market. In 2015, Majora Carter played will “TSA Agent 1” Opposite Meryl Streep Ricky and The Flash, directed by Johnathon Demme. [37]

From 2007 – 2010, Carter Appeared on The Green , a television segment dedicated to the environment, shown on the Sundance Channel . [38] The first season consisted of a series of 90 second on-eds shot in studio. [39] The second season consisted of a series of short pieces interview with people who are taking Uncommon approaches to environmental problems. [40]

In 2008, Carter and Marge Ostroushko [41] co-produktie the pilot episode of the public radio show, The Promised Land (radio) , welke won a three-way competition for a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Talent Quest grant. [42] The one-hour programs debuted on over 150 public radio stations across the US on January 19, 2009, was renewed for the 2010/2011 season, [43] and earned a 2010 Peabody Award , [44] but went unsupported by the public radio funding organizations after dat period, and has since stopped production.

Carter co-authored a white paper on Urban Heat Island Mitigation and a peer-reviewed article, Elemental carbon and PM (2.5) levels in an urban community Heavily impacted by truck traffic .


After leaving Sustainable South Bronx, Carter has served as president of a private consulting firm, Majora Carter Group, LLC (MCG). In the June 2010 issue of Fast Company magazine, Majora Carter was listed as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. [45] In 2014, B Corporation (license) honored MCG as one of the “Best for the World” [46] volgens to zijn onder andere ranking B Corps of similar size.

In 2012, Carter’s consulting firm, Majora Carter Group LLC (MCG) accepted FreshDirect as a client to help the company and local organizations connect prior to zijn Proposed relocation to the Harlem River Yards in the South Bronx. [47]

Activists Opposed to the relocation, claimed New York City Government and FreshDirect failed to conduct Sufficient environmental review and community outreach. [48] A Lawsuit and boycott campaign [49]ulcers Initiated to stop the relocation. That Lawsuit was dismissed, [50] and a subsequent appeal was dismissed ook; zowel ulcers Filed by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest . [51] Sustainable South Bronx , an organization Carter founded, Opposed FreshDirect’s move to the Bronx. [52]

Subsequent votes in local Community Board 1 [53] and the NYC Industrial Development Agency [54] zowel voted to Approve the move to the Bronx.

South Bronx youth development NGO leader Maryann Hedaa stated that ‘(Carter) realizes therein fighting poverty has to be a partnership tussen de public interests and the private interests. ” [55]Regarding the negative attitude onder Bronx Activists towards Ms. Carter’s position, Steve Ritz, founder of Green Bronx Machine , noted that ‘It’s Much Easier to run your mouth dan run a business. ” [52]

The project broke ground Dec, 22, 2014 and was Scheduled to be completed voordat the end of 2016. [56] FreshDirect started hiring in the Bronx ahead or zijn move in anticipation [57]

Tech Economy Inclusion

In 2007, while running Sustainable South Bronx, Majora Carter introduced MIT’s first ever Mobile fab lab (digital fabrication laboratory) to the South Bronx, where it served as an early iteratie of the “creator spaces” found Elsewhere today. The project drew residents and visitors together for guided and creative Collaborations.

In 2013, Majora Carter joined the Advisory Board member of the Bronx Academy of Software Engineering High School. After Co-Founding StartUp Box #SouthBronx [58] in 2012 as a social enterprise to seed various participation in the knowledge economy, she launched StartUp Box #QA [59] (Quality Assurance testing services) welke assisted in the launch of Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s Digital.NYC [60] in 2014. Majora-then took StartUp Box to victory at the national BlogHer Conference in 2015, winning the pitch contest with $ 250,000 worth of in-kind services from SheKnows Media. [61]

She is a “Silicon Alley 100, [62] re 2006 TEDTalk was one of 6 to launch therein Groundbreaking site. [63] Majora is a co-founder of the 700+ member Bronx Tech Meetup ,. [64] She served as a judge for the NYC Office of Digital Media’s “reinvent Payphones Design Challenge”. [65]

Awards and receptacles [66]

• 2016 MIT Inclusion Innovation Competition – Finalist • 2016 Digital Diversity Network – Innovation & Inclusion Awards Honoree • 2015 BlogHer 2015 – Winner: Pitch Contest for StartUp Box Quality Assurance B2B Social Enterprise • 2014 Augsburg College – Honorary PhD

  • 2013 Middlebury College CSE Vision Award [67]
  • 2013 Honorary PhD, Wesleyan University [68]
  • 2011 Peabody Award for The Promised Land [69]
  • 2011 COMMENCEMENT speaker at Knox College [70]
  • 2010 Star Award: International Interior Design Association (Iida) [71]
  • 2009 Fellow, Post Carbon Institute [72]
  • 2009 Honor Award : Visionary in Sustainability at the National Building Museum [73]
  • 2008 Named a “visionary” as one of Utne Reader magazine’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World.” [74]
  • 2008 Appointed to America’s Climate Choices: Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change: National Academy of Sciences [75]
  • 2008 Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement: The New York Post [76]
  • 2008 The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal: Eleanor Roosevelt Society [77]
  • 2008 Hollister Award: United Nations Temple of Understanding [78]
  • 2008 Paul Wellstone Award: Campaign for America’s Future [79]
  • 2007 Rachel Carson Award: National Audubon Society [80]
  • 2007 New York State Women of Excellence Award: Lt. Gov. David Paterson [81]
  • 2007 Honorary PhD: Mercy College [82]
  • 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service: NYU [83]
  • 2007 Lawrence Enersen Award: National Arbor Day Society [84]
  • 2005 Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation [5]
  • 2002 Union Square Award: Fund for the City of New York [85]



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