Environmental Activist Majora Carter to present Luther Distinguished Lecture

Recipient of a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award. One of eight colleges across the country to receive an "A" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

Jan. 7, 2009

Majora Carter, environmental activist and founder and director of the Sustainable South Bronx organization, will present the Luther College Distinguished Lecture for spring semester on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. in the Main Hall of the Luther Center for Faith and Life.

Carter’s lecture, “Greening Our Cities: Health and Environmental Justice in the South Bronx,” is open to the public with no charge for admission. A reception with the speaker will immediately follow the lecture.

Majora Carter was born, raised and lives in the South Bronx, a region of the New York City borough of the Bronx and one of the poorest urban areas in the country. In 2001, Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx after writing a proposal for a $1.25 million Federal Transportation grant to design the South Bronx Greenway.

The Greenway provides 11 miles of bike and pedestrian paths connecting the South Bronx rivers and neighborhoods to each other and to the rest of the city. The project secured more than $20 million in funds for first phase construction and serves as model for urban alternative transportation, economic development, storm water management infrastructure and healthy recreation.

Carter’s career has taken her around the world in pursuit of resources and ideas to improve the quality of life in environmentally challenged communities. She 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 program -- a pioneering green-collar job training and placement system -- seeding a community with a skilled workforce that has both a personal and economic stake in their urban environment.

Her accomplishments grow from her belief that self-image is influenced by surroundings, and so those surroundings should be beautiful.

Carter is regarded as one of the nation’s pioneers in successful green-collar job training and placement systems. She is president of the Majora Carter Group, LLC, a board member of the Wilderness Society, and recording a special national public radio series called “The Promised Land” for 2009 release.

Her work now includes advising cities, foundations, universities, businesses, and communities around the world on unlocking their green-collar economic potential to benefit everyone.

A frequent speaker on environmental issues, Carter addresses public health, poverty alleviation, and climate change. Her work has been noted in numerous books; celebrated with awards from the National Audubon Society, the EPA, the NRDC, the Weather Channel and many others.

Carter’s vision, drive, and tenacity earned her a MacArthur "Genius" Grant. In 2007 she was named one of Newsweek magazine’s “25 To Watch” and one of Essence Magazine’s “25 Most Influential African Americans.” She has been named one of the “50 most influential women in NYC” by the NY Post for the past two years, and "NYC's most influential environmentalist" by the BBC World Service.

The Luther College Distinguished Lecture is presented by the Campus Programming Office and is a collaborative project of the Luther Center for Ethics and Public Life, Paideia Text and Issues Series, Jones Professorship, and the Campus Programming.

More information is available at web site http://www.majoracartergroup.com/.