While the term “green-collar jobs” gains more press and pundits daily, very few people have actually marshaled the resources to get unemployed Americans trained and placed on pathways out of poverty in this growing economic sector. Majora Carter has. Born, raised, and continuing to live in the South Bronx, her work takes her around the world in pursuit of resources and ideas to improve the quality of life in environmentally challenged communities. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 and by 2003 had implemented the highly successful Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) program—a pioneering green-collar job training and placement system—seeding communities with a skilled workforce that has both a personal & economic stake in their urban environment. She is currently president of the green-collar economic consulting firm, Majora Carter Group, LLC. Her vision, drive, and tenacity earned a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Newsweek named her one of “25 To Watch” in 2007, and one of the “century’s most important environmentalists” in 2008. Carter is a board member of the Wilderness Society, SJF, and CERES. She hosts a special national public radio series, “The Promised Land,” on the Sundance Channel. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.
Reduced-rate parking for the event is available in the Irving Avenue parking garage.