Majora Carter to Speak at Conway Graduation

posted Apr 28, 2011, 2:11 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 1, 2011, 3:01 AM ]
Eco-entrepreneur, Majora Carter, will be the keynote speaker at Conway's 39th graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 25, 2011. 

In recognition of her outstanding achievements in the field, the Board of Trustees of the Conway School of Landscape Design has voted to award Ms. Carter an Honorary Degree in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design, to be presented during the ceremony.

Majora Carter was born, raised, and continues to live in the South Bronx. Her career has taken 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 after writing a $1.25M Federal Transportation grant to design the South Bronx Greenway with 11 miles of bike and pedestrian paths connecting the rivers and neighborhoods to each other, and to the rest of the city. That project secured over $20 million in funds for first phase construction and serves as alternative transportation, economic development anchor, storm water management infrastructure as well as healthy recreation.

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 (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!

She currently runs her own consulting firm (Majora Carter Group, LLC),  hosts the Peabody Award Winning special public radio series: “The Promised Land” (thepromisedland.org), and serves on the boards of The Wilderness Society and the US Green Building Council.  

Her work includes advising cities, foundations, universities, businesses, and communities around the world on unlocking their local economic potential.

Her work has earned numerous honors including Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People In Business, a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, Essence Magazine’s 25 Most Influential African-Americans, and NY Post Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement.


Read and listen to more about Majora Carter on Ted Talks.
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