Majora Carter

Majora Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx, in 2001 - when very few people 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 New Yorkers, and served as a model for the nation.

Majora's 2006 TEDtalk was one of the very first 6 presentations to launch that 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 New York Times described her as "The Green Power Broker", and the Ashoka Foundation's recently dubbed Majora "The Prophet of Local." Majora is the host of the public radio series The Promised Land, and has earned a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur "genius" fellowship.


Majora Carter appears in the following:

Generation Women: My Digital Revolution

Monday, February 05, 2018

Vera Papisova, Kathy Tu, Sara Shepard, Majora Carter, Chirlane McCray, and Carol Prisant join us for the cross-generational storytelling salon, hosted by Georgia Clark. 


50 Years After the March on Washington, A Look At Dreams for the Next 50 Years

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

On this 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we turn an eye toward the future of the civil rights movement and the dreams of this generation of activists.

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Energy Experts Skeptical of Cancún Climate Talks

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The U.N.’s climate talks in Cancún moved into their second week on Monday. The agenda is dominated by future cuts in carbon emissions and keeping countries honest about their actions to control global warming. Expectations, however, remain low following last year’s talks in Copenhagen, which resulted in no binding agreement to manage the world's carbon emissions.

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Majora Carter on Grassroots Climate Initiatives

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Majora Carter is host of American Public Media show "The Promised Land," and an environmental strategist for the Majora Carter Group. As leaders gather in Cancún to tackle the big picture of climate change, Carter is advocating for "protecting what we still have." She's concentrating on grassroots movements on the ground that have the potential to create jobs and protect the environment, and preparing for climate change in a pragmatic ways. 

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Looking Ahead in Civil Rights Activism

Monday, January 18, 2010

This weekend WNYC hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.  Our own Celeste Headlee co-hosted the event, which included prominent educators, politicians and activists. 

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2010: Generations Speak

Monday, January 18, 2010

Two generations have come of age since Dr. King's assassination in 1968. A distinguished multi-generational panel discusses the powerful impact of his life.

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MLK: Generations Speak

Monday, January 18, 2010

On this Martin Luther King Day, highlights from yesterday’s event at the Brooklyn Museum featuring Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Majora Carter, Eddie Glaude, Major Owens, and Patricia J. Williams. Plus, Pras Michel of the Fugees on the earthquake aftermath.

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Green Collar Jobs

Friday, July 04, 2008

Majora Carter, founder and executive director of Sustainable South Bronx, and Van Jones, founder and president of Green For All, talk about environmental justice, their activist heroes, and building an inclusive--and green--economy.

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Doctoroff Legacy

Friday, December 07, 2007

Majora Carter, executive director of Sustainable South Bronx, and Mitchell Moss professor of Urban Planning and Policy at NYU, weigh in on Doctoroff's impact on the five boroughs.

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