Majora Carter to Deliver Sustainability Lecture

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Social entrepreneur and urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter will deliver this year's President's Sustainability Lecture on October 4.

The lecture will be held in the Union Ballroom from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and is free and open to the public. There is a book signing immediately following. 

Carter will be talking with SUNY Geneseo about "Reclaiming Your Community," which is also the title of her 2022 book, Reclaiming Your Community: You Don't Have to Move Out of Your Neighborhood to Live in a Better One.

Carter was born, raised, and continues to live in the South Bronx. She earned her bachelor of arts from Wesleyan University. She earned her master of fine arts from New York University. After establishing Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 and Green For All in 2007, among other organizations, she opened her private consulting firm in 2008. The consulting group was named Best for the World by B-Corp in 2014.

While at Sustainable South Bronx, Carter deployed MIT’s first ever Mobile Fab-Lab—a digital fabrication laboratory—to the South Bronx, where it served as an early iteration of the “maker-spaces” found elsewhere today. The project drew residents and visitors together for guided and creative collaborations.  

In addition, Carter launched StartUp Box, a groundbreaking tech social enterprise that provided entry-level tech jobs in the South Bronx. Carter has helped connect tech industry pioneers such as Etsy, Gust, FreshDirect, Google, and Cisco to diverse communities at all levels. 

Carter has garnered eight honorary doctorate degrees. She has received the Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement by News Corp, and other honors from the National Building Museum, International Interior Design Association, and the Center for American Progress.

She currently serves on the board of directors for STREB and Solar One and has served on the boards of the US Green Building Council, Ceres, The Wilderness Society, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation.


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