PERC Member Event: Majora Carter Talk

  • 22 Apr 2013
  • 5:30 PM
  • Penn State University Park campus, 100 Thomas Building

Majora Carter
, urban revitalization strategist, green jobs pioneer, and Macarthur “Genius” Award winner, will speak on the University Park campus as part of the 9th annual Colloquium on the Environment speaker series. Her talk "Home(town) Security" is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building.

Carter, a south Bronx native, sees the connection between our growing urban populations and how they experience our environment undefined built and natural undefined starting in the same types of low-income urban neighborhoods where she was raised and continues to live and work. As opposed to "Homeland Security," which focuses attention on statistically insignificant threats from abroad, Carter's theory of Home (town) Security starts by looking inward at how we strengthen the fabric of all our communities, and where we can grow from there.

She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 undefined 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 and 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.

Since 2008, her consulting company, the Majora Carter Group, has been exporting climate adaptation, urban micro-agribusiness, and leadership development strategies for business, state and local governments, federal agencies, foundations, universities, and economically underperforming communities.

For more information see http://www.psiee.psu.edu/news/colloquium/carter.asp online.

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