Project Lead/Organization Name: Majora Carter, Sustainable South Bronx

When you think of environmental justice in New York, Majora Carter is a name that should come to mind. Since the 1990’s Carter has been working to revitalize and green the Bronx since her dogged pulled her into a lot full of trash and weeds, which happened to be on the banks of the Bronx River. She grew up in Hunts Point in the Bronx and after receiving her Masters from NYU returned there. This is when she began to restore her neighborhood in the Bronx.

In 2001 Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx, which is a nonprofit:

“to advocate for parks and green development in the South Bronx and to promote environmental justice in a neighborhood that has borne, and continues to bear, a heavy environmental burden for the rest of the city” (Sustainable South Bronx website).

Through this organization she not only continued her work of restoring green spaces in South Bronx, but she also employs youth and residents of the community as well as combats the environmental injustice the South Bronx faces, including air pollution.

Environmental injustice is an issue many cities and urban areas face. From air pollution from thousands of trucks carrying products through the South Bronx or West Oakland causing alarmingly high asthma rates in both areas, to lack of safe and beautiful green spaces in certain neighborhoods and communities in urban areas. Through the work of Sustainable South Bronx, they are continually developing and revitalizing their urban spaces. This greening gives the residents better air quality, nice green spaces to spend time and play in, and safe community spaces to gather in. Having these green spaces is a way to rejuvenate a community, create economic opportunities, and give residents ownership over the spaces they live in.

{In this TED talk you can hear Majora Carter reflecting on how she is aiming to green the ghetto and the state of urban renewal. In this inspirational talk, Carter speaks about how three people are saving their own communities through eco-entrepreneurship.}

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