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12 African Americans who are greening the nation

Majora Carter

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Majora Carter

Carter has been described as a visionary in environmental urban renewal and is known for her motto, “Green the ghetto!” Carter helped bring the South Bronx its first open-waterfront park in 60 years and won a $1.25 million grant to create the South Bronx Greenway. Thanks to her efforts, Bronx residents can now enjoy open greenspace with river access and bike and pedestrian paths. Carter served as the executive director of Sustainable South Bronx for seven years where she encouraged green economic development, green job training and community education on fitness, food and air quality. Today, Carter is the president of her own consulting organization, the Majora Carter Group, where she advises companies and community groups on resolving environmental problems.