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Majora Carter to Speak at April 10 Common Hour

Story posted April 07, 2009

Majora Carter.

Majora Carter, environmental justice advocate, will speak at Common Hour at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2009, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.

Carter's talk, "Green Jobs and the Green Economy," is sponsored by the President's Climate Commitment Advisory Committee and is part of Climate Days 2009.

Common Hour is open to all Bowdoin students, faculty and staff. Events are held every other Friday of the term at 12:30 p.m. Class and meeting schedules are altered so that students, faculty, and staff may attend.

Tickets are required, and are available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk on campus. Bowdoin ID required.

After Carter's talk, President Barry Mills will discuss Bowdoin College's new Environmental Mission Statement and announce the Climate Matters contest winners. The top five selections will be on display at the reception that follows Common Hour.

The reception will showcase local Maine foods and include displays by the winners of the Climate Matters contest. Students interested in "Green Jobs and the Green Economy" will have the opportunity to further discuss these topics with Majora Carter.

While the term "green-collar jobs" gains more press and pundits daily, very few people have actually marshaled the resources to get unemployed Americans trained and placed on pathways out of poverty in this growing economic sector. Majora Carter has.

Born, raised, and continuing to live in the South Bronx, her work takes her around the world in pursuit of resources and ideas to improve the quality of life in environmentally challenged communities. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 and by 2003 had implemented the highly successful Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) program — a pioneering green-collar job training and placement system — seeding communities with a skilled workforce that has both a personal and economic stake in their urban environment. She is currently president of the green-collar economic consulting firm the Majora Carter Group, LLC.

Her vision, drive, and tenacity earned her a MacArthur "Genius" Grant. She started 2007 as one of Newsweek's "25 To Watch," and ended the year as one of Essence magazine's "25 most Influential African Americans." She was named one of the "50 most influential women in NYC" by the New York Post for the past two years, and "NYC's most influential environmentalist" by the BBC World Service. She is a board member of the Widerness Society, and is recording a special national public radio series called The Promised Land for 2009 release.

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