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Speakers Majora Carter: Activist for environmental justice

Majora Carter is dedicated to fighting "environmental racism" in her hometown of New York's South Bronx. She's working not just to hold back the polluters who target neighborhoods like hers, but to bring back the green.
Why you should listen to her:

Majora Carter is a visionary voice in city planning who views urban renewal through an environmental lens. The South Bronx native draws a direct connection between ecological, economic and social degradation. Hence her motto: "Green the ghetto!"

With her inspired ideas and fierce persistence, Carter managed to bring the South Bronx its first open-waterfront park in 60 years, Hunts Point Riverside Park. Then she scored $1.25 million in federal funds for a greenway along the South Bronx waterfront, bringing the neighborhood open space, pedestrian and bike paths, and space for mixed-use economic development.

Her success is no surprise to anyone who’s seen her speak; Carter's confidence, energy and intensely emotional delivery make her talks themselves a force of nature. (The release of her TEDTalk in 2006 prompted Guy Kawasaki to wonder on his blog whether she wasn't "every bit as good as [Apple CEO] Steve Jobs," a legendary presenter.)

Carter, who was awarded a 2005 MacArthur "genius" grant, now serves as executive director of Sustainable South Bronx, where she pushes both for eco-friendly practices (such as green and cool roofs) and, equally important, job training and green-related economic development for her vibrant neighborhood on the rise.

"We could not fail to be inspired by Majora Carter's efforts to bring green space for exercise to the South Bronx. We need more ideas like these to bring solutions to minority communities."

--Time

BRONX RIVER ALLIANCE EDUCATION COORDINATOR

The Alliance’s Education Program promotes the use of the watershed as an outdoor classroom, helps schools and community groups incorporate the watershed into their programs, and creates opportunities for the public to understand and appreciate the Bronx River.

For more information about the Education Coordinator position and to submit your cover letter and resume for consideration, please contact Anne-Marie Runfola at anne-marie.runfola@parks.nyc.gov or watch for a posting on our website, www.bronxriver.org.

GREENAPPLE CORPS

The GreenApple Corps program of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation is seeking Corps members. Candidates should be interested in improving the City’s natural environment and willing to make a nine-month commitment of public service with the GreenApple Corps. Corps members work with the NYC DPR Natural Resources Group, Central Forestry and Horticulture Division, the Urban Park Rangers, and Maintenance and Operations Division to conduct ecological restoration, urban forestry, and environmental education projects aimed at improving the city through environmental initiatives and increased community awareness.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to: Brain Aucion, Director, GreenApple Corps, 1234 5th Avenue, Room 200, New York, NY 10029 or via email to greenapple@parks.nyc.gov.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR
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September 27
Soundview Park Redevelopment Public Scoping Meeting :: 6:30—8:30pm :: Harding Park Environmental Center (Gildersleeve and Bolton Avenues)
This public scoping meeting will provide an opportunity for community input on how newly appropriated funding will be spent to redevelop Soundview Park.

September 27
Harvest Moon Gala :: 6:30—9:30 p.m. :: Bronx Museum of the Arts
The BRAC Gala Cocktail party will feature a full bar, live Jazz and Latin music, and great hors d'oeurves. For more information and to make a reservation, please visit www.bronxriverart.org or call (718) 589-5819.

October 1
City of Water Film Screening :: 7pm :: Rocking the Boat (next to Hunts Point Riverside Park)
City of Water is a new short documentary, produced by the Municipal Art Society and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, about the future of the New York City Waterfront.

October 3
Lunch & Learn Bronx River Talk :: 12:30—3:30pm :: Location TBA
Please bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, please contact Teresa Crimmens, teresa.crimmens@parks.nyc.gov.

October 6
Become a Bronx River Steward :: 8am—4pm :: Space is limited
Become a volunteer Bronx River Steward! Please contact Anne-Marie Runfola, Bronx River Education Coordinator, at anne-marie.runfola@parks.nyc.gov or 718.430.1846 to find out more.

October 18
East Coast Greenway Alliance New York State Summit :: 3—7pm :: Lehman College
The East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) New York State Committee will hold its first annual summit this fall. For more information about the East Coast Greenway, please visit www.greenway.org.

October 20 and 21
Van Cortlandt Craft Festival Weekend :: 10am—4 pm :: Van Cortlandt House Grounds
The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have joined with the Van Cortlandt House Museum to host a Craft Festival Weekend event in October. The Friends are currently seeking craft vendors and volunteers for this event. If you are interested in either, please contact Christina at (718) 601-1460 or fvcpeducation@hotmail.com.

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