Penn State
PSIEE home
RSS Twitter Facebook

News and Events

2013 Colloquium on the Environment

Majora CarterMajora Carter, urban revitalization strategist, green jobs pioneer, and Macarthur “Genius” Award winner, will speak on Monday April 22, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the Thomas Building on Penn State's University Park campus. Her talk, titled "Home (town) Security," will be held as part of the ninth annual Colloquium on the Environment speaker series. Event is free and open to the public.

A reception will be held immediately following her lecture on the Willaman Gateway, the bridge spanning the pedestrian mall section of Shortlidge Road connecting the Chemistry and Life Sciences buildings.

Watch talk live (streaming media)

Focus of Talk

Carter, a south Bronx native, sees the connection between our growing urban populations and how they experience our environment — built and natural — 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.

Majora Carter Short Biolgraphy

She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 — 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.

Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.  Her 2006 TED talk was one of the first 6 videos to launch their groundbreaking website.

Carter also produces and hosts the Peabody Award-winning public-radio series "The Promised Land," and serves on the boards of the U.S. Green Building Council, and The Wilderness Society.

A gifted sustainability speaker, Majora Carter's confidence, energy and intensely emotional delivery make her talks themselves a force of nature.

Follow her on twitter at @MajoraCarter and on

Learn more about Majora Carter


Paul Ruskin

In this section:

Popular Links

Related Items

More News Sources

Videos and Podcasts

More Calendars