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April 8, 2013

April Inspire Speaker Series: Taking Action and Making Change for Sustainable Communities

by Melissa Harding

majora carter

Join us for an inspiring event as we talk about how to create healthy and high performing places where we live, work, learn and play to ensure quality of life for all.

Home(town) Security with Majora Carter
What are the factors of a dynamic neighborhood that appeal to everyone?  Do the costs of supporting those built environment aspects outweigh the benefits?  While the Department of Homeland Security looks at threats from abroad, Majora Carter argues for economic-diversity and quality of life as the surest pillars of a secure society.

Majora Carter is an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems. One of these includes Sustainable South Bronx, established in 2001 when many people were not talking about sustainability, especially in places like the South Bronx. In 2003, she started using the phrase “Greening the Ghetto” as she led one of the nation’s first urban green collar job training and placement programs. After establishing several local and national organizations to carry on that work, she built on this foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty.

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.

Majora embodies the American Dream. She has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach nationally and internationally.  Her philanthropic pursuits and business interests have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.

Follow her on twitter at @MajoraCarter and on facebook.com/majoracarter.

Local Leaders working for Healthy and Sustainable Communities
The event will feature inspiring stories from the Greater Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania communities of individuals, groups or neighborhoods that are working towards creating sustainable communities.

WHEN: Thursday, April 11th from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:  Carnegie Library Lecture Hall (in the Main Branch of Carnegie Library) in Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Registration Information:

Individual Prices
GBA Member Fee: $25.00
Member of Partner Organization Fee: $25.00
GBA Non-member Fee: $45.00
Student / EP Fee: $25.00

Group Prices
Group Registration Fee (GBA Member): $25.00
Group Registration Fee (Partner Member): $25.00
Group Registration Fee (Non-member): $45.00

>> Members of Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Grow Pittsburgh, GTECH Strategies, and the Tri-State Area School Study Council receive the member partner rate for registration. Choose the “Partner Member Registration.”

Students, teachers and community members are encouraged to attend! For scholarship information, please contact Jenna Cramer.
Dinner with Majora Carter: A Green Schools Academy Fundraiser.

Join us after the Inspire Speakers Series for an evening of networking with Majora Carter, local speakers, and attendees while enjoying a delicious dinner featuring healthy, local food at the Porch at Schenley! Learn more

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