Majora Carter Group's timeline
Created by majoracartergroup on Sep 30, 2009
Last updated: 05/03/10 at 10:13 AM
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The Majora Carter Group begins by consulting with the Make it Right foundation to build a green collar jobs program in the 9th ward, further aiding the rebuilding, resurgence and recreation of the culturally iconic neighborhood in New Orleans.
During the Oscars, this commercial for True North Snacks profiled Majora's work in the South Bronx as an urban revival expert and environmental justice activist
Majora leaves SSBx leadership to a new board and new generation of leadership and forms the Majora Carter Group, LLC - a green economy based consulting firm.
Majora travels on Aspen Institute/National Geographic Arctic cruise for one week with President Jimmy Carter and other leaders in sustainability.
Local Law 5 passes NYC Council and Mayor signs into law. Later that year, NYCity and NYState pass a $4.50 per square foot property tax abatement up to $100,000 for approved green roofs. 2 big victories on the policy side.
"Yeah, it was hard for people to wrap their minds around this. Hunts Point as a place people wanted to be, but now folks have looked at it as something that needs to be protected and preserved and a place we can really enjoy and just love," ....
The project will be built in phases, the first of which will be four small projects that will cost the city $30 million.
“Unlike many folks from this neighborhood who get an education and leave - and I was one of those people for a while - I actually came back,” she says. “And I see my coming back as the reason why I was put in this situation.”
Majora receives MacArthur "genius" Fellowship. The Foundation calls her: Urban Revitalization Strategist.
SSBx Policy department takes a leadership role in assembling charter members of SWIM (Storm Water Infrastructure Matters). Their long term goal is to make all NYC waterways swimmable. In the short term, they worked to achieve it through legislation that would influence how both government and the marketplace value green infrastructure.
SSBx opens NYC's first Green and Cool Roof Demonstration - 3000 sq ft atop historic American Banknote Building in the South Bronx. This serves as training grounds for future green roof installation and maintenance engineers, as well as a test bed for different species of plants and soil depths. This project provided an excellent communications and learning tool for people who later become leaders in green small business development across the City and region.
After cleaning up the area, the Hunt Point Riverside Park began to take its initial shape as greenspace in the neighborhood.
Click on the link to see a 360 view of the beginning stage of Hunts Point Riverside Park
Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) program begins with 6 students. This is one of the nation's first urban green-jobs training and placement systems.
EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman meets Majora at her SSBx office as part of a tour of federally-funded energy-efficiency retro-fit projects. (in this case, truck bay electrification to reduce diesel idling)
Majora founds Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) to bring projects with pro-economic and environmental effects to local residents.
While out jogging, Majora's dog Xena drags her into an illegal garbage dump area that leads to the Bronx river. Inspired, she writes $10k seed grant from to develop plan.
While working for a local cultural-based non-profit, The Point, Majora writes a successful $1.25M Federal Transportation CMAQ grant to plan the South Bronx Greenway - this is the largest infusion of planning dollars for a pro-community/health project in the history of the South Bronx
Majora becomes active in opposing Giulianni plan to site the majority of NYC waste handling in her community