Majora Carter to Kick off Momentum 2011 Event Series March 10

Internationally renowned eco-entrepreneur and environmental-equality advocate chosen to launch a new event series by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment

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Contacts:
Todd Reubold, Institute on the Environment, reub0002@umn.edu, (612) 624-6140

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (1/12/2011) – Majora Carter, an internationally renowned leader in the field of smart-infrastructure and one of the nation’s pioneers of environment-centered urban renewal and green-collar job training and placement systems, will kick off the Institute on the Environment’s new Momentum 2011 event series Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis – part of an evening filled with presentations, conversation and entertainment.

Majora’s approach simultaneously takes on public health and poverty through climate change adaptation strategies. She founded the Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 to bring community-building jobs and a healthier environment to the neighborhood in which she grew up. Since 2008, as president of the Majora Carter Group LLC, she advises cities, foundations, universities, businesses and communities around the world on how they can unlock their local economic potential to benefit everyone.

Her game-changing work has earned numerous honors, including a place on the lists of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and Essence magazine’s 25 Most Influential African-Americans, a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, and the NY Post Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Among her many other activities, she serves on the board of the USGBC, The Wilderness Society, and CERES; and hosts her own public radio series “The Promised Land.”

Carter’s presentation will be accompanied by a performance by Twin Cities–based Ananya Dance Theatre. Named after a Bengali phrase meaning “like whom there is no other,” the troupe performs contemporary interpretations of Indian dance in a spirit of community building and social change, blending artistic dimensions of the Odissi classical dance form, yoga, martial arts, Indian ritual practices, and street theater.

The March 10 event is the first of three environment-themed evenings sponsored by the Institute on the Environment as part of its new Momentum 2011 series. The other two will be held April 26, featuring international health guru Hans Rosling, and May 12, with legendary oceanographer and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Sylvia Earle. For ticket information, contact the Northrop Box Office, 612-624-2345 or environment.umn.edu/momentum/eventseries.