Majora Carter | Making the Transition: Leveraging citizen engagement for green revitalization

Majora Carter

Majora Carter specializes in getting the most out of one our most abundant sources of renewable energy– people.

On Monday, November 16, 2015, Majora gave Edmonton a powerful message: how cleaner, greener infrastructure, an engaged market and community engagement can sustainably revitalize cities. Climate change and environmental factors are looming challenges, but engaged citizens and market-based tools for accelerating change can kickstart the transition to creating sustainable communities.

Her visionary projects and pioneering consulting firm have motivated corporations, academic institutions, governments, and communities across North America to build the future we need to succeed and thrive, starting now.

Making the Transition: Leveraging Citizen Engagement for Green Revitalization

7 to 9 p.m.

1-430 Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, University of Alberta

Also speaking at Edmonton’s Community Energy Forum

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shaw Conference Centre

Attendees brought donations to support the Campus Food Bank and Green Grants. Non-perishable food, toiletries and monetary donations accepted. One lucky donor won a $50 gift card to Carbon Environmental Boutique.

About Majora Carter

Carter founded and led Sustainable South Bronx, from 2001 to 2008, when few were talking about sustainability– and even fewer in places like the South Bronx. By 2003, Carter coined the phrase Green the Ghetto as she pioneered one of the first urban green-collar job training and placement systems in the United States of America’s, and spearheaded legislation that fueled demand for those jobs. Her 2006 TEDtalk was one of six presentations to launch that groundbreaking website.

Since 2008, Carter’s consulting company has exported climate adaptation, urban revitalization, and leadership development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities, and economically underperforming communities.

About the organizers

Co-hosted by the University of Alberta's Office of Sustainability, the City of Edmonton's The Way We Green Speaker Series and Edmonton's Community Energy Forum.

The University of Alberta Office of Sustainability's Sustainability Speaker Series gives people the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas, promote understanding about the diversity of topics involved in sustainability and expand the dialogue on campus sustainability.

The Way We Green is Edmonton's award-winning environmental strategic plan. Watch video recordings of inspiring speakers going back to 2010 on The Way We Green Speaker Series website.

Edmonton's Community Energy Forum is a one-day forum that will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 to discuss issues of energy transition, climate change and building a sustainable future. This event will give residents an opportunity to understand the impacts of climate change while focusing on local solutions.

Partners: University of Alberta, Office of Sustainability, City of Edmonton, Edmonton's Community Energy Forum

Early Bird Registrants were entered into a draw for a VIP local dinner with Majora Carter at the High Level Diner.

Edmonton’s Community Energy Forum

Majora Carter and Mayor Don Iveson gave opening addresses to a gathering of leaders in renewable energy, sustainable buildings, active transportation and community initiatives.

Learn more about the ECEF at

More information

Kayleigh Wiebe, Project Planner - Student Engagement

Media Inquiries

Office of Sustainability