Big ups to the Boogie Down Bronx!!!
I may have that saying wrong but I wanted to highlight the work of Marjora Carter and the good people at Sustainable South Bronx. The mission of SSB is to advance Environmental Justice through innovative, economically sustainable projects that are informed by the needs of the community.
I can’t really give justice to summarizing what they do but one of the projects they are working on includes South Bronx Greenway, a “community led plan for a bicycle/pedestrian greenway along the South Bronx waterfront.” The purpose of this is to increase open space and access to the water front. Another innovative project is Green Roofs, which as it sounds is “a layer of soil and foliage on top of a building.” Some of the benefits is temperature reduction, energy conversation, storm water management, and decreased costs due to less maintenance.
This sister has a Masters in Fine Arts. Now you may be thinking, “How does one make the transition from fine arts to environmental justice?” By following your passions and not allowing people to dictate your destiny. I saw this sister doing a special on PBS and she is truly inspiring, a true SuperSpade, and a young pioneer for environmental justice.