Majora Carter: Greener Neighborhoods, Sustainable Jobs

Green activist Majora Carter made her name tackling joblessness in the South Bronx through daring green building programs. Now she's taking her ambitions international

Urban crime, poverty, and joblessness are surprisingly intertwined with environmental degradation. The challenges they share are widespread—and stubborn. Yet in the U.S., public authorities and nonprofit agencies typically tackle each malady separately, and with only limited success. More police might help dampen crime, but that doesn't help solve unemployment. And boosting welfare payments for the jobless cannot do much to fix pollution hot spots. Majora Carter decided to tackle all of these challenges at once.

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