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Eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter to speak at UNI's first regional sustainability conference

March 29, 2013
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Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator, Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, 319-273-3689, jennifer.bruss@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Majora Carter redefined the field of environmental equality, starting in the South Bronx. Now she's leading the local economic development movement across the U.S. Carter is a keynote speaker for the University of Northern Iowa's Sustainability Dialogue and Action Conference, scheduled for April 12 and 13. She will present "Home(town) Security" at 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Great Hall.

Carter is an urban revitalization strategist and public radio host from the South Bronx area of New York City. She founded the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx in 2001. She hosts the public radio series The Promise Land, which received a Peabody Award in 2010. Carter also has a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur Fellowship.

"Environmental justice means that no community should be saddled with more environmental burdens and less environmental benefits than any other," said Carter during a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) presentation.

The Sustainability Dialogue and Action conference is a two-day conference focused on actions needed to envision a sustainable world and the transformation needed to create it. It will include keynote speakers, a variety of breakout sessions on various sustainability topics, poster sessions and tours.

Carter's presentation is free and open to the public. The conference is open to the public, but preregistration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.uni.edu/rrttc or contact Jenny Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator for UNI's Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, at 319-273-3689 or jennifer.bruss@uni.edu.