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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT Talk by South Bronx Leader To Focus on Sustainability of Newark

Miquela Craytor, executive director of Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), will speak Oct. 1, 2008, at NJIT about how green technology can meet the growing climate crisis and also benefit the nation’s distressed urban centers. Craytor, whose talk is part of NJIT’s Technology and Society Forum, will speak at the NJIT Campus Center from 3-4:30 p.m. The public is invited to the free event.

Craytor believes that certain neglected communities, such as the South Bronx, New Orleans and Newark, have long been overburdened by environmental and economic disparity. These communities will suffer the most from the impact of climate change. Poverty, unemployment, health disparities and environmental burdens will be exacerbated if solutions to our climate crisis are not identified and implemented.

Craytor will discuss how green “environmental justice solutions” are necessary to change this dire scenario, and how the process must start within communities with the greatest need. She will share insights into projects where green fabrication, green roofs, and green-collar job training provide alternatives to the current polluting economy. These green technologies offer hope, not only for addressing our climate crisis, but also for eradicating poverty. 

Sustainable South Bronx promotes environmental justice solutions through innovative, economically sustainable projects informed by community need. Craytor joined SSBx in 2006 and has overseen initiatives to increase the organization’s effectiveness within the community.

Previously, Craytor was senior planner for economic development at the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, consultants to the office of Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr.  Craytor, who holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning and a bachelor’s degree in planning and public policy and management, was the first to work in this position. The post was created in response to the growing importance of long-term sustainability concerns in the borough’s economic development projects.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.