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Bronx Group Looks To Sustain 'Green' Future

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A Bronx organization is approaching the 10-year mark of what it calls "Greening the Ghetto." NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Students at Alfred E. Smith High School in the Bronx are building a new green roof, which they say will provide economic and environmental benefits. It's a project being headed up by the organization Sustainable South Bronx.

"Students get really excited especially when they start to think about what they can do to make a difference. Our organization really tries to make the opportunities for students -- both adults and youths to have an opportunity to make a difference," said Sustainable South Bronx Executive Director Miquela Craytor.

Sustainable South Bronx started making a difference back in 2001 when it was created by Majora Carter in Hunts Point. Carter has since moved on, but the group's goals remain. They fight for environmental justice around issues such as land use and pollution, and promote renewable sources of energy.

Over the years, Sustainable South Bronx has grown as they continue to green up the borough. But, they also create economic and educational opportunities for residents.

The group now offers environmental or green collar job training to dozens of adults and teens.

"So the guys there get trained for 17 weeks in construction, plumbing, one on one. They get trained in anything that is going to help them become auditors and know how to weatherize and retrofit homes," said Annette Williams of Sustainable South Bronx.

Meanwhile, students at Alfred E. Smith High say they too are becoming a bit greener.

"They came and showed us how to hook up a solar panel trying to make the battery run," said Alfred E. Smith High School student Antoinette Gray.

"So I stuck with the program and became involved with the green earth and how we can help our environmental more often," said Alfred E. Smith High School student Aaron Murdock.

For more information on Sustainable South Bronx, visit http://www.ssbx.org/.

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