Green Festival Speakers
Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes they have never imagined while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx, Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown over 30,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance. His Bronx classroom features the first indoor edible wall in NYC DOE which routinely generates enough produce to feed 450 students healthy meals and trains the youngest nationally certified workforce in America. Recently dubbed the Pied Piper of Peas, Stephen has just launched Green Bronx Machine to a national audience and has signed on over 6,000 local followers in several months: www.facebook.com/green.BX.machine. His January 2012 TEDxTALK trended Twitter nationally and received a standing ovation:http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_ritz_a_teacher_growing_green_in_the_south_bronx.html. Stephen was just announced as a National Green Apple Education Ambassador for the US Green Building Council.