The Planning committee is proud to announce the 2014 Keynote Speaker and Featured Speakers.
Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher/administrator who believes that students shouldn't have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one. 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 25,000 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. His students, traveling from Boston to Rockefeller Center to the Hamptons, earn living wage en route to graduation.
Stephen Ritz and his classroom have created the Green Bronx Machine, which was born of the belief that we are all AMER-I-CANS! Together, we can grow, re-use, resource and recycle our way into new and healthy ways of living; complete with self-sustaining local economic engines.