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Stephen Ritz, South Bronx Educator/Administrator at TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” Tomorrow!

on January 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm under

As I told you about last week when I introduced the “Greenroofs & Walls for Educational & Social Equity in the Bronx” video from our inaugural  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit featuring New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Robert Bieder, Jon Beuttler, Jess Dannhauser, Javier Lopez and Steve Ritz, Steve has the honor of speaking tomorrow at TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”  at the Times Center in New York City.

I’m sure you’re all aware of the awesome speakers highlighted at the inspirational organization, TED!

“TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.” ~ TED

TEDx is an independently organized event and licensed by TED.  The TED Conference provides general guidance for  the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized:

“In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.” ~ TEDx

In February of 2011, over 14,000 computers tuned in from locations all over the globe to watch the live simulcast of the first TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat.” Tomorrow, Saturday, January 21, 2012, the second TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” will explore the issues, the impacts and the innovations happening as we shift to a more sustainable way of eating and farming and help to create connections and unite different areas of the food movement.

The cool thing about this is that although it is a live, local event held in Manhattan, anyone with access to a computer can watch the webcast live at from 10:30am – 5:15pm EST tomorrow, Saturday January 21st.

There’s a world-class line-up of speakers that is sure to inspire you (for a complete list, see here),  including:

“¢ Laurie David (Host), Environmental Activist, Producer, Author
“¢ Fred Kirschenmann, Farmer, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in NY
“¢ Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President, the James Beard Foundation, cookbook author and food journalist
“¢ Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch
“¢ Gary Oppenheimer, Founder/Executive Director of, CNN Hero, Master Gardener,  Huffington Post 2011 Game Changer, winner of the 2011 Glynwood Wave of the Future Harvest Award
“¢ Dr. Robert S. Lawrence, Center for a Livable Future/Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
“¢ Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States
“¢ Dr. David Wallinga, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
“¢ Urvashi Rangan, Consumer Reports
“¢ and our extremely hardworking and passionate friend, Stephen Ritz, Educator/Administrator in the South Bronx.


Bronx teacher and administrator Stephen Ritz will be presenting the 245 slide BRONX based presentation entitled:  “Green Bronx Machine:  Growing Our Way Into A New Economy will focus on NYC DOE school children and THE GLORY AND BOUNTY OF BRONX COUNTY!!!”

This award winning program was recently cited in the December 2011 Issue of Principal Leadership: National Association of Secondary School Principals as one of five national exemplars of service learning, and continues to move the most disenfranchised and marginalized students from the poorest Congressional District in America into living wage career opportunities while harvesting minds and cultivating hope across the Bronx and NYC.

Once again, read about some of Steve’s outstanding work in our Sky Gardens blog post of January, 2011 by Caroline Menetre.

This sounds like a great opportunity for people around the world to connect online with each other (sounds like the mission of our  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit!) about the sustainable food movement, which we know of course includes the amazing applications for growing food on rooftops and walls!  While the talks revolve around the speakers in NYC,  I’m sure we’ll all take away a great deal of information that we can apply to our own communities.

Happy greening in NYC and around the world!

~ Linda V.



4 replies to "Stephen Ritz, South Bronx Educator/Administrator at TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” Tomorrow!"

  • I saw somewhere, can;t remember where, that “Changing the way we Eat” would be sreened foprm 10:30 to 2:30 at the Ecology Center in Berkeley…Does anyone have any deatails on this..can’t find anything and it should be tomorrow…thanks
    Sudia Paloma

  • […] educator Steve Ritz – we’ve written about him several times already when he spoke at TEDxManhattan last January with “Changing the Way We Eat” where there’s a link to the TED talk) at the Times Center in New York City and Caroline […]

  • Stephen, truly inspiring and life changing work you’re doing over there. I’m looking forward to following your progress.

  • Inspirational! I just started a program based on experiential learning at Bloomfield College (NJ) with students from backgrounds a lot like the students in your video and would love my students to visit your students and the project at Discovery high school and/or around the city. Would something like this be possible?

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