Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr Testimonial

“Through Steve Ritz, we’re telling a new Bronx story!”

– Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr.


Stephen’s program is sustainable because he has brought in all the stakeholders, (teachers, parents, administrators, and students) and uses state accredited curriculum. By using food and plant life cycles to teach other subjects he incorporates health, wellbeing, and the environment around them with positive steps to academic success. One big take away when observing children interacting in this program is that it is not at all about the instructors, it is about the children, creating their own environment and solutions. It is creating this sense of wonder for children to explore and discover. It encourages discovery and critical thinking – skills that can be used in any aspect of life.

– Dr. Katie Wilson, USDA, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services


“Stephen Ritz personifies inspiration. In the face of adversity most people wilt – not Stephen – he turned despair into opportunity and introduced a school and a community to possibility. His words of motivation translate well beyond the South Bronx children he has thought for three decades. He is a spokesperson for the how purposeful agenda can transform any organization and solve any problem.”

– Mitch Roschelle, Partner and Practice Leader PwC, Trustee PwC Charitable Foundation


“Thank you! The feedback we received from our people was fantastic! You were super inspiring and we’re very much looking forward to our next event together.”

– Boston Scientific


“I know, for one, that your presentation to our Clinton Foundation staff energized us to dream bigger. We thank you for taking the time to do so.”

– CEO, Clinton Climate Initiative


“Stephen Ritz is the most inspiring and enthusiastic speaker on issues of food, sustainability, and education I have ever seen. He has the ability to take an audience on his journey to save the world through his little corner of the Bronx. The most impressive thing about hearing him speak is that he not only tells us where he’s been, he also invites us to get involved to transforming the world through local food and education activism. Si se puede!”

– Bob Brinkmann PhD., Professor and Director of Sustainability Studies, Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability, Director of Sustainability Research, National Center for Suburban Studies, Hofstra University


“Your presentation was a big success! Lots of people sent us positive comments on the entire event, but your presentation drew particular attention.”

– International Institute for Learning, Inc


“The hyperkinetic, self-described ‘world’s oldest sixth grader,’ Ritz only has one speed: warp”

– Fast Company


“You appeared in over 20% of the responses to the question ‘What was the highlight of the event for you?‘ No other speaker came even close to that rate!”

  • “The energy and passion that Stephen Ritz displayed outshone everyone else. He was amazing and his cause seems great.”
  • “Stephen Ritz was just amazing. Thanks for including him. We should all be as passionate about our work!”
  • “Green Bronx Machine was amazing!! I generally really enjoy the One Great Idea segments the most.”
  • “Stephen Ritz was amazing! We need more presenters like him who are energized, enthusiastic and passionate about their topic.”
  • “Stephen was excellent. He hit a homerun using his his passion and love for craft he has chosen.”
  • “You are such a rock star. Hundreds of people from GreenBiz Forum have been talking about you this week, and glowingly. Thank you for inspiring them.”

    – Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz

– Ellie Buechner, Conference Manager, GreenBiz


“Things went fabulous. We continue to hear from conference attendees saying how much they were inspired by Stephen.”

– West Virginia University