eRoads: The Campaign of One Man
Carter C. C. Collins, a Roxbury, Massachusetts-born, street-educated professional musician, passionately nurtures several interests. Presently, he devotes much of his time and resources toward eRoads, a campaign that promotes energy sustainability through the application of solar PV and other renewable technologies to our local highways, railways, and other large-scale infrastructure. Often, his initiatives also include stormwater harvesting. Rate payers will benefit from their access to clean, safe, low-cost energy and rainwater solutions.
Born into a 1940s Boston ghetto, Carter Collins suffered the terror of a violent home, the loneliness of early childhood abandonment, and the insane cycle of minority foster care. Emotional turmoil, abject poverty, partial blindness, and the intense racism of the era all conspired to compromise Carter’s formal education. Fiercely clinging to his love of the arts, he refused to allow these obstacles to extinguish his spirit.
By age 23, on a foundation of talent, determination, and very good “luck,” Carter began to earn the respect of some of the greatest artists in American contemporary music. As a percussionist, he was blessed with dream-come-true opportunities to tour and/or record with the likes of Lalo Schifrin, Richie Havens, Janis Ian, Tower of Power, Leonard Cohen, and Stevie Wonder, as well as the late Tim Buckley, Laura Nyro, and Kenny Rankin.
In addition to his eRoads campaign, Carter is also working to establish a new world prize entitled The Ascent. This annual philanthropic awards program and celebration will acknowledge those humanitarians, peacebuilders, and environmentalists deemed deserving of global recognition. Created entirely online, the prize is designed to motivate the world’s young people, in particular, to inspired action.
Carter serves his local community as a board member for Call of the Sea. This California-based nonprofit is dedicated to encouraging sailing among young people, connecting them to the sea through hands-on, shipboard experience and training.
Now totally blind and working from home, Carter draws inspiration from the courage of President Nelson Mandela, the compassion of Oprah Winfrey, and the acumen of President Barack Obama.