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Sustainability Ambassadors


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Health, Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States



Environmental Management Specialist

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  • This article includes the core aspects of being an environmental management specialist and an interview with someone in that role.
  • Students will learn that an environmental management specialist may work with engineers to manage stormwater pollution, they must have communication skills and the ability to build relationships, and that internships are a great way to gain industry knowledge.
Teaching Tips


  • Most of the information in this article comes from a senior environmental management specialist with a master's degree in Environmental Engineering.
  • The management specialist in this article has an intriguing and inspiring life story.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be helpful if students already understand the environment's impact on human health and how pollution can impact drinking water.
  • It may benefit students to know the median income in America so they can put the salary estimates in a proper context.


  • Students can read this article at home to prepare for an in-class discussion on water quality disparity in America, why it exists, and the water quality in their community.
  • This article pairs well with a lesson about stormwater pollution and water quality maintenance.
  • This article can augment a classroom discussion on green infrastructure, its importance, and its growing popularity.
  • Students can research local opportunities for education, internships, and jobs on the career path to environmental management.
Scientist Notes
The resource has no specific science to review but highlights information on green careers and skills.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
      • D3.1.9-12 Gather relevant information from multiple sources representing a wide range of views while using the origin, authority, structure, context, and corroborative value of the sources to guide the selection.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.6 Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.
  • National Health Education Standards
    • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
      • 1.12.3 Analyze how environment and personal health are interrelated.
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