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The Nature Conservancy


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics, Health

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York

New York Voters Pass the Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Bond Act

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  • This brief article examines a comprehensive environmental law in New York State and the stakeholders that played a role in passing this law.
  • Students will learn that this law will facilitate various measures to improve the New York environment and that New Yorkers who vary in political and geographical backgrounds support it.
Teaching Tips


  • This article is concise, easy to understand, and inspiring.
  • Students will benefit from seeing how focused civic engagement can affect change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students may need the terms bond measure, urban forest, and others defined before they read the article.
  • Students should understand some of the problems that have made this policy necessary.


  • Students can read this article at home to prepare for an in-class discussion on the broader political context within New York State and how it differs from other states around the country.
  • Students can use this article and other resources to create a timeline of American climate legislation in the past decade.
  • Civics teachers can use this article in a lesson on coalition building and its impact on change.
  • This article can enhance a classroom discussion on the New York government's effectiveness in dealing with climate change.
Scientist Notes
This statement from The Nature Conservancy is on the passage of an environmental bill in New York State. The statement doesn't have any specific science, but scientists have been praising the law's passage, though time will tell how effective it is. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • 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 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
      • D2.Civ.14.9-12 Analyze historical, contemporary, and emerging means of changing societies, promoting the common good, and protecting rights.
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.9-12 Analyze how incentives influence choices that may result in policies with a range of costs and benefits for different groups.
  • 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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