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The trip included 18 junior and senior high school students from
This educational opportunity is part of a
LRC director of educational services Dan Frering, who heads the independent study for the solar lamp post demonstration project, provided a tour of his facility. He explained the LRC mission and operations, and its role in the demonstration with
A key element of student discussion was the idea that
Assemblywoman Gunther brought the students to the Assembly Speaker’s conference room where they met with Paul Tonko, President of New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), the source of funding for the solar lamp post project. Tonko explained the work of NYSERDA and the importance of the Governor’s “Green it Up” agenda, including: climate change; green and healthy communities; and connecting New Yorkers to nature. He also discussed career opportunities and what he called “green collar” jobs.
Ann Reynolds, director of policy for NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, gave a history of the environmental movement and explored the evolution of environmental laws from the 1970s. She described how in the ’70s there were no environmental laws and anyone could dump anything in the rivers and water, resulting in a river that could run a particular color depending on what was dumped in it that week, or the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, which actually caught on fire.
Assemblywoman Gunther, Tonko and Reynolds also explained the legislative process and how ideas become law. Students were reminded that schools are required to recycle under General Municipal Law; and that they must follow, at minimum, the municipality in which they are located.
During meetings with
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