senate Bill S1571

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes the environmental sustainability education act

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
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Jan 04, 2012 referred to environmental conservation
Jan 10, 2011 referred to environmental conservation


S1571 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S4561, A3726, A9384

S1571 - Summary

Requires the department of education to establish an education for environmental sustainability program to teach children the importance of conserving and protecting our environment.

S1571 - Sponsor Memo

S1571 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011

Introduced  by  Sens.  OPPENHEIMER,  SERRANO  --  read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environ-
  mental Conservation

AN ACT establishing the  New  York  state  environmental  sustainability
  education act


  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the  "New  York
State Environmental Sustainability Education Act".
  S 2. Legislative findings. The legislature finds and declares that:
  1.  In  recognition  of  the  United  Nations  Decade of Education for
Sustainable Development (2005-2014), as  declared  at  the  Johannesburg
Summit of 2002, New York state deems it imperative to develop and imple-
ment  an  educational  program  geared towards improving the capacity of
people to address environmental issues in the 21st century.
  2. Our ability to fulfill our responsibility to equip New York's citi-
zens with the required knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed to
create a sustainable future and enhance our quality of life  have  never
been more critical.
  3.  More  than  any  other time in recent history, New York's citizens
have the capacity to dramatically affect their natural environment,  and
mitigate  and  possibly  reverse  our  society's  negative impact on our
natural surroundings.
  4. New technologies and research have  availed  unparalleled  opportu-
nities  for us to develop and protect resources in a manner that enables
people to meet current needs, while also providing  that  future  gener-
ations can meet future needs.
  5. To successfully confront these environmental concerns and sensitiv-
ities,  we  must  put  forth a vision of education that seeks to empower
people of all ages to assume responsibility for creating  a  sustainable

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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