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I am Julia Ortiz, student of English Studies at the
University of Salamanca and in this presentation, I am going to give you an
overview of New York as a green city.

To begin with, New York City’s Green Infrastructure
Program is a multiagency effort directed by the Department of Environmental
Protection.

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One of its initiatives is called ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION à Their Education Office

offers students and teachers a large variety of free
schedules and resources about

New York City’s problems related to water, sound and
noise quality and climate

change.

I am going to highlight 2 of
their programs:

New York
City’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap à Students investigate the New
York City Supply System and find out how the water cycle influence in their
daily life thanks to the creation of a new map.

Students can situate places and landscape related to
their study of water; they can analyze and connect different features by
exploring their physical and cultural characteristics and debate their role in
our world.

With this program, the
Department of Environmental Protection tries to show students the water’s
evolution in New York since past times, when people did not have water in their
house and they had to carry it, to nowadays, when people only have to turn
their tap and have it.

2017 Water
Resources Art & Poetry Contestà In 2017 took place the 31st annual edition of Water Resources Art &
Poetry Contest. Second through twelfth-grade students should produce original
art or compose poetry that portrays an appreciation for our shared water
resources.

It complements STEM learning as it connects features
of water and the

environment. It is also associated with New York State
Learning Standards and New

York City Performance
Standards for elementary, middle and high school students.

With this presentation, I have
tried to give you an overview of the initiatives taken by the Department of
Environmental Protection, concretely called Environmental Education. This
initiative aims to raise awareness of water’s use since young ages.   

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