10 South Street  NY, NY 10004

NYHS students learn the basics of environmental law and policy, and the citizen policy-making process, specifically as they apply to our CTE programs at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School. The Marine Policy and Advocacy curriculum explores the nexus of citizen science and policymaking.




The New York Harbor School

10 South Street, Slip 7

New York, New York 10004

 212 458 0800


Students will develop a clear understanding of the principles and applications of environmental/ marine policy and law through the study of the Maritime industry and oyster restoration in the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School. They will be able to communicate the role of citizen engagement in policy making, as well as the roles of community, education, and government in the development and implementation of law and policy in our waterways.


Over the 3 year program , students will:


  • Apply the Public Trust Doctrine, Clean Water Act and other applicable statutes and regulations from state and City Marine & Environmental Policy; and
  • Effectively utilize analytical, writing, and critical thinking skills to develop logical arguments supporting a point of view.
  • Attend Lobbying, hearings and events related to the Albany and City Legislature.
  • Work with Pace University and faculty in the Marine Policy Law Program
  • Partner with John Cronin on several issues and developments throughout the program.
  • Work with city and state stakeholders on providing policy change throughout the three years.
  • Learn basic computer & web-design, public speaking, writing, journalism skills and how to use data to support policy change
  • Research, analyze and evaluate existing environmental law and policy;
  • Work with other Career and Technical education programs on understanding how environmental law and policy aids and/ or hinders their progress from many vantage points.
  • Gain their safe boater certificate


These skills will allow students to pursue college and begin to think about the fields of environmental education, environmental law, environmental journalism, environmental management, environmental ethics, environmental policy, environmental remediation, urban planning and design, marine biology, natural resources and sustainable development, zoology, and specialized areas like desert studies, international environmental politics, and sustainable development management.


Teaching Faculty

Marine Policy and Advocacy 10

Marine Policy and Advocacy 11

Marine Policy and Advocacy 12

Career and Financial Management


environmental ethicsThe discipline in philosophy that studies the moral relationship of human beings to, and also the value and moral status of, the environment and its non-human contents.

10 South Street NY, NY 10004

 212 458 0800