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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


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

Resource Type

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 23 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, Central & Western NY


YouTube Video

Rochester Rocks Climate Innovation

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  • This video introduces Rochester, New York as an exemplary city regarding high-impact municipal climate action items such as reducing greenhouse emissions, installing charging stations for electric cars, installing energy efficiency upgrades, and cutting the city's carbon footprint.
  • Students will learn the importance of these mitigation and adaptation measures to the community.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource demonstrates community-led climate solutions and the importance of working together as a team.
  • The video is brief, so teachers can easily show it in one class period, with time left for discussion and activities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a working knowledge of climate change issues.
  • Teachers may wish to have an introductory discussion about greenhouse gas emissions.


  • The video mentions a green roof as a green initiative and a way to reduce energy consumption, so science teachers may wish to have students research how to create a model green roof.
  • Science teachers can also have students watch the video and work in small groups to design climate solutions for their city.
  • Civics teachers can connect this video to lessons about civic responsibility.
  • This video can extend conversations about mitigation and adaptation strategies, stormwater runoff, electric vehicles, and other climate topics.
  • The beginning of the video is text-heavy without narration. Some students may benefit from pausing the video and reading the text aloud.
Scientist Notes
The video outlines a few well-thought-out actions to solve Rochester's energy demands, provide communities with tools to track their greenhouse gas emissions and lessen their carbon impact.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • Active Citizenship in the 21st Century - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.3.8.CivicsPR.4: Use evidence and quantitative data to propose or defend a public policy related to climate change.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.II.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
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