Recognize environmentally savvy students, teachers with Earth Heroes honor

February 2, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 2, 2010

Nominate students, teachers, school staffers, volunteers, programs or even entire schools for a King County environmental honor.

Officials are seeking nominations for 2010 Earth Heroes at School. The award honors people and entities for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education.

Submit nominations by March 1. Winners will be recognized at the ninth annual King County Earth Heroes at Schools recognition event in April.

Colleagues, classmates or members of the public can nominate Earth Heroes. Organizers also encourage self-nominations. Find nomination forms and the 2009 honorees here or call 206-296-4477 to learn more.

“Environmental education and environmental action go hand in hand, and the contribution that schools make to the protection of our local environment is significant and essential,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement.

Teachers, students and others in the schools community recycle, restore habitat, compost lunchroom waste and grow pesticide-free gardens at schools across King County. The program seeks to honor standouts and bring attention to innovation and inspire others to take eco-friendly actions.

“We want to recognize these leaders and their accomplishments,” Constantine said.

Last year’s honorees included a student-run espresso stand at a SeaTac high school with organic coffee served in recyclable cups; a sustainability team at a Bothell junior high school; a librarian at Fall City Elementary School who helped improve lunchroom recycling; and a North Bend teacher who taught students waste reduction and recycling strategies.

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