Carnation teacher, Snoqualmie student are Earth Heroes
April 27, 2011 · 8:13 AM
Valley teen Annapurni Sriram and Carnation teacher Elizabeth Wing were among more than a dozen adults and childen, all with a commitment to hands-on environmental stewardship, to be honored by King County Executive Dow Constantine at an April 14 ceremony.
Wing works at Carnation Elementary School in the Riverview School District. Her role in the school recycling program helped Carnation Elementary earn level one status in the King County Green Schools Program. She is now compiling energy-use data to support the school’s energy conservation efforts.
Wing has organized education units on organic farming and salmon, and a “passport to sustainability” project on the new state standards for sustainability.
Sriram worked with the city of Snoqualmie on its official sustainability strategy. While a middle school student, she wrote to Mayor Matt Larson, urging him to address sustainability and climate change. Larson invited her to serve on the city’s Sustainability Advisory Team. For the next two years, Sriram participated in meetings, contributed ideas on communication strategies and ways to involve schools, and developed a website and blog.
“Earth Heroes are a diverse group who share the common goal of making our world a better place,” Constantine said.