Elizabeth’s role in the school recycling program has helped Carnation Elementary to earn a Level One in the King County Green Schools Program.
Mrs. Wing is now compiling energy use data to support the school’s energy conservation efforts. She has organized education units on organic farming and salmon, and a "passport to sustainability" project on the new state standards for sustainability.
Students, parents, teachers and staff members all with a commitment to hands-on environmental stewardship will be honored by King County Executive Dow Constantine at the county’s annual Earth Heroes event at a school ceremony.
"Winners of the Earth Heroes at School awards are a diverse group who share the common goal of making our world a better place," said Executive Constantine. "It is an honor to recognize their achievements in environmental education, waste reduction, energy conservation and other positive efforts."
Carnation Principal Doug Poage says, "Mrs. Wing works tirelessly to engage her students in meaningful, purposeful, real-world, hands-on experiences in environmental science.
"It’s not unusual to see her students wearing gloves, carrying trash bags and digging in dumpsters to sort out things that might have accidentally gotten thrown away instead of recycled.
"The excitement and enthusiasm she exhibits is contagious and her students read, write, rap, sing and dance about the importance of the 4 R’s – Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, and Re-Think! We are so lucky to have a teacher like Mrs. Wing at Carnation Elementary!"