Northwest NEWS

April 2, 2001


Sims honors Earth Heroes at awards ceremony

   King County Executive Ron Sims recently recognized 19 outstanding teachers, students, staff, programs and schools doing exceptional work to protect the environment at an awards ceremony at Mercer View Community Center on Mercer Island.
   The recipients were nominated by colleagues and classmates who wanted to show their on-going commitment to preserving the natural environment through educational efforts.
   Launched in May 2000, the King County Earth Legacy Initiative celebrates the importance of protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
   The initiative outlines a number of innovative programs that are working hard to maintain the rich integrity of the region, as well as a high quality of life.
   It actively engages the involvement of businesses, local government, organizations, employees, youth, schools and the broader community to make a difference.
   Earth Heroes are people who work tirelessly to protect the land, air and water resources.
   The Earth Heroes in Schools Program is part of the broader King County Earth Legacy Initiative.
   Award winners in the staff category include:
   Trish Hamilton (Cherry Valley Elementary, Duvall);
   Selim Uzuner and the Tolt Middle School Recycling Club (Tolt Middle School, Carnation).
   Award winners in the student category include:
   Ivana Mohar (Bothell High School); Tor Pederson (Woodinville High School, ACT Program).