Mercer Island School District superintendent, volunteer are Earth Heroes

King County recently announced this year's Earth Heroes, students, parents, teachers and staff members who share a passion for environmental conservation.

Two from the Mercer Island School District will be honored at the April 26 event. Gary Plano, the superintendent of Mercer Island Schools was honored for continued support for participation by the district and it's schools in the King County Green Schools program. His leadership helped schools reduce recycling waste and conserving both water and energy.

Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, a West Mercer Elementary School volunteer, was honored for creating and running the Leap for Green Fair, which helps students and their families become better stewards for the environment. She also organizes the district's International Walk to School Day.

“These stewards of the environment are our heroes – for conserving resources, protecting the environment, and spreading the word about sustainable practices,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “I am proud to recognize them for their hands-on commitment to the planet.”

All of this year's Earth Heroes will be recognized during an awards ceremony on April 26 at 4:30 p.m. at Maplewood Greens in Renton.


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