Author: Laura J. Leonard
Elizabeth Werner, a hydrogeologist in the Solid Waste Section, has been selected as the 2018 Division of Waste Management’s Employee of the Year for her unparalleled dedication to public service, exemplary scientific experience and knows-no-bounds enthusiasm for serving the state of North Carolina.
“She embodies everything that the Department of Environmental Quality stands for,” stated her nominator.
The Division of Waste Management encourages its staff each year to nominate fellow colleagues who have gone above and beyond in their service to the public and the regulated community, while striving to showcase the mission of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. This year’s applicants were narrowed down to three finalists before Werner was selected as the winner.
With 20 years of scientific experience, Werner reviews the hydrogeological aspects of permitting activities for the state’s coal ash facilities and other solid waste facilities. She takes great pride in her work, knowing it protects human health and the environment. Done with a strong sense of public service, she considers serving the people of North Carolina a privilege.
Werner’s extensive work in the division spans far beyond her job responsibilities. She helped craft the state’s coal ash rules, using science as the basis for her review and recommendations. She volunteers for assignments and helps on inspections even if that means an early start to her day. She is thorough with her permit application reviews, field inspections and recommendations. Known for her meticulousness and unlimited energy, Werner also relies on the expertise of her fellow colleagues as needed. She always tries to encourage and inspire others to do their best.
Nominated by a colleague who describes her as “a treasure to the division and state for her embodiment of an outstanding employee who goes above and beyond with every assignment,” Werner is known for her willingness to help – not only in her capacity as a permitting hydrogeologist but also on a personal level through her charitable work.
Werner has a volunteer heart – one she puts to good use by committing her time and boundless energy to those in need. She delivers meals for Meals on Wheels, organizes blood drives and serves as race director for an annual running event that donates its profits to military charities.
Elizabeth Werner embodies what it means to be a public servant. She is always willing to serve with unparalleled dedication, limitless energy and a bright demeanor that shines through in whatever she does.