Downing receives Healthy Air Award from Jeffrey Seyler, President and CEO of American Lung Association of New England at State House
Boston- Chosen for his leadership in ushering passage of An Act to Improve School Campus Air Quality, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) received the American Lung Association’s 2009 Healthy Air Award at a State House ceremony earlier today.
“I am humbled by this recognition and wish to thank the American Lung Association of Massachusetts for their support of this initiative, which was evident throughout the entire legislative process,” said Downing. “This Act, the result of our strong collaboration and partnership, represents a vision to improve air quality for students, teachers, administrators and visitors at all school campuses across Massachusetts simply by eliminating unnecessary motor vehicle engine idling on site.”
“The Healthy Air Award is presented in recognition of efforts to protect and enhance air quality in our state. As a champion for clean air and major supporter of the idle-free law, Senator Downing was acknowledged by the American Lung Association for his leadership in passage of the idle-free bill,” said Jeffrey Seyler, President and CEO, American Lung Association of New England. “We know that clean air means healthy lungs. This new law is especially important for children since their lungs are not fully developed and they breathe more air than adults. This is a major success and we applaud his efforts.”
The Healthy Air Award is given annually to individuals or organizations that show exemplary leadership and commitment to environmentally sound, “green” practices that help keep us all breathing easier.
An Act to Improve School Campus Air Quality, Chapter 386 of the Acts of 2008, was sponsored by Downing and Representative Stephen Canessa (D-New Bedford) during the previous legislative session. It was signed into law by Governor Patrick on December 16, 2008.
For information on the American Lung Association, or how to become part of the effort to further lung disease research, education, and prevention please call 1-800-499-LUNG or visit www.lungne.org.