Takes Lung Association's Healthy Air Award
efforts to reduce its polluting emissions and help protect
the environment have not escaped the notice of an organization
with a direct stake in healthy air.
The American Lung Association
(ALA) of Massachusetts has named Smith as the recipient
of its first annual Healthy Air Award for the college’s
multi-pronged approach to environmental responsibility.
The award is given in recognition of research, education
and advocacy efforts focused on protecting and enhancing
indoor and outdoor air quality.
The ALA, which has offices
in Springfield and Waltham, Mass., conducted a review of
several educational institutions and businesses in the
state, said Bianca Walker, development manager for ALA, “but it was Smith hands down for the
award this year for its measures toward protecting the environment.
We were very impressed with Smith’s Web site, its Green
Team and the sustainability efforts taken on by staff, students
and faculty there.”
When the award review
committee decided on Smith for the Healthy Air Award, it
wasn’t aware of the college’s
co-gen power plant, which became active this year, said Walker. “We
were even more impressed when we learned about that,” she
said. “We’re very happy with our choice.”
The Healthy Air Award will be presented to Smith representatives
on Saturday, March 28, during the ALA annual Breath of Life
Ball, held at Chez Josef in Agawam, Mass.