American Lung Association Honors Healthy Air Ambassador

College student given youth award for her allegiance to the environment

South Windsor, CT (March 9, 2012)

An Evening of Life and Breath

Rebecca Liebman is an emerging environmentalist with one long-term goal in mind - challenging and changing environmental policy. Her passion, dedication, and efforts in protecting the environment are not going unnoticed. On April 20th, the American Lung Association will honor Rebecca with the Healthy Air Ambassador Youth Award at their annual spring gala event.

When Rebecca took Earth Science as a freshman at South Windsor High School, she began to learn about the myriad of problems which affect the environment. She took these concerns to heart and decided to start an environmental club. Originally, Rebecca started out by collecting water bottles in her community, which were then recycled. This simple idea led to others, like placing boxes in each classroom for recycling, and working with the cafeteria to serve more organic foods.

Rebecca began to realize her passion for the environment even more when the club organized a community event called Earth-a-Palooza, an event designed to reach out to kids and help them learn environmental initiatives. For her efforts to educate the community around her as well as her extraordinary volunteer activities, Rebecca was honored with the 2011 Eugene Policelli Student Community Service Award, given annually by South Windsor Public Schools.

Now a freshman at Clark University, Rebecca is pursuing a degree in Global Environmental Studies. She continues to develop her passion by leading her own project to create a green dorm, where students can live sustainably. “If we woke up tomorrow and there was no Wall Street, there would still be birds chirping, but if we woke up tomorrow and there were no birds chirping, there would be no Wall Street,” is one motto Rebecca has chosen to live by.

On Friday, April 20th, at the Riverview in Simsbury, the American Lung Association will honor those who have gone above and beyond when it comes to protecting the environment, and ultimately lung health in Connecticut. The evening will include dinner, drinks, and a silent auction. Individual tickets for the evening are $175. Contact Lisa Wrubleski at (860) 838-4377 or lwrubleski@lungne.org for more information. 

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About the American Lung Association of New England
The American Lung Association of New England is part of the American Lung Association, the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S. Established in 1904 to combat tuberculosis; our mission today is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The focus is on air quality, asthma, tobacco control, and all lung disease. ALANE serves CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT.