Brunswick student Reed Schultz named healthy air ambassador

Brunswick School student Reed Schultz poses with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Brunswick School student Reed Schultz poses with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

The American Lung Association will honor Brunswick School student Reed Schultz as its Youth Healthy Air Ambassador of 2014.

Reed, a resident of New Canaan, is being recognized for his work on raising awareness about unnecessary vehicle idling, an issue that not only contributes to global warming, but also can cause serious health issues.

He will be recognized at the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s Spring gala, An Evening of Life & Breath, Celebrating One Breath at a Time, on Friday, April 4, 7 p.m., at the Aria in Prospect.

The evening will include cocktails and one of the state’s largest silent auctions, followed by a four-course dinner and award ceremony.

“We are thrilled to name Reed as the Youth Healthy Air Ambassador for 2014,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “It is remarkable to see someone so young taking the initiative in their community and dedicating their time to help create a cleaner and healthier environment for all. Reed is an exceptional example of a volunteer and his contributions are appreciated by so many.”

Spurred by findings that the air quality in Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut was rated “poor,” Reed conceived of a movement to make people aware of their surrounding air quality and a simple action step that could help improve it.

He started American Idle-Less, a campaign to end idling vehicle engines, in hopes of saving the environment from its harmful effects. Idling occurs when an automobile’s engine continuously runs producing harmful emissions and releasing them into the air we breathe everyday.

“I remember observing at such places as the supermarket by the deli, and even the train station — unnecessary idling,” Reed said in a press release. “Here were cars spewing out toxins that were being breathed by children and adults alike. I saw this as an opportunity for me to help educate people—to help change behavior—and try to make a small difference in our collective quality of life.”

For more information or to purchase tickets to the gala, contact Lisa Wrubleski at [email protected] or 860-838-4377.

Tickets are $175 and sponsorships are still available. More information about Reed’s efforts is online at Americanidleless.com.

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