Southern professor receives environmental leadership award

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University's Kamran Abdollahi's has been honored with an Environmental Leadership Program Award for his work in promoting a better environment and helping to prevent pollution.

Abdollahi is the program leader and graduate director for Urban Forestry.

"The award is the culmination of tremendous work by our students and faculty. This is a Southern University award," Abdollahi says.

The leadership program promotes a cleaner and better environment for Louisiana through voluntary pollution prevention, waste reduction and other environmental stewardship efforts.

The ELP said the educational and research projects directed by Abdollahi in the Urban Forestry program have increased the awareness of pollution reduction through urban greening, conversion of wood waste to bioenergy and biomass and urban forest ecosystem improvement.

Abdollahi's efforts and his team of urban forestry faculty, staff and students have led to environmental improvement awareness in urban and rural ecosystems, according to the program. It also cited Abdollahi for his collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, federal, state and local entities to enhance education, research and outreach.

The awards will be presented on Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Department of Environmental Quality Conference Center.

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