SU’s Abdollahi to receive major environmental award


Southern University's Dr. Kamran Abdollahi's work in the area of promoting a better environment and pollution prevention has led to his selection as a 2014 Environmental Leadership Program Award winner.


Abdollahi, the program leader and Graduate Director for Urban Forestry, said the award "is the culmination of tremendous work by our students and faculty. This is a Southern University award."


The Environmental Leadership Programs (ELP) awards event will be held at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 26, in the Pensacola Room at the Department of Environmental Quality Conference Center.


The ELP, which presents the award, promotes a cleaner and better environment for Louisiana through voluntary pollution prevention, waste reduction and/or 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 ELP. It also cited Abdollahi for his collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, federal, state and local entities to enhance education, research and outreach.


Urban Forestry students are being trained to be the future environmental experts inline with the historic mission and tradition of the urban forestry program at Southern University and A&M, Abdollahi said.


The Urban Forestry program is offering BS, MS and PhD in urban forestry. The program is the only recognized specialized degree program in urban forestry in Louisiana.


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