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Dr. Marshall Shepherd Wins Environmental Achievement Award

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University of Georgia Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences, Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2023 Environmental Achievement Award. This accolade is presented annually by the Environmental Law Institute to individuals or organizations that have made notable contributions to environmental protection, conservation, and sustainability.

“Dr. Shepherd’s outstanding career and commitment to understanding and communicating about climate science and its implications for global environments and communities is truly remarkable,” said Environmental Law Institute (ELI) President Jordan Diamond. “With a long-standing record of exceptional scientific research, thought leadership, and public education on atmospheric sciences, he has been instrumental in bridging the gap between scientific discovery and public discourse.”

“Dr. Marshall Shepherd embodies the very essence of what the Environmental Achievement Award stands for,” said Sandra Nichols Thiam, ELI’s vice president for research & policy. “His dedication to both rigorous scientific inquiry and its translation to actionable insights for policymakers, communities and the general public is unparalleled.

Through his work, he has significantly advanced our collective understanding of Earth’s climate systems and the importance of proactive environmental stewardship.”
“To join the esteemed list of recipients is humbling and quite an honor,” said Shepherd.“ The ELI is a key beacon and this award highlights that we face the crisis of our time and must apply every tool in the box to fix it.”

The 2023 Environmental Achievement Award will be presented to Shepherd at the ELI Annual Award Dinner on Oct. 24.

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Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor, Director, Atmospheric Sciences Program

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