BOSTON – May 29, 2008 – North­eastern Uni­ver­sity alumnus Sajed Kamal received a 2008 Life­time Achieve­ment Envi­ron­mental Merit Award from the United States Envi­ron­mental Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA), New Eng­land Region, at an awards cer­e­mony held on April 22 at Boston’s Faneuil Hall. Kamal is an inter­na­tional leader in pro­moting sus­tain­able energy and has served as both an edu­cator and a con­sul­tant to create urgency around the devel­op­ment of sus­tain­able energy resources.

A long-​​time Boston res­i­dent, Kamal has been working on sus­tain­able energy ini­tia­tives for more than 25 years both at home and abroad. In Boston, he co-​​founded Solar Boston, an orga­ni­za­tion to pro­mote renew­able energy solu­tions. Between 1999–2003, Solar Boston helped install over fifty grid-​​connected pho­to­voltaic solar elec­tric sys­tems. In 2002 he ini­ti­ated and con­tinues to serve as the coor­di­nator of Solar Fenway, a vol­un­teer com­mittee that has installed two grid-​​connected pho­to­voltaic sys­tems in the Fenway neighborhood.

At home, Kamal uses a small stand-​​alone pho­to­voltaic system, installed in 1986, to power some of his appli­ances, truly living out his work. He also has a col­lec­tion of solar cookers. Placed on the roof-​​deck, these have “cooked many sump­tuous dishes over the years,” he says. “I hope that by teaching people about the poten­tial of renew­able energy sources, our depen­dence on non­re­new­ables will decrease,” said Kamal.

Inter­na­tion­ally, Kamal has helped estab­lish pilot pro­grams on renew­able energy in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia and El Salvador.

Kamal received both his under­grad­uate degree in eco­nomics (’70) and grad­uate degree in edu­ca­tion (’71) at North­eastern, and later received his doc­torate in human­istic studies from Boston Uni­ver­sity. At North­eastern he also met his wife of 37 years, Rose­mary. Fol­lowing her under­grad­uate degree in psy­chology (’72), she too went on to receiving her doc­torate in human­istic studies from Boston Uni­ver­sity. The Teacher-​​Director of Corner Co-​​op Nursery School in Brook­line, “she’s my partner in every­thing I do,” says Kamal. They have a son, Ashok, a grad­uate of Boston Uni­ver­sity and The New School, who works with youth and family ser­vices in New York City.

While a stu­dent at North­eastern, in 1969 Kamal orga­nized “The Middle East: The Next Vietnam?,” a forum that looked at the mil­i­ta­riza­tion of the Middle East as sim­ilar to the Vietnam War and the fight for global resources and land. Soon after, he ded­i­cated his studies to the explo­ration of alter­na­tive energy sources, com­bining this with his other inter­ests and com­mit­ments. Kamal is also an award-​​winning poet, artist, edu­ca­tional con­sul­tant, psy­chother­a­pist, trans­lator, pub­lished author of a dozen books and many arti­cles in a wide range of areas, and an adjunct lec­turer teaching Renew­able Energy and Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment at Bran­deis Uni­ver­sity in Waltham, MA.

I am deeply hon­ored to receive this award from the Envi­ron­mental Pro­tec­tion Agency,” said Kamal. “My hope is that before it’s too late the global com­mu­nity will adopt sus­tain­able lifestyles, which will pre­vent our species from dri­ving itself into extinc­tion and pre­serve all life on Earth.”

Kamal’s other awards include Boston “Mayor’s First Annual Green Award for Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship in Energy and Cli­mate Pro­tec­tion” and a “Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award” from the Fenway Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, both in 2007.

For more infor­ma­tion about Sajed Kamal’s work, please visit www​.solar​fenway​.org or con­tact Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373‑2802 or via email at j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.