UW-Superior Professor named to EPA Advisory Board

Dr. Richard Stewart uwsuper.edu

UW-Superior trans­porta­tion and logis­tics expert Dr. Richard Stew­art has been named to the first Great Lakes Advi­sory Board of the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency.

Pro­fes­sor Stew­art is chair of the Depart­ment of Busi­ness and Eco­nom­ics and Direc­tor of the Trans­porta­tion and Logis­tics Research Cen­ter pro­gram at UW-Superior.

Stew­art, who was appointed to a two-year term, said he wel­comes the chance to rep­re­sent the area on this impor­tant advi­sory board. “I’m sig­nif­i­cantly hon­ored that I’m able to help out with this advi­sory board. The diverse rep­re­sen­ta­tion that is on the board is very ben­e­fi­cial to mak­ing informed deci­sions on restor­ing the Great Lakes,” he said.

Stew­art is one of 18 peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing a broad group of stake­hold­ers named to the first Great Lakes Advi­sory Board, which will play a part in advis­ing how the EPA spends $300 mil­lion in restor­ing the Great Lakes for future gen­er­a­tions.  Stew­art said the board has an impor­tant mis­sion to carry out and he has a spe­cial bond to the sub­ject. “I was born in and spent most of my life in Great Lakes states.  The Lakes are one of the most pre­cious assets in the world,” he said. “Keep­ing these inland seas fresh and clean and envi­ron­men­tally healthy is crit­i­cal to our nation’s over­all health and the health of the ecosys­tems that sur­round the Great Lakes.”

Among Stewart’s many accom­plish­ments, he was a cap­tain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, as a mer­chant mariner com­manded ocean-going ships, and man­aged a $300 mil­lion fleet of tankers and bulk ves­sels trad­ing world­wide.   He believes in pro­tect­ing the water for every­one. “Aldo Leopold cre­ated the con­cept of a Land Use Ethic and I believe we need a Great Lakes Use Ethic that estab­lishes a stew­ard­ship for these bod­ies of water. We hold these Great Lakes in trust for future gen­er­a­tions,” he said.

Stew­art is co-director of the Great Lakes Mar­itime Research Insti­tute (GLMRI), www.glmri.org which was estab­lished in 2004 to pur­sue research efforts in marine trans­porta­tion, logis­tics, eco­nom­ics, engi­neer­ing, envi­ron­men­tal plan­ning, and port man­age­ment. The US Mar­itime Admin­is­tra­tion des­ig­nated it as a National Mar­itime Enhance­ment Insti­tute on June 1, 2005.

The Insti­tute is a con­sor­tium of the UW-Superior’s Trans­porta­tion and Logis­tics Research Cen­ter and the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota Duluth’s Swen­son Col­lege of Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing and Labovitz School of Busi­ness and Economics.

The Trans­porta­tion and Logis­tics Research Cen­ter at UW-Superior (TLRC) was cre­ated in 1999 under Stewart’s direc­tion. The mis­sion of the TLRC is to pro­vide applied trans­porta­tion, and logis­tics research, edu­ca­tion, and advi­sory ser­vices that advance the econ­omy of the region. Fac­ulty, staff, and stu­dents in the pro­gram con­tribute to the research efforts of the Trans­porta­tion and Logis­tics Research Center.

In a state­ment, EPA Act­ing Admin­is­tra­tor Bob Per­ci­asepe said: “Pro­tect­ing the Great Lakes — the largest sur­face fresh­wa­ter sys­tem on Earth — is impor­tant for the health and well-being of mil­lions of peo­ple. Today I’m pleased to announce the mem­ber­ship of the first-ever great Lakes Advi­sory Board. The sci­en­tists, busi­ness lead­ers, pub­lic ser­vants, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of non-profit orga­ni­za­tions who make up the Advi­sory Board will help us build upon the suc­cess we’ve already seen and move for­ward into the next phases of Great Lakes restora­tion and protection.”

The Great Lakes pro­vide more than 30 mil­lion Amer­i­cans with drink­ing water and under­pin a multi-billion dol­lar econ­omy. In Feb­ru­ary 2009, Pres­i­dent Obama pro­posed the Great Lakes Restora­tion Ini­tia­tive, the largest invest­ment in the Great Lakes in two decades. GLRI funds are being used to accel­er­ate cleanup work in the 29 remain­ing AOCs iden­ti­fied by the U.S. and Canada under the Great Lakes Water Qual­ity Agreement.

The Great Lakes Advi­sory Board will pro­vide advice and rec­om­men­da­tions to the EPA Admin­is­tra­tor, who serves as chair of the fed­eral Inter­a­gency Task Force. EPA con­sid­ered can­di­dates from a broad range of inter­ests includ­ing busi­ness, agri­cul­ture, foun­da­tions, envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice groups, youth orga­ni­za­tions, envi­ron­men­tal groups, acad­e­mia and state, local and tribal representatives.


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