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Dr. Richard Stewart the director of the Transportation and Logistics department at UW-Superior was quoted in the New York Times June 10. He was one of the experts used in the story on Great Lakes water levels. He is also the Co-Director of the of the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute and chair of the business department at UW-Superior. Here is the quote that appeared in the New York Times:
The impact does not stop with shippers. "The aggregate impact over time will be to raise the cost of commodities, which in turn will raise the price of manufacturing goods, which in turn raises the price to the consumer," said Richard D. Stewart, the director of the Transportation and Logistics Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
In other news, Dr. Stewart is also on the first Great Lakes Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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.
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