Michael Stewart grew up sliding on the shifting sand bars around Cape Hatteras, and eating BBQ at Bubbas #2 shack; but he now finds himself slotted near the Golden Gate bridge, where the sharks and the tofu burgers are both XXL. He has been focused on general sustainability issues and “greener” products since the early 2000’s, and is currently working for UL Environment, to offer up validation and certification services for designating greener and sustainable products.
Over the last 5 years, Michael’s work in various nonprofit orgs has allowed him to help green up the surf/skate lifestyle by working with industry leaders to do CO2 footprinting of products, services, and events, and to then to reduce/compensate/offset those environmental impacts with “certified” environmental projects like tropical reforestation, renewable energy, etc. He created the “CarbonFree Surfing” program, and worked with Kelly Slater to offset his lifetime air travel, as well as numerous surf industry leaders to offset their carbon footprint.
Michael is currently vice chair of the San Francisco chapter of Surfrider, and has served as an advisor to Save The Waves on issues ranging from carbon offsetting to green surf products to coastal protection strategy. He lives with his wife and all of his various wave-riding vehicles in a cramped apartment, in the foggiest part of San Francisco.