Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart

Sustainable Surf

Michael Stewart is a social entrepreneur focused on driving innovations in sustainability, in particular, those that relate to consumer products and services which can encourage an enable a shift toward more sustainable lifestyles for everybody.

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Notably, Michael has specialized in consumer product certification programs and on climate change issues for several nonprofit & for-profit companies over the last decade. As a part of the initial launch team for UL Environment (a part of Underwriters Laboratories), Michael managed the energy efficiency certification program for the world’s leading consumer electronics manufacturers. For Carbonfund.org, Michael developed and managed partnerships with many Fortune 500 brands, including the ‘VW Forest’ campaign partnership with Volkswagen of America that reforested over 1,100 acres in the lower Louisiana watershed. While at Cooler Inc., Michael worked with clients including Intuit to integrate realtime CO2 footprinting of consumer purchases from financial data for their Quickbooks customers.

Most recently, and undoubtably with the most passion, Michael Co-founded nonprofit Sustainable Surf, with the intent of applying his professional experience to help transform the culture and business of surfing (worth ~9 $Billon annually), into a truly sustainable model, capable of inspiring positive behavioral lifestyle changes in individuals. These changes, when multiplied by millions of people making better choices on a daily basis about how they live their lives, provide the foundation for how we can fix the root causes of our broken system, instead of just constantly mitigating the symptoms.

Underlying all these intentions is Michael’s lifelong passion for the surfing experience, his gratitude for the simple but honest lessons it has to teach, and the pure joy that sliding around on waves provides. Michael has been a longtime volunteer and leader for the Surfrider Foundation, and is also proud to be an adviser on sustainability issues to the Save the Waves Coalition.

Michael lives with his wife and young daughter just outside the foggiest part of San Francisco, where he is constantly checking the online swell forecast, and seeking the perfect cup of normal (organic/shade-grown/fairly-traded/locally-roasted/single-cup dripped) awesome coffee.

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