Emeritus Professor of Supply Chain and Analytics Joe Martinich was named a 2018 Creve Coeur Citizen of the Year for his contributions to the city’s Green Business Certification Program and Energy and Environment Committee. (Photo by August Jennewein)
For 20 years, Joe Martinich has been a go-to expert on recycling and reuse across Missouri.
He’s completed local and statewide studies on the economic impacts of recycling, authored numerous papers and taught classes on business sustainability. Now, four years after retiring from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Martinich is busier than ever.
Three days a week, the emeritus professor of supply chain and analytics rolls up his sleeves and digs into recycling dumpsters around Creve Coeur. At this pace, he’s rummaged through hundreds of business containers in the community, and he has no intention of slowing down.
His efforts are part of a larger environmental initiative he’s spearheading with fellow Creve Coeur citizen Mike Barzoff.
The pair is the driving force behind the city’s growing Green Business Certification Program, which was created to recognize businesses and nonprofits that are making meaningful efforts to reduce their environmental footprints.
Mike Barzoff (at left) and Emeritus Professor Joe Martinich received Creve Coeur Citizen of the Year awards from Mayor Barry Glantz on Dec. 4 during the city’s Holiday Appreciation Event. (Photo courtesy of the City of Creve Coeur)
Martinich and Barzoff were recognized for their community contributions in December when Mayor Barry Glantz presented them with Creve Coeur Citizen of the Year awards.
“Joe Martinich and Mike Barzoff see Creve Coeur’s potential as an environmental leader,” Glantz said in a statement. “Thanks to their hard work and consideration put into the Green Business Certification program, we are closer to seeing their vision become reality.”
Martinich, a 40-year citizen of Creve Coeur, first became involved in civic activities when …