January 31, 2012
MADISON - Bart Sponseller has been appointed as the new director of the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Air Management. Sponseller, 39, of Madison, began his duties on January 30.
The Air Management Program is responsible for implementing federal and state air pollution laws and developing plans for achieving nationally-set standards. The bureau issues air emissions permits, assures compliance, develops policy and monitors the state's air quality.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Bart heading the Air Management Bureau," said Pat Stevens, division administrator of the DNR Air and Waste Division. "Bart brings great leadership and strategic vision for the air program and the air and waste division. I am looking forward to working with him as part of our division team."
Sponseller has worked in the department since 2004, beginning as a contract employee for the Lake Michigan Air Directors' Consortium, working on policy and science issues for the DNR. Since 2008, he has been the leader of the state's air monitoring program.
He is co-investigator on a science team for NASA that is researching the integration of data products from satellites for use by policy makers and analysts. The NASA grant is administered by Dr. Tracey Holloway of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment.
In 1999, Sponseller earned a master's degree in air resources management from the UW-Madison Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He also has a bachelor's of environmental sciences, with honors, from the University of Delaware, where he also majored in German.
Last year, Sponseller was the co-organizer of an American Council on Germany (ACG) Conference at the UW-Madison that focused on the reinvention of the industrial heartland and its auto industry and the development of sustainable supply chains. The ACG also selected him as one of 15 experts to participate in a December, 2011 study event in Germany on public policies and research relating to energy, environment and economic development.
"I believe that an open and collaborative approach, both internally and with stakeholders, is the best approach to achieving superior environmental results, while continuing to grow Wisconsin's economy," Sponseller said.
In addition to his DNR experience, Sponseller was the air toxics program coordinator for the state of Vermont, an environmental consultant in Germany, a factory line worker in a German auto plant and vegetable farm worker in the United States.
Bart bikes, hunts and spends time with his wife and two children.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Pat Stevens - 608-264-9210 or Bart Sponseller - 608-266-1058