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Edward M. Michalenko, President
Ph.D., State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry (SUNY ESF)


Edward M. Michalenko, Ph.D. serves as President of the Onondaga Environmental Institute (OEI).  The OEI is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to public education, scientific research, planning and restoration of the environment. Dr. Michalenko is currently administering several grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to OEI for the revitalization of Onondaga Creek, habitat enhancement and non-point source pollution control to Onondaga Lake, and water quality monitoring and public education on behalf of the Onondaga Nation.  He received a doctoral degree from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) at Syracuse, NY in 1991.  Dr. Michalenko has performed research on the effects of chemicals in the environment including the Solvay wastebeds, which form the western shore of Onondaga Lake; and mollucsides used to control zebra mussels in industrial cooling waters, sewage sludge additions to strip-mined reclamation sites, and supplemental wood preservative applications to utility poles in Adirondack wetlands.  He conducted the first basewide Ecological Risk Assessment of a military installation at Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL, and designed and implemented the first ever field monitoring program of an aerially applied pesticide for non-agricultural purposes.  Dr Michalenko has co-authored five books and over 40 technical publications on environmental fate and effects of chemicals for the USEPA, National Library of Medicine, and the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry.  He also held adjunct faculty positions at ESF and Syracuse University, where he has taught courses in ecology, the American environmental movement, environmental science, and environmental education for teachers.

Dr. Michalenko is also the Town Supervisor of Dewitt NY.  Dewitt is a suburb community of Syracuse, NY with a population of about 25,000.  Dr. Michalenko designed Dewitt’s tiered Solid Waste Removal System that promotes recycling and waste reduction, helped establish a Town Park at Fiddler’s Green along Butternut Creek, and serves as a founding Director of the Fiddlers Green Park Association.  He is actively pursuing alternate energy technologies for Town facilities, acquisition of parklands and greenspace, development of a Townwide recreational trial system, and the formation of conservation overlay districts and flood control strategies along Butternut and Ley Creeks.