Campaigns & Cases
Defend the Hudson:
Paul Zofnass is president of The Environmental Financial Consulting Group (“EFCG”), a firm he founded in 1990, to provide financial, strategic and investment banking services to the environmental and infrastructure engineering, consulting and architectural industry. His firm is headquartered in New York City, and serves as a retained advisor to many of the major global engineering/consulting firms. Paul is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard College, and an alumnus of both the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Law School. His wife is an attorney in NY, and they have two daughters, both graduates of Harvard College.
Paul is a committed environmentalist who joined the Riverkeeper Board in 2012. He is responsible for creating the “Westchester Wilderness Walk”, a roughly 250 acre preserve that he patched together by convincing his neighbors in Pound Ridge, New York, to help make possible through private contributions of land and conservation easements, upon which he has built a 10 mile long hiking trail, 40 miles from NYC, that has been hiked by thousands of visitors. He has served as a Board member of the Westchester Land Trust, which was instrumental in helping him create the Westchester Wilderness Walk. He was also a meaningful contributor to creating Harvard University’s Center on the Environment, and served on their Advisory Committee. He has also served on the Visiting Committee to Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum. He has funded a three-year initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Design to develop a protocol for measuring “Sustainability” in major civil infrastructure projects, bringing together roughly 20 of Harvard’s professors, dozens of graduate students, and the sustainability directors of 30 major engineering firms and sustainability directors from major governmental agencies (see Zofnass Infrastructure Sustainability Program at Harvard). He developed a brochure and tree identification program around the Central Park Reservoir, and recently helped design and fund a permanent exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History demonstrating “sustainability” as it occurs in a typical New England Forest. He also serves on the Faculty of the Harvard Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB). He is an avid outdoorsman, and has spent significant portions of his summers over the past 40 years, sailing and cruising the New England Coast, and the Hudson River.