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photo Paul Zorner
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Paul is Senior Director of Business Development at Diversa Corporation in San Diego, a company that discovers and produces enzymes that convert renewable resources, such as corn and cellulosic biomass, into renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. He is also Adjunct Professor of Horticulture at North Carolina State University, a biotech advisor to the Queensland, Australia, government, and serves on several corporate and non-profit foundation boards. He first learned of E2 when E2 Southern California chapter leader Lee Stein brought co-founder Bob Epstein and E2 member Anna Halpern-Lande (who were working then to pass California’s biofuels legislation, AB 1007) to Diversa for a tour of the facilities. After observing E2’s network and the remarkable passion and dedication of E2 members, Paul decided he needed to be part of it all. "E2 members have both tremendous integrity and tremendous clout, and they are willing to contribute of themselves whatever it takes to achieve what they believe. They also have remarkably open minds to other people’s ideas and options on how to pursue those ideas. It’s really exciting to be part of such a remarkable team of people."

Paul was very involved in E2’s AB 32 campaign. Working with Bob, he researched alternative fuel processes that would best contribute to the greenhouse gas emissions reductions California is looking for, compared different ethanol options and explored the feasibility of electricity generation as a byproduct of ethanol production. Paul met with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce to advocate for the global warming bill, helping to get the word out to the press that businesses were divided on - not uniformly against - carbon caps. Like other E2 members who were involved in passing AB 32, he plans to continue to help E2 and NRDC on implementation of the bill.

Paul is also part of an effort that includes Diversa, E2 and NRDC’s International Program, to make Costa Rica a ’carbon-neutral’ country. He continues to work with Anna Halpern-Lande on forming a California-focused cellulosic ethanol working group to increase expertise, research and interest, in these types of biofuels. He is extremely interested in reaching out to K-12 educators and students to increase their understanding of alternative fuels and the positive impact greater use will have on global economics and security. He has also brought his expertise on the biofuels sector as a panelist at E2 San Francisco’s EcoSalon, "Driving the Cleantech Market" (September 20, 2006). 

"I’ve done many things in my career I feel good about, but I am especially proud of being part of E2. It’s a remarkable group of people with tremendous passion and skills, as well as a tremendous vehicle to do things of importance to our world in an ethical and structured way. It has really opened my eyes to the fact that you really can relate sound environmental policy to good business practices."

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