Michael Paparian has over 35 years of experience developing and implementing California environmental and energy policy. He is a Climate Reality Leader and regularly blogs about climate change and environmental finance issues, with a California emphasis.
Mr. Paparian worked for the Sierra Club for 22 years and was its first California State Director.
Later appointed by Governor Gray Davis as the environmental member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board, Mr. Paparian led the efforts from within Cal/EPA to develop California’s e-waste legislation; he also worked on product stewardship & manufacturer responsibility, tire recycling, public participation and “greening” state government. He succeeded in making the Waste Board the first state agency in the country to adopt a goal of zero-waste.
He thereafter served as Special Consultant to the California Environmental Protection Agency, spearheading efforts to implement Governor Schwarzenegger’s Green Building Executive Order and an Environmental Management System for the Cal/EPA, achieving certification to the international ISO-14001 standard.
Mr. Paparian’s final state government posts were Executive Director of the California Pollution Control Financing Authority, where he oversaw several environmental financing and grant programs, and then Deputy State Treasurer, where he worked on environmental, health and education policy and financing issues.
Mr. Paparian currently serves on the Board of the InterEnvironment Institute, and has served on Boards and Commissions as diverse as the SolarCal Council, Hazardous Waste Management Council, Commission on Building for the 21st Century, National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative, World Conservation Union Commission on Environmental Strategy and Planning, and others.
He holds Bachelors Degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters Degree in Environmental Planning from California State University.