Who We Are

Our Founder

PAUL ZOFNASS

Paul founded the Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG) in 1990 after 17 years in finance at Citibank and at Oppenheimer, where he was a Managing Director in Investment Banking.  He is an alumnus of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.  Paul was the leading strategic and financial advisor to CEOs in the environmental and infrastructure engineering and consulting industry for over 30 years.

Paul Zofnass

Paul is a long-term environmentalist, playing a major role in initiating Harvard’s Environmental Studies Program in the 1990’s; initiating and contributing the Zofnass Tree Identification Program to NYC’s Central Park; creating the Zofnass Family Preserve/Westchester Wilderness Walk, a 250-acre nature preserve with a 10-mile long hiking trail in Pound Ridge, NY; designing and donating a permanent New England Forest Exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History; creating the Zofnass Infrastructure Sustainability Program at Harvard to develop a rating system to measure “Sustainability” as it applies to major civil infrastructure projects.

 

This system is now known as “Envision”, and is managed by the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI),  founded by three major engineering professional associations (ASCE, ACEC, and APWA), and on which Paul previously served as a Board Member.The Envision Rating System is now used around the world, including the recent renovation of LaGuardia Airport and the Tappan Zee Bridge, and over 9,000 engineers have been trained and credentialed as an ENVSP (Envision Sustainability Professional).

 

Paul is also a member of the Advisory Board of Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.  He’s a Board member of Riverkeeper and served on the Board of the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge and on the Board of the Westchester Land Trust for many years.

Recently, Paul was presented and honored with the 2021 EBJ Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more about it here.