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Todd Paglia, Executive Director of ForestEthics

Name: Todd Paglia 

Occupation: Executive Director of ForestEthics 

Place of Residence: Bellingham, Washington 

Background and Personal History: 

When Todd Paglia joined ForestEthics in 1999, he had a vision of transforming the environmental impact of something so ubiquitous that it’s often forgotten – paper. He saw that major corporations in the office supply and catalog industries were purchasing and selling millions of tons of paper — with no accountability for, or even knowledge of, the environmental devastation caused by that paper. 

As executive director of ForestEthics, Paglia can be credited with transforming the paper policies of multi-billion-dollar Fortune 500 companies, including Staples, Office Depot, Williams-Sonoma, Dell, Victoria’s Secret, and many more. In terms of forest protection, the results have been inspiring. Under Paglia’s leadership, ForestEthics has saved more than 65 million acres of endangered forests. In addition, recycled pulp mills are operating at record-high capacity — and independent analysis has attributed the change directly to demand from companies that ForestEthics has transformed.

Paglia’s work at ForestEthics has been recognized with his selection to the annual “Hot 20 Under 40” list published by 7×7 Magazine, San Francisco’s glamour and culture publication. Paglia was the only environmental leader selected, as the article noted, because “few activists have succeeded in the practical business of hitting earth abusers where it really hurts — their wallets.” Paglia was also chosen as one of Ethisphere magazine’s 100 most influential people in business ethics.

Paglia has challenged some of the largest companies in the world to become environmental leaders on the Today Show, NPR’s Marketplace as well in stories in the Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesTime MagazineBusiness Week, and many other publications. In March 2007, Paglia was a featured speaker at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum.

Before joining ForestEthics in 1999, Mr. Paglia was an attorney for Ralph Nader focusing on consumer protection issues such as environmental purchasing by governmental agencies to spur alternative markets, enforcement of antitrust laws, corporate welfare issues and corporate accountability. Mr. Paglia received his Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University, SUNY, his J.D. from the New England School of Law, and his LL.M. from George Washington University, National Law Center, in Environmental Law and Policy.

He lives in Bellingham, Wash., with his wife Shannon and two young sons, Nico and Luca.

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