Paul Cort

Director of Right to Zero California Office


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Paul Cort is the Director of Right to Zero, based in the California regional office in San Francisco, CA. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in civil and environmental engineering, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1996.

Prior to joining Earthjustice, Paul was an attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C. and, more recently, Office of Regional Counsel for Region 9 in San Francisco.

Paul came to Earthjustice in 2005 and focuses on air pollution matters, specifically in the San Joaquin Valley. Paul is also an adjunct professor at UC Hastings where he teaches an environmental law clinic.

Paul lives in San Francisco with his wife, two daughters and their dog, Wallace.

The Latest from Paul Cort

January 25, 2022

In the News: Salon

Dust is a growing problem. What role does farmland play?

"To the extent any regulation has occurred, it's been done in a way that is super flexible to the point of being almost toothless."
May 14, 2021

In the News: Associated Press

Newsom’s green budget has something for everyone — even bees

“The need for state investment to accelerate zero-emission vehicle adoption has never been more urgent, nor has the state ever had the means it does today to enact change.”
Graphic design reading "the future is electric" over an image of an all-electric metro bus with the Earthjustice campaign name "Right to Zero" in its marquee
April 1, 2021

Electrification is Coming to D.C., Maryland, Virginia

As state and local governments look to a future free of fossil fuels, Earthjustice is organizing with our partners to help ease the transition.
Electric Truck
May 21, 2020

A Smart Solution to the ‘Deadly’ Mix of Trucking Pollution and Coronavirus

Now, more than ever, clean air and healthy lungs are priceless, says Earthjustice attorney Paul Cort.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
June 26, 2018

The Real Scott Pruitt Scandal Is His Coming Crusade to Help Car Companies Pollute More

The head of the EPA is reportedly considering a plan to thwart California’s clean air standards.
Cero emisiones, cero excusas. California da un salto hacia el futuro con energía limpia.
August 16, 2017

Luchando por nuestro derecho a una California cero-emisiones

Desde niños nos enseñan que cero es igual a nada. Pero en la lucha por el medio ambiente, cero significa todo. Tecnología cero-emisiones, quiero decir.
Zero emissions, zero excuses. California is leaping ahead to a clean air and clean energy future.
July 28, 2017

Fighting for our Right to a Zero-Emissions California

Zero emissions, zero excuses. California is leaping ahead to a clean air and clean energy future.
Smog Los Angeles
February 2, 2015

Californians Deserve Less Smog, Cleaner Air

The EPA recently held a public hearing in Sacramento on proposed stronger ozone standards.
Trump administration rolls back clean car standards
March 25, 2014

A Puzzler: How Can Weaker Air Regs Create Cleaner Air?

The California Air Resources Board seeks to relax existing regulations on diesel trucks and buses.