Paul Polizzotto’s career in social enterprise began in 1989 with his first venture, the industrial/environmental cleaning company Property Prep. A lifelong surfer, Paul melded his passion for the ocean with his talent for entrepreneurship and pioneered Urban Watershed Cleaning and Zero Discharge — two technologies that scrub toxins from parking lots and industrial sites, thus preventing run-off from entering storm drain systems and polluting the waters into which they feed.
As president of EcoMedia, the company he founded in 2002, Paul created and oversees the EcoAd, WellnessAd, and EducationAd programs. Through these innovative product offerings, a portion of each ad buy is directed to an environmental, health, or education project in a local community.
Paul’s pioneering work has garnered numerous awards and accolades including the EPA’s “Environmental Hero” recognition (1999), the Santa Monica Baykeeper’s and Waterkeeper Alliance’s “Keeper Award” (2002), and Coastal Living’s Leadership Award (2003). In 2006, Vanity Fair magazine named him an Environmental Visionary, and in 2009, EcoMedia received the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships award.
Paul serves on the Board of Advisors of Waterkeeper Alliance and is a Grades of Green Board Member. He is a frequent guest lecturer at business schools throughout the country, including at USC’s Marshall School of Business, where he is a Senior Fellow, as well as an inaugural member of the Board of Advisors for the Society and Business Lab.