Dr. Connett is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. Since 1983, Paul taught chemistry at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where he specialized in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology. He retired in May 2006. Over the past 28 years his research on waste management has taken him to 49 states in the US, 7 provinces in Canada and 61 other countries, where he has given over 2500 pro bono public presentations. Ralph Nader said of Paul Connett, "He is the only person I know who can make waste interesting.”
A recent essay on “Zero Waste for Sustainability” along with several videotapes Paul has made on Zero Waste, can be accessed at www.AmericanHealthStudies.org This site is hosted by the group AEHSP (American Environmental Health Studies Project) which Paul directs.
In 2010, Paul gave two presentations on Zero Waste to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.
In March 2012, Paul was the lead author of a book published in Italian entitled, “Zero Waste: A Revolution in Progress.” In addition to covering the Zero Waste movement in Italy, this book contains guest essays from 10 experts on Zero waste from North America.
An updated and greatly expanded version of this text was published in English by Chelsea Green in 2013. This book (with a foreword by actor Jeremy Irons) is titled: The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time.