Zev Paiss serves as the Chief Operating Officer of APA. He is the firm’s in-house Mac consultant and provides technical expertise and common sense system-based solutions to client programs. He oversees website development, budget management and provides inspiration for client material and videos we produce. Zev produced the first video on sustainable cohousing development entitled: “Neighborhoods for People” in 1995, and “Developing Sustainable Neighborhoods for Today’s Housing Market” in 2008.
From February 2014 through September 2016, he created and served as the founding Executive Director of the National Hemp Association. Through his leadership, the trade organization became the leading industrial hemp association in the nation. He founded the Hemp Marketplace and Herb-a-lites and serves as a hemp consultant and broker to hemp businesses across the U.S. and internationally.
A Colorado resident since 1985, Zev has served as a nationally recognized sustainability consultant to cohousing and New Urbanist projects in CA, CO, MA, NM, NC, TX, UT, etc. He is known for his expertise in Meeting Facilitation and Consensus Building, Environmental Planning, Renewable Energy and Transportation, and Neighborhood Community Building.
Zev has been interviewed by many of the country’s leading national print and broadcast media including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NBC “Dateline,” and CNN among others. He has traveled across the United States as a guest speaker at national and state conferences and is a popular presenter about Sustainable Development, Aging in Community and Creating Positive Futures.
A visionary and author, Zev has translated his understanding surrounding creating sustainable futures into two published novels. His first novel From Here to There: A Story of America’s Futuretells the story about what is truly possible for America. Set in the not-too-distant future, the story takes the reader on a journey to the year 2020 when daily life remains hard except for the privileged. The reader is then transported 40 years further into the future, to the year 2060, when many of our most difficult challenges have been overcome. This futuristic vision of a sustainable society is set within a mystery thriller. Both softcover and ebook versions are now available.
Zev’s second book is a fast-paced mystery entitled Silo 42: Deception set within the New York Times bestselling dystopian world of WOOL written by Hugh Howey. This suspense-filled adventure contains real and practical solutions for the most pressing issues facing our planet today around energy use, food production, personal mental and physical health, and more. Silo 42: Deception is available at Amazon.comas both an ebook and a softbound version.