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Paul Tetenbaum

School: Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Department: Sustainable Water Management

Research Interests: Water Science & Systems, Climate Change, Energy Innovation, Business & Economics


Paul Tetenbaum is a Master’s student in the Sustainable Water Management (SWM) program, hosted by TIE. He expects to complete his M.S. in August 2020.

Prior to starting the SWM program at Tufts, Paul earned his B.A in Business and Environmental Studies. After graduating, he worked in Washington, D.C. as a paralegal focused on environmental issues. In that role, he concentrated on Brownfield Remediation Contract negotiation and biofuel industry litigation. The Brownfield work involved crafting suitable insurance policies for the redevelopment of decommissioned U.S. military sites. His biofuel litigation work entailed preparing and filing procedural elements related to the Renewable Fuel Standard, an amendment to the Clean Air Act which mandates that transportation fuels contain a minimum volume of biofuel.

Current Studies and Future Goals

Given the compounding issues of climate change and population growth, Paul was particularly intrigued by the opportunity SWM provides to explore various water management strategies. He also finds the program’s focus on both attaining an in-depth understanding of global water scarcity issues and acquiring the interdisciplinary skills needed to design sustainable solutions for both the public and private sectors to be especially meaningful.

Paul is excited to conduct multidimensional analyses of various water-related issues and to collaborate with other students who may have different perspectives.

After completing his degree, Paul would like to work in either project finance or consulting relating to the development of water infrastructure and renewable energy.

Fun Facts!

In his free time, one of Paul’s favorite hobbies is to cook. He likes to try his hand at creating dishes from various cuisines (sometimes with a lot more success than others). Aside from cooking, he enjoys hiking and his favorite places to hike include the Berkshires, the Presidential Mountain Range, and Mount Katahdin.

Favorite Movie/TV Show: The Lord of the Rings

Favorite Song/Artist: Led Zeppelin

Favorite Place You’ve Visited: Mount Katahdin