shown: Virgin Falls, Sparta Tennessee
Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
Paul Sloan is Deputy Commissioner at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). He heads the department's Bureau of Environment and leads the senior management team responsible for safeguarding human health and protecting the quality of Tennessee's land, air and water.
Paul holds a law degree from Vanderbilt University and came to TDEC in 2005 following a career that includes success in education, law, business and conservation advocacy. He was a founding board member of Cumberland Region Tomorrow, a former trustee of The Nature Conservancy and a former board member of the Cumberland River Compact.
Paul also has a long-standing interest in identifying practical ways public policy can create a more sustainable future for Tennessee and the region. He has worked closely with the Governor's Office and other local, state and federal agencies on critical issues involving water resources, energy conservation and alternative fuels in Tennessee.