Greg Norris is Adjunct Lecturer with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he teaches life cycle assessment (LCA) and advises graduate students in related research. He is a Visiting Professor with the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas, where he serves as Director of Research for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Greg is also Chief Scientist with the International Living Future Institute, where he is helping to advance ILFI’s new work on “Living Products,” which are products whose life cycles “give more than they take”, for people and planet.
Norris founded New Earth, a non-profit institute developing and deploying technologies that enable people around the world to drive sustainable development “from the bottom up.” Its projects include Earthster (www.earthster.org), an open source platform for product-level sustainability assessment; Handprinter (www.handprinter.org), which helps people take actions at home and at work which more than compensate for their environmental and social “footprints”; and the Social Hot Spots Database (www.socialhotspots.org), a transparent data source on supply chain impacts and opportunities for improving human rights, working conditions, community and other social impacts.
In 1996 Norris founded Sylvatica, an international life cycle assessment institute (www.sylvatica.com) which consults on LCA to the UN, governments in the US and abroad, a variety of Fortune 500 companies, industrial associations, and smaller companies, and the non-profit sector. Norris is a member of the Royal Government of Bhutan’s International Expert Working Group, comprised of 50-60 top economists, scientists, philosophers, and accomplished professionals from around the world, commissioned to draft a new global development paradigm to promote wellbeing and happiness as a global goal through effective and pragmatic international public policies. He is an editor for the International Journal of LCA, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management.