Greg Norris is co-director of SHINE (the Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net-positive Enterprise), an initiative of the Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Health and the Global Environment. He also conducts research, advises graduate students, and teaches life cycle assessment (LCA) at the Harvard School of Public Health.
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, an open-source platform for product-level sustainability assessment; Handprinter, which helps people take actions at home and at work to compensate for their environmental and social footprints; and the Social Hot Spots Database, a transparent data source on supply chain impacts and opportunities for improving human rights, working conditions, and community. In 1996, Norris founded Sylvatica, an international life cycle assessment institute that has consulted on LCA to the UN, governments in the US and abroad, a variety of Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller companies, industrial associations, and the nonprofit sector.
Norris is a member of the Royal Government of Bhutan's International Expert Working Group, comprised of sixty experts from around the world. They are commissioned to draft a new global development paradigm during 2013-2014 to promote human flourishing 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.
PhD, University of New Hampshire