Director, Sustainability & Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Gregory Norris Directs SHINE (the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise) at MIT; SHINE is an MIT/Harvard joint initiative. His research focuses on advancing and applying methods for Net Positive sustainability: creation and assessment of positive social and environmental “handprints” that exceed the actor’s footprints. Greg teaches Life Cycle Assessment at Harvard, and directs graduate student research there. He serves as Chief Scientist with the International Living Future Institute, where he helped design and launch and now helps to advance the Living Product Challenge. In 1996 he founded Sylvatica which applied and advanced LCA methods and tools through 2010. He founded the non-profit New Earth in 2003 to promote collaboration between industry and civil society on community-driven sustainable development at a global level. In 2015 he co-founded NewEarth B, a public benefit corporation focused on bringing the Social Hotspot Database and the Handprinter platform both to scale for maximum possible positive impact. He lives in Southern Maine.