Greg Norris


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 at HSPH.

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 which more than 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, community and other social impacts. In 1996 Norris founded Sylvatica, an international life cycle assessment institute ( which has consulted 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 60 experts from around the world 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.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of New Hampshire, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Co-Director, Co-Director, Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise
Harvard School of Public Health
Business & Finance
Energy & Climate Change
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