Handprints and Footprints

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Visionary Gregory Norris will share his concept of “handprints,” an optimistic philosophy for addressing the challenge of sustainability. The approach aims to engage people not only in reducing their footprints (negative environmental impacts), but also in creating a net-positive impact on the environment through their handprints.

We know what footprints are: measures of the negative environmental impacts.

People and organizations have footprints, and we do because the goods and services that we use every year also have footprints. We can use life cycle methods to help us understand and reduce the footprints of our lives, our organizations, our buildings, and our decisions.

At the end of the day, though, we still have footprints — that is, we’re not able to fully eliminate the fact that we each, individually and collectively, take a toll on the planet every day. What’s more, we each know that even if we COULD get our own individual footprint to zero, this alone would make only a tiny dent in the environmental challenges of this critical moment.  How can we respond?

Fortunately, we also can have handprints: positive impacts outside the scope of our own footprints.

We can help one another in the bigger work of reducing humanity’s total footprint, and bringing us collectively into balance with the ecosystems in which we live.  When our handprints are bigger than our footprints, we’re “net positive” — we give more than we take. We become net healers of the planet.

Handprinting and net positive is within reach for each and every one of us, in all countries; and for all of our organizations too!

This talk with explain handprints, and give you practical ideas for creating handprints at home, at work, and in our communities. We’ll include a look at footprints and handprints of the built environment. 

Greg-Norris-web (320x229)Gregory A. Norris, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer on Life Cycle Assessment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute

Norris is co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net-Positive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard School for Public Health, and chief scientist at the International Living Future Institute. His concept of ‘Handprints’ was featured on the front page of Time Magazine in 2012.

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation 

Gregory Norris will also be presenting an in-depth seminar on ‘Life Cycle Assessment Demystified’ immediately prior to this event, from 3:00-5:00 pm. Click here for more details.

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free for USGBC-MGC Members & Full-Time Students
$20 for Non-Members

Click here to register online!



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