March 12 Monthly Program
Handprints and Footprints
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.
Gregory A. Norris, PhD
Adjunct Lecturer on Life Cycle Assessment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute
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 3:30-5:30 pm.
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114
Free for USGBC-MGC Members & Full-Time Students
$20 for Non-Members
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