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Maximizing Your Handprint: Education Session on Setting “Net Positive” Sustainability Goals

2-15-2018 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Today’s sustainability commitments typically focus on calculating one’s negative environmental “footprint” and taking actions to reduce it. While this is a critical first step, it leaves out of the equation all our positive impacts, or “Handprints.” Instead of aiming for zero environmental impact, which is almost never feasible, Dr. Greg Norris, Chief Scientist for the International Living Future Institute, will explore how the Handprint framework allows individuals or organizations to set a more inspiring goal to be Net Positive, where your Handprints are greater than your footprints. Greg will review existing Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) tools and discuss how they can be adapted to evaluate Handprints. Learn how organizations have started bringing Handprinting ideas to their companies and employees, creating a culture of positive good. For more information, view the event flyer here.

This session will be valuable for organizations that are being asked to demonstrate their social and environmental impact, but the content will be relevant to all manufacturers, architects, designers, building owners and sustainability professionals. This is the second workshop in our three-part series, The Building Blocks of Living Products, which is also exploring ingredient transparency and social equity.


Gregory Norris, Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute

Benson Gabler, Pittsburgh Living Product Hub Manager, International Living Future Institute

Hosted by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, 611 William Penn Place, Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

The event will be followed by a happy hour from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.



2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Green Building Alliance
33 Terminal Way, Suite 331
Pittsburgh, PA United States


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