Maximizing Your Handprint: How to Set “Net Positive” Sustainability Goals

The Living Product Challenge is an aspirational framework for manufacturers to make healthy products that give back more than they take from the environment and society. The Building Blocks of Living Products is a three-part education series that will explore key components of the Living Product framework: transparent material health, net positive life cycle impacts, and social equity.

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.


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Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm