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Board of Directors


Gregory A. Norris

Greg Norris founded and is executive director of New Earth. In 1996 Norris founded Sylvatica, an international life cycle assessment institute ( which consults 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. He is Visiting Professor with the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas, where he participates in The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), helping TSC advance the availability of valid and transparent life cycle inventory data. Norris has lead the development of the methods, modeling, and software to implement LCA within the US Green Building Council's LEED rating system. Norris teaches LCA at Harvard, where he is Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an editor for the International Journal of LCA, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management.


Catherine Benoit

Catherine Benoît is Social Assessments and Strategy director at New Earth, a non-profit organization ( In particular she is the co-creator and executive director of New Earth Social Hotspots Database project ( She is the lead editor of the Guidelines for S-LCA that were published by the UNEP Life Cycle Initiative in May 2009 ( Catherine is a visiting scholar at the University of New Hampshire and a project leader within the Sustainability Consortium. In 2008, she joined Sylvatica (, a Life Cycle Assessment consulting firm, directing Social LCA projects. She is also leading the development of the social sustainability assessment capabilities of Earthster ( Prior to her current positions, she was the research coordinator for social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) within CIRAIG (, based at the University of Quebec at Montreal business school ( for 6 years (2004-2009). Catherine is also an advisor to sustainable purchasing initiatives, to social responsibility supply chains metrics development initiatives, to the Ecoinvent committee on impact indicators, a project leader within the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and the co-coordinator of the Stewardship index for specialty crops Human Resources metrics development group.


Bob Berkebile, FAIA

Principal | BNIM
Any list of accomplished, influential environmentalists and preservationists includes Bob Berkebile. Highly regarded by fellow professionals, Bob focuses on improving the quality of life in our society with the integrity and spirit of his firm’s work. In 2011, BNIM was selected for the AIA National Architecture Firm Award, the organization’s highest honor, for their role in promoting green building design. Bob also received a 2009 Heinz Award from Theresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation for his commitment and action towards restoring social, economic and environmental vitality to America’s communities through sustainable architecture and planning. He was also listed as number 3 on a list of the Top 5 U.S. Individual Role Models for green and sustainable design in the 2009 and 2010 Design Intelligence Sustainable Design Survey.


Allen L. White, Ph.D.

Allen L. White is Vice President and Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute, Boston, and directs the Institute’s corporate redesign program. He co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative in 1997 and served as Acting Chief Executive through 2002. In 2004, he co-founded and now directs Corporation 20/20, an initiative focused on designing future corporations to sustain social purpose. Dr. White advises multilaterals, foundations, corporations, and NGOs on corporate responsibility, governance and sustainability strategy.
He has served on advisory boards and committees of the International Corporate Governance Network, ISO, Civic Capital (a social investment fund) and Instituto Ethos (Brazil). He was founding Chair of iScale, a non-profit dedicated scaling social innovation and building capacity among global, multistakeholder organizations. Dr. White is a Founding Steward of the New Economy Network, Senior Advisor to Business for Social Responsibility and a Fulbright Scholar in Lima, Peru. He is co-author of Corporate Environmentalism in a Global Economy and has published and spoken widely on corporate sustainability, governance and accountability.


Robert Harriss

Robert Harriss is President and CEO of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), an institution devoted to sustainability science, engineering, and education.

He is an educator and researcher with a passion for creating collaborative, interdisciplinary environments that inspire youth and the larger public to consider and engage in the grand challenges of the 21st century.
Robert has previously studied environments in the coastal Gulf of Mexico, the Amazon Basin, and the North American Arctic. Using measurements from ships, aircraft, and satellites he and his students and colleagues have aimed to describe and model how “earth systems” work. He has been a faculty member at Florida State University, University of New Hampshire, Texas A&M University, and a researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Bob also served for ten years as a senior scientist at the NASA Langley Research Center and three years as Science Director of the Earth Science Program at NASA Headquarters.

Robert is currently engaged in a sustained transdisciplinary dialogue with scientists, humanists, architects, and artists concerning transitions, risks, and resilience in the contemporary era of globalization driven by accelerating technological innovation. See:;;; and


Doreen MacGillis

Doreen MacGillis is the Executive Director of the York Land Trust, a member-supported nonprofit organization in York, Maine dedicated to conserving and protecting lands of ecological, scenic, agricultural, historic and cultural significance for the benefit of all. She oversees all aspects of the Trust including land acquisition and development of conservation easements, distribution of information and guidance to landowners, financial management, fundraising, staff supervision, board development and collaboration with other conservation organizations.
Doreen has been with the Trust since 1999 and is a founder of the Mount Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative (MtA2C). Since 2002, MtA2C has raised over $23 million, protected 44 properties totaling 2,775 acres and has worked closely with communities and town governments to develop strategies beyond land conservation to strengthen the ecological and community fabric of a six-town area in Southern Maine.

Previous to her work with York Land Trust, Doreen was the Regional Manager of the Educational Products Group at the Environmental Hazards Management Institute, a nonprofit environmental education organization in Durham, NH. Her other work experience includes events planning, marketing communications and outreach for several non-profit organizations.

Doreen has served on the Board of Directors of several nonprofit organizations including the Center for Whole Communities. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Marketing from Central Connecticut State University.


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