2017 Fall Forum: Health and the Environment in North Carolina

Duke University Environmental Health Scholars Program

Ruth Ann Norton

President and Chief Executive Officer
Green and Healthy Homes Initiative

Ms. Ruth Ann Norton is a nationally recognized leader in the healthy homes industry. She currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a national nonprofit founded in 1986 dedicated to the elimination of childhood lead poisoning and the creation of healthy, safe and energy efficient housing for America’s children. A dedicated advocate for healthy housing, she broadened the mission of the organization, formerly the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, by designing a groundbreaking national program built on a framework of cross-sector collaboration to efficiently deliver green, healthy and safe homes in communities throughout the United States.  A founding member of the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission, Ms. Norton has led the efforts in Maryland to reduce childhood lead poisoning by 98% and has helped develop 27 pieces of state and local legislation to prevent lead poisoning and create healthier homes. In addition, she has served as a consultant to 35 state and local governments to help design effective programs to combat unhealthy housing. Over the course of her work, she has been engaged with the management, design and technical assistance for more than 30 federally funded Green and Healthy Homes programs and has helped raised more than $250 million from the public and private sector. She also serves as a federally appointed liaison to the Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and served as an expert panel member for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Healthy Homes Guidance Manual.