3p Contributor: Mary Mazzoni

Mary Mazzoni Based in Philadelphia, Mary Mazzoni is a senior editor at TriplePundit. She is also a freelance journalist with a passion for storytelling and sustainability. Her work has appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News, Earth911, the Huffington Post, Sustainable Brands and the Daily Meal.

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian with an interest in climate resilience, clean tech and food justice. You can contact her at mary@triplepundit.com or @mary_mazzoni on Twitter.

Recent Articles

3p Weekend: 10 ‘Role Models’ Walk the Runway at NYFW

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday February 20th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Budding designer Carrie Hammer made headlines with her debut runway show this month, 'Role Models, Not Runway Models.'

Budding designer Carrie Hammer made headlines with her debut runway show this month, ‘Role Models, Not Runway Models.’

With a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business

Carrie Hammer graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in economics, and began her career as an advertising sales executive. At her new job, Hammer set out to dress for success, but she felt stifled with the limited options of fashionable professional clothing for women.

After years working in corporate advertising, Hammer left in 2012 to start her own company, Carrie Hammer, a custom dress line for professional businesswomen. The premise behind her brand is that “clothing should be made to fit the woman, and not the other way around.”

Hammer made headlines with her debut runway show this month, ‘Role Models Not Runway Models,’ which included powerhouse women from CEOs and entrepreneurs, to the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week.

This week we tip our hats to Hammer for her bold choice — and to her beautiful ‘role models’ who turned heads on the runway and kept us inspired.

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Walmart to Increase Wages to $9 an Hour for 500,000 Workers

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday February 20th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Jesse Lopez, 27, an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers, holds a sign during a 2012 protest at a Pico Rivera, California Walmart.

Jesse Lopez, 27, an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers, holds a sign during a 2012 protest at a California Walmart.

Walmart announced earnings on Thursday. Between fourth-quarter figures for earnings-per-share, comp sales and revenue was a stunning announcement: The retail giant plans to increase wages for 40 percent of its workforce, some 500,000 employees.

The move will bring wages for hourly associates up to $9 per hour by April, $1.75 above today’s federal minimum wage, the company said. The following year, by Feb. 1, 2016, current associates will earn at least $10 per hour.

This is huge news for the company, the largest private employer in America, which has faced mounting pressure from employees and advocacy groups to increase wages. It was the target of a slew of protests last year that culminated in demonstrations at 1,600 Walmart stores on Black Friday. The company has also taken flak for holding canned food drives for its own employees. And a 2014 study estimated that Walmart workers cost taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance like food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing.

So, is the big-box giant long bemoaned as the poster child for unlivable wages finally turning over a new leaf? 

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Volkswagen Exec: We Need More Federal Investment in Electric Vehicles

Mary Mazzoni
| Saturday February 14th, 2015 | 2 Comments

(Anders Krusberg/Newscast Creative)A top Volkswagen executive had bold words for Washington at the 2015 Electric Drive Congress seminar on Tuesday.

During his presentation, Jörg Sommer, Volkswagen’s VP of product marketing and strategy, said the company believes continued legislative support is needed to reach the next level of electric vehicle adoption.

“Automakers have effectively delivered electric vehicles that can satisfy the needs of most American drivers,” Sommer said this week in Washington, D.C. “In addition to the investment we and other companies and industries are making, we would like to see federal financing support for establishing fast-charging networks in urban areas and interstate corridors.”

Sommer’s statements come on the heels of Volkswagen’s announcement that it will partner with BMW and ChargePoint to create express-charging corridors on the East and West coasts.

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3p Weekend: 7 Brands We’re Crushing On this Valentine’s Day

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday February 13th, 2015 | 1 Comment
Packaging made from recovered ocean trash? Stop it, we're getting weak in the knees!

Packaging made from recovered ocean trash? Stop it, we’re getting weak in the knees!

With a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

When it comes to corporate responsibility, far too many major brands are like a bad boyfriend: Sure, their claims sound great at first, but it doesn’t take much follow-up before their true colors come out, leaving you disappointed and in desperate need of a rebound.

But hey, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and no one wants to hear those stories. To celebrate this day of love, this week we’re tipping our hats to seven brand crushes that have never let us down.

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3p Weekend: 11 Sustainable U.S. Wineries

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday February 6th, 2015 | 3 Comments

WineWith a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

A few months back, we ran a roundup of the top 10 sustainable U.S. breweries. As the list made its rounds on social media, a few of you asked us to give a nod to the wine-lovers out there. You asked, we answered. Break out those glasses, and toast the weekend with a sip from one of these 11 sustainable U.S. wineries.

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3p Weekend: The Best (Cause Marketing) Super Bowl Ads of All Time

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday January 30th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Before you bust out the snacks this Sunday, you may want to reach for a tissue, because you're about to feel things.

Before you bust out the snacks on Sunday, you may want to reach for a tissue, because you’re about to feel things.

With a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

The perennial frenzy over Super Bowl ads is upon us. As we gear up for the biggest game of the year, it always seems like half the viewers are more excited about the commercials than anything else. So, before we turn on our TVs this Sunday, let’s take a moment to recognize companies that used their million-dollar ad spots for something bigger than themselves. Grab a tissue, you may need it.

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3p Weekend: 10 Cities On the Cutting Edge

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday January 23rd, 2015 | 1 Comment

2460648191_df0c37ff33_zWith a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

While we’ve been busy predicting trends for 2015, major cities around the world are already making it happen. This week we tip our hats to 10 cities hard at work building the urban centers of tomorrow. The future is now.

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Volkswagen, BMW Join Forces to Create EV-Charging Corridor

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday January 23rd, 2015 | 0 Comments

(Anders Krusberg/Newscast Creative)At the 2015 Washington Auto Show, two top automakers announced an initiative to create express-charging corridors on the East and West coasts.

Together with ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network, the American divisions of Volkswagen and BMW hope that increased access to fast-charging stations will speed U.S. adoption of electric vehicles, the companies said in a press conference on Thursday.

If this sounds familiar, that’s probably because it is. The ever-elusive “electric highway” has been in the making for years, and many companies have tried and failed to make it happen. But this latest endeavor, which will add to the growing ChargePoint network of more than 20,000 locations in North America, just may bring Americans closer to the dream of an electrified road trip.

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3p Weekend: 30 CSR Pros to Follow in 2015

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday January 16th, 2015 | 5 Comments

8476983849_eeba1942cb_zWith a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

Twitter is one of our favorite spots to catch up on the latest and greatest in sustainability. If you resolved to be more informed and more connected in 2015, we’re here to help. Check out these 30 corporate social responsibility (CSR) pros (listed in no particular order) to follow this year, and give that newsfeed a boost. 

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3p Weekend: 10 CSR Trends to Watch Out for (And 9 to Ditch) in 2015

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday January 9th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Campbells_PWC_TwitterWith a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

To kick 2015 off right, this week TriplePundit hosted a Twitter chat to project the top sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) trends of 2015.

Joining us were Rebecca Caplan, director of the PwC Charitable Foundation (tweeting from @PwCFoundation), Shannon Schuyler, principal corporate responsibility leader at PwC and president of the PwC Foundation (@ShannonSchuyler) and Dave Stangis, chief sustainability officer for Campbell’s Soup Co. (@DaveStangis).

Each of these thought leaders shared ideas that gained so much attention they made Tuesday’s chat one of our most popular ever. In case you missed it, check out the top 10 trends our panelists and audience predicted for 2015. As an added bonus, scroll down to the bottom for nine irksome trends we can’t wait to kiss goodbye this year.

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3p Weekend: Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers From Our Favorite B Corps

Mary Mazzoni
| Saturday December 20th, 2014 | 1 Comment

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If you waited until the last minute for stocking stuffers (again), bypass those dollar-store trinkets, and give  a gift you believe in.

We’re big fans of the B Corp movement, having received our B Corporation status earlier this year, and shopping from B Corps is a great way to know you’re getting an ethically made product.

With more than 1,000 companies already in the B Corp community, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. Here are 10 of our top picks to get you started. 

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3p Weekend: 10 Crowdfunding Campaigns to Support This Holiday

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday December 19th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 6.52.46 PMWith a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

As is always our motto around the holidays: It’s better to give than to receive. With that in mind, this week we’re rounding up 10 crowdfunding campaigns to support this season. For extra brownie points, donate in a loved one’s name to make everyone’s holiday a bit merrier.

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Tom’s of Maine Awards $510,000 to Nonprofits in All 50 States

Mary Mazzoni
| Wednesday December 17th, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Backyard Growers’ School Garden Program in Gloucester, Mass. has planted five gardens and harvested 500 pounds of greens for students with the help of $10,000 in Tom’s of Maine sponsorship funding received in 2013.

The Backyard Growers’ School Garden Program in Gloucester, Mass. has planted five gardens and harvested 500 pounds of greens for students with the help of $10,000 in Tom’s of Maine sponsorship funding received in 2013.

The votes are in, and 51 nonprofits from across the country will be able to give back more in their communities as winners of the Tom’s of Maine 50 States for Good community giving program.

Now in its sixth year, the 50 States for Good program rewards grassroots nonprofits with a total of $500,000 in project funding. Back in August, the natural personal care brand asked the public to nominate their favorite nonprofit organizations on social media, and thousands of entries poured in.

This year, for the first time, the program features 51 winners, one from each state and the District of Columbia — bringing this year’s project funding total to $510,000, with each organization receiving a $10,000 donation. (Scroll down for the full list of winners.)

“For the first time, we’re awarding more than $500,000 to support organizations and volunteers on the front lines of making communities stronger across the country,” said Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine. “Every community advocate we heard from – reflected in thousands of nominations – has a unique and special vision for bringing a lasting, positive impact to where they live.”

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TriplePundit’s Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday December 12th, 2014 | 0 Comments

3143621640_049229f351_zWith a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

When you have people and the planet on your mind, holiday shopping can be kind of a drag. Sure, you want to brighten your loved ones’ holiday season, but not with yet another mass-produced trinket that’s destined for the landfill before Valentine’s Day.

Skip the trip to the big-box store, and gift your friends and loved ones with durable, useful items that align with your own values. To save you some time sifting through the ever-growing — and often greenwashed — list of “eco-products,” this week we rounded up 15 sustainable presents that are sure to please everyone on your list. Holiday shopping = done.

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Talking Diversity at Net Impact ’14

Mary Mazzoni
| Tuesday November 18th, 2014 | 0 Comments

net impactThree years ago, Forbes Insights surveyed companies with more than $500 million in revenue and asked them about innovation and company culture. Of 321 polled, 85 percent agreed or strongly agreed that diversity was key to driving innovation in the workplace. A study released in October, this one co-authored by economists from MIT and George Washington University, found that gender diversity in the workplace helps firms be more productive. A 2013 Deloitte study concluded that cultivating “diversity of thought” at an organization increases innovation and problem solving. I could go on.

Despite mounting data that insists diversity is key to the sustainable growth of any business, it has been pigeonholed as an HR function for decades. But as the younger generation enters the workforce — with an expectation of “purpose, not just a paycheck” — companies are beginning to move beyond the status quo and infuse diversity into their core business practices.

“Diversity and inclusion is not a new topic of conversation. We’ve been talking about it for a very long time, but the dialogue is changing,” Cecily Joseph, VP of corporate responsibility and chief diversity officer for Symantec, said in a panel discussion at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis. “[Diversity and inclusion] sat in HR for many years, and I think companies aren’t happy with the end result.”

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