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: Top 5 Corporate Bike-to-Work Incentives in the U.S.

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday May 9th, 2014 | 1 Comment

patagonia bike to workWith 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.

We all know that biking to work is a great way to cut back on carbon emissions. But in case a trimmer waistline and a lighter footprint isn’t enough motivation for busy commuters, a growing number of companies are sweetening the deal with perks and incentives designed to get employees pedaling. Here are five of our favorites.

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3p Weekend: 10 Companies Thriving in American Downtowns

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday May 2nd, 2014 | 1 Comment
Downtown Container Park, which includes this treehouse for kids, is one of many newly opened businesses in downtown Las Vegas spurred by a $350 million private fund.

Downtown Containerpark, which is made from shipping containers and includes this cool treehouse for kids, is one of many newly opened businesses in downtown Las Vegas spurred by a $350 million private fund.

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 migration of major companies from urban downtowns to surrounding suburbs has spanned decades. Across the U.S., commuters sit idly in traffic jams while cities become blighted by decreased business activity and population loss. But as more Americans move back to once-forgotten urban centers, top companies are doing the same — bolstering their bottom lines and revitalizing downtowns in the process.

1. Zappo’s CEO is turning Las Vegas into startup paradise

In 2011, Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh announced he was starting a $350 million fund to transform a blighted stretch of downtown Las Vegas into a hotspot for young entrepreneurs. Hsieh has big dreams with his Downtown Project – from “empowering people to follow their passions” to creating a “vibrant, connected urban core” and the “co-working capital of the world” — but with $200 million allocated to real estate development alone, he has a solid shot at making it happen.

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3p Weekend: 7 Eco Apps That Are Actually Worth Downloading

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday April 25th, 2014 | 4 Comments
GiveO2 helps Android and iOS users track their carbon footprints and support sustainable projects around the world.

GiveO2 helps Android and iOS users track their carbon footprints and support sustainable projects around the world.

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.

Whether you’re on iOS or Android, your app store is likely crowded with “green” applications, each claiming to be next big thing. Sounds great and all, but on closer examination most of these apps receive dismal reviews and often aren’t worth the download space. To save you some time scouring the app store, this week 3p rounded up seven apps that are actually useful for reducing environmental impact and spending your dollar where it counts.

1. GiveO2

In a crowd of carbon footprint trackers, GiveO2 stands out. Debuted at SXSW 2013, this bilingual app for iOs and Android allows users to easily monitor the carbon footprint of their daily commutes — whether it’s by car, bike, public transit or a combination of the three. The app works with your GPS so you don’t have to worry about typing in miles manually, and, miraculously, it also promises not to drain your battery life.

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SAP’s ‘Autism at Work’ Initiative: An Insatiable Appetite for Improvement

Mary Mazzoni
| Thursday April 24th, 2014 | 0 Comments
A candidate in SAP's Autism at Work program uses robotics technology to demonstrate problem-solving skills and creativity while adjusting to a new work environment.

A candidate in SAP’s Autism at Work program uses robotics technology to demonstrate problem-solving skills and creativity while adjusting to a new work environment.

In May of last year, SAP announced the launch of Autism at Work – a unique global initiative to employ people with autism.  The ultimate goal of the program is to have 1 percent of the company’s total work force, or about 650 people in today’s numbers, represent people on the autism spectrum by 2020. Beyond these hard figures, the software solutions giant hopes to achieve what it calls “on-boarding equivalency,” meaning that the company has reached a point that it takes the same amount of effort to hire and train a candidate with autism as someone who is not on the spectrum, Jose Velasco, who heads up the program for SAP in the U.S., told Triple Pundit.

“Our idea is that we want to reach that level of maturity within the organization by 2020 — hopefully before that,” Velasco explained.

To achieve its goal, the company embarked on several pilot programs around the globe and has already hired seven candidates on the spectrum in Germany, as well as three candidates in Ireland. This year, the pilot will extend to two of the company’s facilities in Canada, as well as two locations here in the U.S. — comprising seven to nine candidates who are starting work at the company’s Palo Alto, Calif. and Newtown Square, Pa. facilities. All totaled, the company will hire 14 candidates on the autism spectrum by the end of April, with plans to extend the pilot to Brazil later this year.

“We very strongly believe that in order for us to get better at employing people in the spectrum we have to start by walking first,” Velasco said. “Throughout the year of 2014, we’ll continue to learn. We’ll design our processes, fortify our processes …. And towards the beginning of next year, we’ll start hiring more people on a larger scale.”

This is all fantastic news, but you may be wondering: Why is SAP doing this in the first place? Surely the company’s status allows it to take its pick from top candidates in the IT field, so why rock the boat? Velasco boils it down to one central corporate philosophy: “An insatiable appetite for improvement”.

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Tell Us About Your Favorite B Corp for a Chance to Win $100 at Indigenous

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday April 18th, 2014 | 0 Comments

B-the-Change-StampWith 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.

According to the nonprofit B Lab, “B Corp certification is to sustainable business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.”

We at Triple Pundit received our B Corporation status last month — joining more than 950 other forward-thinking companies across all industries that are are well known for their positive impacts on both people and planet.

Now, we want to hear from you. What’s your favorite B Corp? Tell us about it on social media for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Indigenous.

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3p Weekend: 10 Clever (and Conscious) Ad Campaigns That Won the Internet

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday April 11th, 2014 | 0 Comments
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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 FridayTriplePundit 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.

It’s tough to deliver a truly great ad campaign these days.  The good news is that despite an an ever-expanding sea of competition, ads that appeal to social consciousness are cutting through the crowd. With that in mind, this week we’re featuring 10 clever and socially conscious ad campaigns that won the Internet.

1. U.N. Women’s Autocomplete campaign

Released late last year, this ad campaign rocked the Web by featuring portraits of women with discriminatory Google autocomplete results covering their mouths. The campaign, developed as a creative idea for U.N. Women by Memac Ogilvy and Mather Dubai, features portraits of women with autocomplete results for search terms like “women should” and “women shouldn’t” covering their mouths. The results were disturbing, with responses like women should “be in the kitchen” and women shouldn’t “have rights.”

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3p Weekend: 10 Companies You May Be Surprised Still Manufacture in the U.S.

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday April 4th, 2014 | 3 Comments

6086524367_46261c3e10_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.

“Made in the U.S.A” isn’t exactly the norm these days. More than 97 percent of apparel and 98 percent of shoes sold in the U.S. are made overseas, compared to 5 percent in the 1960s. Nevertheless, a 2013 poll found that 78 percent of Americans would rather buy an American product if given the opportunity.

We can all rattle off a few small, niche companies that manufacture on this side of the pond (and everyone knows those Chryslers are “Imported from Detroit”), but do any other big names manufacture in the U.S. anymore? Surprisingly, yes. 

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Interview: Brandon Tidwell on Darden Restaurants’ 2013 Citizenship Update

Mary Mazzoni
| Thursday April 3rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

Darden Harvest1Earlier this year, Darden Restaurants, the Fortune 500 restaurant giant known for brands like Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and Bahama Breeze, released its 2013 Citizenship Update – which includes some pretty impressive numbers related to sustainability, culture and corporate social responsibility (CSR). With more than 2,100 restaurants in its portfolio, the world’s largest full-service restaurant operating company is making it clear that sustainability is a priority in its latest report.

Thanks to water reduction efforts that have been in place since 2009, Darden achieved its water reduction goal of 15 percent less per restaurant two years early. The company also set a goal to shrink energy use by 15 percent per restaurant by 2015 (compared to a 2008 baseline), which it is well on the way to achieving with a 12.3 percent drop as of last year, according the update.

As of 2013, the company’s Darden Harvest program, which sends fresh food that isn’t served to community food banks across the U.S. and Canada, has donated more than 66 million pounds of food with a fair market value of nearly $600 million since its inception in 2004. The company is also making waves in sustainable seafood sourcing, an increasingly important issue as ocean health concerns mount. Last year Darden bought 100 percent of its shrimp, 85 percent of its salmon and 80 percent of its tilapia and catfish according to the Global Aquaculture Alliance Standards.

I recently the chance to chat with Brandon Tidwell, manager of sustainability for Darden Restaurants, about the latest Citizenship Update and where the company is headed when it comes to sustainability.

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3p Weekend: 5 Celeb-Backed Green Marketing Campaigns We Can Actually Get Behind

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday March 28th, 2014 | 1 Comment
Oscar-nominated actor and longtime environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio recently purchased an EV racing team to inspire drivers to go electric.

Oscar-nominated actor and longtime environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio recently purchased an EV racing team to inspire drivers to go electric.

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.

Celeb-backed environmental campaigns are often sigh-inducing displays of greenwashing, but we’re all for giving a pat on the back when things are done right. Campaigns incorporating celebrities can bring the conversation to a far wider audience — an ultimate necessity if we hope to move the needle forward on issues like climate change and ocean health. With that in mind, this week we rounded up five celebrity-backed green marketing campaigns that we can actually get behind.

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Transparent Panels Signal the Future of the Solar Industry

Mary Mazzoni
| Thursday March 27th, 2014 | 4 Comments
The ultra-thin, 40 percent transparent solar cells unveiled by German manufacturer Heliatek lend themselves perfectly to the integration between glass panes to help buildings become carbon neutral.

The ultra-thin, 40 percent transparent solar cells unveiled by German manufacturer Heliatek lend themselves perfectly to the integration between glass panes to help buildings become carbon neutral.

Imagine a world where every glass surface produces solar power. You’d wake up to the alarm on your fully-charged smartphone, pluck it off the windowsill and hop into a hot shower — courtesy of a solar water heating system powered by your enclosed patio. You stroll out to your electric vehicle and flip on the radio, powered by your sun roof, and head off to your net-zero office building — which skirts the grid thanks to its majestic floor-to-ceiling windows.

This scenario may sound like science fiction, but recent developments in solar technology suggest that it barely scratches the surface of where the industry may be headed in the coming decade. Earlier this week, German solar company Heliatek unveiled a 40 percent transparent organic solar cell that’s ideal for generating energy from windows, façades and glass car roofs.

The development holds potentially groundbreaking implications for the new generation of net-zero smart buildings, as well as the alleviation of electric vehicle range anxiety.

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3p Weekend: 8 New Electric Vehicles and Plug-Ins We Can’t Wait to Drive

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday March 21st, 2014 | 0 Comments
The BMW i8, set to ship in June 2014.

The BMW i8, set to ship in June 2014.

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.

Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are inching closer to the mainstream. U.S. plug-in electric and hybrid vehicle sales nearly doubled in 2013, and EV production worldwide is projected to increase by 67 percent this year. Almost all automakers have at least one electric vehicle in their portfolios, and some truly drool-worthy rides are set to hit the market in 2014. Everyone has their favorites, but here are eight new EVs and plug-ins that we can’t wait to drive.

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‘B the Change’: 92 B Corps Honored as ‘Best for the World’

Mary Mazzoni
| Thursday March 20th, 2014 | 0 Comments

B the Change StampAccording to the nonprofit B Lab, “B Corp certification is to sustainable business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.”

B Corp certification does not confer legal standing and is completely voluntary. However, it does provide the validation of an independent body acknowledging that the company has met a responsibility performance standard — and B Corps across all industries are well known for positive impacts on both people and planet. We at Triple Pundit received our B Corporation status earlier this month — joining more than 900 other forward-thinking companies.

Yesterday, the Wayne, Pa.-based B Lab honored 92 of these global companies for creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact with the release of its third annual “B Corp Best for the World” list. Including companies from 31 different industries, the list honors businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10 percent of all B Corps on the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive assessment developed by B Lab that rates a company’s impact on its workers, community and the environment.

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3p Weekend: 7 Booming Job Sectors Fueling America’s Green Economy

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday March 14th, 2014 | 0 Comments
Freer Water Control and Improvement District (FWCID) Manager Diana Adame tests for arsenic using a test strip.

Freer Water Control and Improvement District (FWCID) Manager Diana Adame tests for arsenic using a test strip.

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.

Before we get on to this week’s 3p Weekend, let’s pose a question: What is a green job? It’s a simple question but one that has no official answer. In March 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) took a crack at defining green jobs and calculating their saturation in the market in a detailed survey of the green economy. There are some limitations to their definition, but it’s consistent with most that came before it (and it makes sense to us for the most part). So, let’s decide to use it as our go-to for this list.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s move on to the fun part: It’s tough to deny that the green jobs sector is making waves across the country, even as overall unemployment rates are slow to decline. BLS determined that green employment is growing at a faster rate than the overall economy, with no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

The saturation of green jobs is growing across all industries, but a select few are leading the charge. Read on for seven booming green job sectors set to explode in the 21st century. 

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How the Power of Story Can Save Our Oceans

Mary Mazzoni
| Wednesday March 12th, 2014 | 1 Comment

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This is the first in our new series of articles on Sustainable Seafood. Please follow along on our main landing page here

In many ways, the ocean is an open history book — relaying grim tales of waste, pollution and shortsighted management of our planet’s natural resources. The ocean covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and contains 97 percent of its water, yet a growing number of factors continue to threaten the health of our oceans and, by extension, the sustainable future of our planet.

As the Earth warms, so do the oceans — causing increasing rates of acidification that concern scientists and lawmakers alike. President Barack Obama noted acidification as a key climate-related concern in an Executive Order he issued last year urging Americans to embrace climate change awareness. Scientists note that acidification has happened before in Earth’s history — but never at such rapid rate. The most comparable event, which took place about 65 million years ago, is estimated to be 10 times slower than current acidification.

Though human activity indirectly impacts ocean health through climate change, direct actions may pose even greater concerns. To keep up with demand for certain species, massive commercial fishing vessels empty large swaths of water in one pass, then simply move on to another. Known as overfishing, the serial depletion of fish populations that leaves few adult fish to repopulate the seas, this phenomenon poses a real and imminent threat to ocean biodiversity — which could endanger sea life all the way up the food chain and have potentially devastating effects on underwater ecosystems. Meanwhile, currents draw millions of tons of trash to an area the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean, known as the North Pacific Gyre or trash vortex, where it swirls in perpetuity and grows larger by the day.

Outspoken consumer advocacy, thoughtful legislation and greater industry transparency can go a long way to ensuring a healthier ocean for our children. But another factor may play an even greater role in determining a brighter future for the world’s fish — the power of story.

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3p Weekend: 8 Clean Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday March 7th, 2014 | 1 Comment
A supporter of climate action holds up a sign at the Walk Against Warming in Melbourne, Australia in 2007. A great deal has changed in clean tech since then.

A supporter of climate action holds up a sign at the Walk Against Warming in Melbourne, Australia in 2007. A great deal has changed in clean tech since then.

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.

Clean tech is a hot topic in sustainable business – combining sustainable thinking with high technology. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, this week we rounded up eight clean tech trends to watch in 2014. Have something to add? Tell us about it in the comments. 

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