3p Contributor: Nick Aster

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

Recent Articles

Interview: Margaret Morey-Reuner, Timberland

| Tuesday June 17th, 2014 | 0 Comments

TriplePundit attended Sustainable Brands 2014 in San Diego this month. These videos are part of our coverage. Find the rest here.

Released in July 2012 by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the Higg Index is a sustainability measurement tool that allows apparel companies to measure the impacts of their products across the value chain.

Late last year, the SAC – a trade organization comprised of brands, retailers and manufacturers – announced an updated version of the index reflecting 18 months of development effort. In this interview, Nick Aster talks to Timberland’s Margaret Morey-Reuner about sustainability at Timberland and how the Higg Index is coming into use.

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Interview: Bethanie Maples Krogstad, Quid

| Monday June 16th, 2014 | 0 Comments

TriplePundit attended Sustainable Brands 2014 in San Diego this month. These videos are part of our coverage. Find the rest here.

At this year’s Sustainable Brands conference I was invited to moderate a panel on big data and how it can be leveraged for sustainability. It’s a wildly complicated subject, but companies like Quid are aiming to help us make sense of it all through clever visualization tools, advanced search engines, and other kinds of engagement. Prior to our panel, I caught up with Quid’s Bethanie Maples Krogstad to learn about exactly what Quid does, and why visualizing big data is relevant to sustainability — specifically the transportation industry.

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Interview: Carrie Majeske, Ford

| Sunday June 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments

TriplePundit attended Sustainable Brands 2014 in San Diego this month. These videos are part of our coverage. Find the rest here.

At this year’s Sustainable Brands conference I was invited to moderate a panel on big data and how it can be leveraged for sustainability. One of our panelists was Carrie Majeske, Associate Director of Global Sustainability Integration at Ford. I took some time before the panel to talk about how this conversation was relevant to Ford as well as the automotive sector in general.

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Interview: Eric Dominguez, Caesars Entertainment

| Saturday June 14th, 2014 | 0 Comments

TriplePundit attended Sustainable Brands 2014 in San Diego this month. These videos are part of our coverage. Find the rest here.

I once sensed irony in pairing the concept of sustainability with a Las Vegas based entertainment empire. But Caesars Entertainment has long been recognized as a leading sustainability reporter as well as a company with a progressive vision. There’s more going on as well. In this interview, Eric Dominguez talks about the big picture at Caesars – energy, water and waste as well as engaging their employees to care and take sustainability seriously.

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Financing Cities of the Future w/Siemens, PwC & Berwin Leighton Paisner

| Thursday June 12th, 2014 | 3 Comments

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There’s no shortage of ideas on how cities can transform their infrastructure, yet nearly all cities have limited access to funds and ways of financing such plans. Some even lack the most basic legal and institutional frameworks to facilitate access to finance from the capital markets. So what is the best way to enable the financing and delivery of the critical urban infrastructure needed for them to become cities of the future?

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Our panelists:

Julie Alexander, Director of Urban Development, Siemens
Mukhtiar Tanda, Partner, Urban Development, Berwin Leighton Paisner
David MacGray, Infrastructure Director, PwC

We will discuss:

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Interview: Jeremiah Owyang, Crowd Companies

| Thursday June 12th, 2014 | 2 Comments

TriplePundit attended Sustainable Brands 2014 in San Diego this month. These videos are part of our coverage. Find the rest here.

Jeremiah Owyang is one of the most interesting people I had a chance to meet at last week’s Sustainable Brands conference.  An analyst by trade, Jeremiah now runs a network called Crowd Companies who propose to “bring empowered people and resilient brands together to collaborate for Shared Value.”   Specifically, this shared value springs from  embracing the “collaborative economy” –  a meta term for business models built on shared ownership and access.  It’s a somewhat more inclusive description of most of what we talk about when we talk about the sharing economy.

In this quick interview, I asked Jeremiah to talk about the collaborative economy – why it’s important, why it’s both a threat and an opportunity for traditional companies, and what it has to do with sustainability.

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Interview: Dan Persica, Domtar

| Wednesday June 11th, 2014 | 0 Comments

TriplePundit attended Sustainable Brands 2014 in San Diego this month. These videos are part of our coverage. Find the rest here.

We’ve been getting to know the paper industry a bit better in the past year. It’s always refreshing to hear a first hand account of what sustainability means for a fiber or paper company.  Last week at Sustainable Brands 2014, I had a chance to talk to Dan Persica of Domtar. Specifically we discussed Domtar’s earth choice brand and how it has evolved over time as well as some of the ways that Domtar is tracking sustainability metrics and what the future holds.

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Interview: Heiner Markhoff, President and CEO of GE Water

| Monday June 9th, 2014 | 0 Comments

fortune-green-2014TriplePundit reported live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2014 conference in Laguna Niguel, CA. Follow along on this page for ongoing video interviews with sustainability thought leaders, corporate change agents and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

I had a chance to talk to Heiner Markoff about sustainability in the water sector and the role GE Water plans in ensuring a steady supply of fresh, clean water to the world.

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Tweet Jam: Designing for the Base of the Pyramid

| Monday June 9th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Since we can’t get enough of Twitter lately, it’s time for another Tweet Jam. A Tweet Jam is a one hour conversation with a panel of experts to which everyone is invited.

This time we’ll be teaming up with Business Fights Poverty to lead the conversation about key topics facing the alleviation of poverty via design.  Some of the key questions we’ll explore are: What are some of big successes and failures in designing for the BoP? What can we learn from these experiences? What insights are there in how to go about the process of design? What are the factors behind a successful business model? How can different players work together – large companies, social entrepreneurs, government and civil society? Do designers take gender sufficiently into account when designing for the BoP? What are the next big opportunities?

From 4.30 to 5.30 UK time / 11.30 to 12.30 ET on Tuesday 10 June,  we’ll be online with Business Fights Poverty (@FightPoverty) as part of their 2014 Design Expo.

Join us with the hashtag #bfpexpo or follow along below:


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Interview: Josh Henretig on Microsoft’s Carbon Fee

| Sunday June 8th, 2014 | 1 Comment

fortune-green-2014TriplePundit reported live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2014 conference in Laguna Niguel, CA. Follow along on this page for ongoing video interviews with sustainability thought leaders, corporate change agents and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Microsoft is one of the largest carbon neutral companies in the world — a feat they accomplished in a mere two years using a clever internal accounting system and carbon fee.  I had a chance to sit down with Microsoft’s Director of Environmental Sustainability, Josh Henretig, to hear how it all works and where things are going.

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Interview: Patagonia’s Rick Ridgeway on Sustainable Apparel

| Saturday June 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments

fortune-green-2014TriplePundit reported live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2014 conference in Laguna Niguel, CA. Follow along on this page for ongoing video interviews with sustainability thought leaders, corporate change agents and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Patagonia’s Rick Ridgeway talks to Nick Aster about the state of the apparel industry and sustainability.

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Interview: Thomas Kadien, SVP of Packaging and IP Asia – International Paper

| Friday June 6th, 2014 | 0 Comments

fortune-green-2014TriplePundit reported live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2014 conference in Laguna Niguel, CA. Follow along on this page for ongoing video interviews with sustainability thought leaders, corporate change agents and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Tom Kadien talks to Nick Aster about what sustainability means for International Paper and for the paper industry in general.

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Interview: Brett Hauser, President of Greenlots and Founder of Open Charge Alliance

| Thursday June 5th, 2014 | 0 Comments

fortune-green-2014TriplePundit reported live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2014 conference in Laguna Niguel, CA. Follow along on this page for ongoing video interviews with sustainability thought leaders, corporate change agents and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Despite many options and generous subsidies, only 52,835 of the 14.5 million cars sold in the U.S. in 2012 were EVs or plug-in hybrids.  The good news is that the numbers are quickly growing.  I sat down with Brett Hauser, President of Greenlots and Founder of Open Charge Alliance  to answer the question “what will it take to put 1 million EVs on the road by 2017?”

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Interview: Tom Gebhardt, President of Panasonic Automotive Systems Company

| Wednesday June 4th, 2014 | 0 Comments

fortune-green-2014TriplePundit reported live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2014 conference in Laguna Niguel, CA. Follow along on this page for ongoing video interviews with sustainability thought leaders, corporate change agents and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Panasonic’s Automotive Systems Company is  a leading integrated supplier to the automotive industry for North America.  In particular, the company is working on advanced, internet enabled technology that will create “connected cars” — covering everything from advanced navigation, locating parking spots, and audio entertainment.  I had a chance to talk to Tom Gebhardt, the company’s president, about this technology and to explore what it has to do with sustainability.

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Recap: HP Live Twitter Chat from #SB14sd

| Wednesday June 4th, 2014 | 0 Comments

How does a company that has been practicing responsible citizenship for 75 years drive even more impact for people, the economy and the environment? By making its citizenship efforts and business strategy fully and inextricably intertwined.

HP calls it Living Progress— Today, HP , CSRwire and TriplePundit explored how best to address some of these challenges with other leading companies and thought leaders gathered in the HP Living Progress Exchange at Sustainable Brands 14, in San Diego, California.

Aman Singh, CSRwire’s Editorial Director and Nick Aster, Founder and Publisher of TriplePundit,  conversed with Chris Librie, Senior Director, Strategy and Communications, HP Corporate Affairs, live from the HP Living Progress Exchange at Sustainable Brands.

Full stats from today’s chat are available in PDF format here.

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