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: 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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Interview: Jonathan Bass, VP communications for SolarCity

| Tuesday June 3rd, 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.

Jonathan Bas is VP of communications for SolarCity.  I spent some time talking to Jonathan about SolarCity’s success and the state of the solar industry today.

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Interview: Carol Clark GVP of Beer & Better World, AB Inbev

| Monday June 2nd, 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.

Carol Clark, global vice president of Beer & Better World, AB InBev.  It’s a fun title that covers CSR for the global company. Since August 2009, Carol has led a department charged with providing a unified, global platform for AB InBev’s corporate affairs work and social responsibility initiatives in the areas of responsible drinking, environment, and community.  I had a chance to talk to Carol for a bit about what her title means and what sustainability means for AB InBev.

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Interview: Scott O’Connell, Director of Environmental Affairs, Dell

| Saturday May 31st, 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 great conversation with Dell’s Director of Environmental Affairs, Scott O’Connell last week at Fortune Brainstorm Green. We talking about the basic of sustainability at Dell, in particular the company’s 2020 plan for sustainability (PDF here). We also talked about Dell’s recent collaboration with UL Environment to be the first computer manufacturer to offer closed loop recycling.

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Interview: Sara Greenstein, President of UL’s Supply Chain & Sustainability Team

| Friday May 30th, 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.

Sara Greenstein is President of UL’s Supply Chain & Sustainability Team, a responsibility which covers a great deal of complexity. I had a chance to talk briefly with Sara at Fortune Brainstorm Green last week, and she covered the basics on what it means to build a more sustainable supply chain as well as insight into UL Environment’s work with Dell to offer the computer industry’s first ever closed loop recycling.

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Interview: Kevin McKnight, CSO, Alcoa

| Thursday May 29th, 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.

In my second interview at Fortune Brainstorm Green last week I got to talk to Alcoa’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Kevin McKnight. Alcoa is a well-regarded leader in sustainability, with some of its industry’s most rigorous and long-standing sustainability initiatives. Kevin provides insight into Alcoa’s leadership—both on how and what it makes. We also went into some of the details around Alcoa’s recent success in the automotive industry helping make cars much lighter, and therefor more fuel efficient.

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Interview: Kathy Abusow, President & CEO of Sustainable Forestry Initiative

| Wednesday May 28th, 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.

In my first interview from last week’s Fortune Brainstorm Green conference I had a chance to talk to Kathy Abusow, President & CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Specifically, we talked about SFI’s Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program which fosters partnerships with organizations interested in improving forest management. I also discussed how the concept of natural capital is playing a roll in building win-win partnerships between water utilities and landowners looking for an incentive to preserve the ecosystem services their forests provide.

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Q&A With Marieke van Schaijk, Director of Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

| Friday May 23rd, 2014 | 3 Comments

Ed note: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

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By now you should be familiar with the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, among the largest and longest running sustainable business plan competitions in the world. The goal of the contest is to bring smart and innovative green products and services to the mass market and thereby help combat climate change.  If you have a written business plan for a product or service that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a way to bring it to market within two years, then you’re an ideal candidate for the €500,000 grand prize (that’s $680,000).

I’ve been curious about the history and details behind the challenge and got in touch with Marieke van Schaijk who co-initiated, conceptualized and organized the first Postcode Lottery Green Challenge competition in 2007.  If you’re thinking about entering the challenge, or are just curious, the Q&A below should answer most of your basic questions.

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Got a Sustainable Business Plan in the Works? It Could be Worth $680,000

| Wednesday May 14th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ed note: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

c6fb6064877918bd0d18380e5e3e1927_400x400If you’re not familiar with the Dutch Postcode Lottery’s Green Challenge, you’ll be impressed to know that it’s among the largest and longest running sustainable business plan competitions in the world. The goal of the contest is to bring smart and innovative green products and services to the mass market and thereby help combat climate change.  If you have a written business plan for a product or service that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a way to bring it to market within two years, then you’re an ideal candidate for the €500,000 grand prize (that’s $680,000).

But there’s a catch – the deadline is coming up quickly on June 3.

Now it its eighth year, the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is open for sustainable startups from all over the world.  Over the past seven years the Green Challenge has helped to advance numerous valuable, innovative green ideas — you could be next. This year U.S. and global finalists are urged to submit their business plans, ranging from renewable energy innovations to breakthroughs in sustainable materials.

Need some inspiration? Learn from past years’ winners.

Ginger Dosier won last year’s prize. Her company bioMASON ‘grows’ bricks for use in building construction. American Molly Morse won the 2012 grand prize for Mango Materials, a company that uses bacteria to turn methane into biodegradable plastic. In 2010, Scot Frank won for his low-priced, multi-purpose portable solar collector Solsource. And back in 2008, Eben Bayer of the United States won for his natural insulation material @Mushroom Materials.

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Recap: Twitter Chat with Heineken: What Does It Mean to Brew a Better Future?

| Sunday May 4th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Last week we had a great live twitter chat featuring HEINEKEN in conjunction with the release of the company’s latest sustainability report.

Heineken proclaims that sustainability has been an integral part of business operations throughout its 150-year history. Now, in 2014, the beer giant’s commitments are coming to life through its Brewing a Better Future (BaBF) Program and its long-term approach to creating shared, sustainable value in four areas that it can impact directly: protecting water resources, reducing carbon emissions, sourcing sustainably and advocating responsible consumption.

Heineken recently published its 2013 Sustainability Report, which outlines the company’s progress on the way to meet its 2020 sustainability commitments. The full 2013 report can be viewed at sustainabilityreport.heineken.com.

If you weren’t able to join us live, I’ve put together a Storify including all the questions we asked and all the reader questions we had time to get to. Take a look after the jump…

 

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Twitter Chat Recap: Can Corporate Sustainability & Economic Growth Coexist?

| Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 | 0 Comments

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What does it mean for a technology company to lead with sustainability? How can technology companies leverage their expertise and scale to make exponential social and environmental impact? Moreover, how do you sustain your impact while growing your business?

Last week,  CSRwire’s Aman Singh and I convened a twitter chat with with SAP’s @PeterGGraf, BSR’s @AronCramer, CDP’s @TopNigel. We discussed the intricacies of pursuing sustainability alongside business growth and social prosperity.  It was one of our widest reaching twitter chats yet with 232 contributors, 1,388 tweets & over 9 million impressions.  [PDF with full stats here]

Didn’t have a chance to participate? We’ve got the bulk of the chat re-capped below in Storify format. Just take a look after the jump….

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