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: 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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Video Interview: Nic Delaye, Dir, U.S. Sustainable Business Solutions, PwC

| Friday April 11th, 2014 | 0 Comments

I just got back from the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara and put together a handful of great video interviews.  You can follow along on our conference page here for all of them, as well as past years’ coverage.

logo-pwcNic Delaye is Director of PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Sustainable Business Solutions group in San Jose California.  He led a roundtable discussion at last week’s WSJ ECO:nomics conference about how to demonstrate the connection between sustainability and shareholder value.

Although looking at the ROI from the cost reductions that occur from sustainability initiatives is relatively simple, there is significant indirect value created by sustainability that’s often left unquantified. Sustainability valuation enables companies to put a dollar value on enhanced stakeholder perception, improved customer loyalty, and the strengthened employee engagement that may result from investments on sustainability initiatives.

Nic and I sat down for 10 minutes to discuss all of this.  Video after the jump…

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Video Interview: Ory Zik, Founder and CEO, Energy Points

| Thursday April 10th, 2014 | 0 Comments

I just got back from the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara and put together a handful of great video interviews.  You can follow along on our conference page here for all of them, as well as past years’ coverage.

logo-energypointsOry Zik is the founder and CEO of Energy Points, Inc. Energy Points uses analytics and big data to enable enterprises to maximize energy productivity and strategically de-risk their resource supply chains. Its integrated source-to-site energy analytics directs intelligent data-driven use of electricity, water and waste.

I had a chance to sit down with Ory last week at the WSJ ECO:nomics conference to learn a little more about Energy Points and how the company helps make sense of complex data in the energy supply chain. Ory is also an occasional contributor to Triple Pundit.

Video after the jump…

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Video Interview: Suzanne Shelton, President & CEO, Shelton Group

| Wednesday April 9th, 2014 | 0 Comments

I just got back from the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara and put together a handful of great video interviews.  You can follow along on our conference page here for all of them, as well as past years’ coverage.

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Suzanne Shelton is founder, president and CEO of Shelton Group, an advertising agency focused exclusively on motivating mainstream consumers to make sustainable choices.  She’s also one of the more insightful and energetic conversationalists you are likely to run into at a conference and has a lot to say about what it takes to get consumers to take sustainability seriously.

Last week, Suzanne led a lunchtime discussion at WSJ ECO:nomics on the fact that, while companies have come a long way in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR), engaging the end consumer is still required to really accomplish their goals.  Suzanne was kind enough to sit down with me for a whirlwind conversation on the subject.

Watch the whole thing in the video after the jump:

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Video Interview: Raj Mamodia, CEO of Brillio

| Tuesday April 8th, 2014 | 0 Comments

I just got back from the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara and put together a handful of great video interviews.  You can follow along on our conference page here for all of them, as well as past years’ coverage.

logo-brillioBrillio is a $100M startup that’s set to launch in the next few weeks. A global technology consulting firm, Brillio is focused on leveraging emerging technologies in, among other vertical markets, the energy/utilities industry. With innovation ‘hot spots’ due to open in the U.S. in 2014, Brillio is investing in new market opportunities to help organizations achieve competitive dominance beyond strategic advantage and quality management.

I had a chance to sit down with Raj Mamodia, Brillo’s CEO, to learn more about how Brillio will help companies, especially utilities cope with fast changing technology, fast changing customer behavior, and the basics of running complex operations.  The goal, from a sustainability perspective, is to greatly increase efficiencies that can save not only money, but many negative externalities that the energy sector faces.

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Video Interview: Peter Graf, CSO EVP at SAP

| Monday April 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments

I just got back from the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara, Calif. and put together a handful of great video interviews.  You can follow along on our conference page here for all of them, as well as past years’ coverage.

logo-sapED NOTE: Please join us on April 11th as we talk with Peter Graf of SAP, Aron Kramer from BSR, & Nigel Topping of CDP on Twitter. Register here to join us.

Peter Graf is SAP America’s chief sustainability officer.  Last week, he led conversation at WSJ ECO:nomics on the use of IT to drive sustainability, covering sustainable design, product stewardship networks, employee education, transportation management, recycling administration and aligning incentives with sustainability interests.

I had a chance to sit down with Peter and talk about SAP’s recently released integrated report, the process for putting it together and how it has benefitted the company. We also talked about some of the company’s recent accomplishments in committing to 100 percent renewable energy and a new foray into free online sustainable business education.

Watch it all in the video after the jump:

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