Our Triple Bottom Line Approach

In simple terms, meeting the triple bottom line means that we work to achieve environmental, social justice, and sustainable economic development outcomes in everything we do. This triple bottom line is the foundation of our work.

When economic, social or environmental challenges are approached as separate and unrelated, solutions tend to be short term. We know that to ensure sustainable change, solutions must be integrated. 

Triple Bottom Line In Action

Across North Carolina, Resourceful Communities partners are creating change by  addressing root environmental, social and economic challenges to strengthen communities. Here are some examples:

SFHA Farmers Market by Natalie AbbassiPreserving traditions is key to economic self-sufficiency for Sandhills Family Heritage Association (SFHA).  SFHA’s programs build on cultural ties to the land and the entrepreneurship of self-reliance—important not only to the heritage, but also the future, of African American families in the Sandhills.  This region is recognized by conservationists as one of the most distinctive and endangered ecoystems in the U.S.  Resourceful Communities’ training, small grants and networking helped SFHA establish a farmers and crafters market and continue educating African American landowners about land-based income.

Jackson County Green Energy Park by Natalie AbbassiJackson County Green Energy Park captures methane gas from a former town landfill to fuel artisan studios, greenhouses and more.  The Park creates low-cost options for artisan entrepreneurs to create and market their goods and offers classes and training to low-income residents. The project creates jobs, saves the county thousands of dollars, and converts toxic landfill waste into clean energy.  Resourceful Communities has provided vital technical assistance and support.