The Triple Bottom Line Tool helps optimize and communicate investment alignment with economic, environmental, and social performance– what's referred to as the triple bottom line or TBL. Investors, economic development professionals, and decision-makers can use the TBL Tool to:

Configure development investments for maximum returns
Consider and prioritize alternatives
Communicate investment alignment with TBL goals

The triple bottom line (TBL) concept originated in the business sector as a way to capture important investment value that is not reflected in conventional balance sheets. The concept – also referred to as people, planet, profit – aims to better account for environmental, social, and economic value of investment so that resources are more efficiently and effectively employed.

In economic development, traditional measures such as jobs created and dollars leveraged are important, but do not provide a complete view of investment impact. Triple bottom line economic development considers a broader array of economic, environmental, and social factors. We define triple bottom line economic development as programs, policies, or activities that create or retain jobs and wealth in ways that contribute to individual and community well-being over time. This type of economic development is distinct from economic growth, which may or may not promote community goals such as quality of life, access and opportunity, environmental stewardship, and fiscal health. Click here to go to the TBL tool for here for FAQ's and more information!