Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie Cheeseman
Gina-Marie Cheeseman is a central California-based journalist who writes about sustainability, environmental issues, and healthy living. With a degree in journalism and a passion for social responsibility, she writes for a number of online publications. She believes that collaboration between the public and private sectors can help solve many problems facing the planet and its people. named Cheeseman as one of the “75 Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter.” Twitter: @gmcheeseman - See more at:

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6 days 3 hours ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) The Central Valley is California’s heartland, a 400- mile long place full of farmland. It has some of the fastest growing cities within our most populous state, and two of them, Stockton and Sacramento, are vulnerable to major flood events.

One of the worst floods in California history—and the worst flood on record in the Central Valley—occurred in January 1997. Over 30 levees ruptured and 300,000 square miles in the Central Valley were flooded. It was “one of the most extensive and costly floods in the state’s history,” according to a 2007 study by the California Department of Water...

1 week 4 days ago

(3BL/JustMeans) - Can a global resort chain practice sustainability? Las Vegas Sands' (LVS) ECO360 sustainability strategy proves that the answer can be a resounding, “yes.”

Sands' ECO360 consists of four pillars: green buildings, environmentally responsible operations, green meetings and events, and stakeholder engagement. The company recently announced that while these pillars will remain the same, it is aligning its environmental performance targets with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and science-based targets. The SDGs are 17 goals adopted by countries in 2015 with specific targets to end poverty, fight...

1 week 5 days ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Carnival Corporation is a cruise company that bills itself as the world’s largest leisure travel company. It is also a company that puts a premium on sustainability, as shown by the progress it has made towards sustainability performance goals it set in 2015. The 10 goals are all specifically designed to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.

One of Carnival's 2020 goals is to reduce the intensity of its equivalent carbon emissions (CO2e) from operations by 25 percent. To achieve that goal, the company has taken steps such as launching a cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The AIDAsol is the world’s first cruise...

2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) Green building is a trend that is on the upswing. The number of global builders that have at least 60 percent of their projects certified green will double from 2015 to 2018, predicts the World Green Building Trends. By 2023, commercial building owners and managers will have invested an estimated $960 billion globally on making their existing built infrastructure green. The global building sector continues to double every three years, according to the Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report.

Buildings in the US account for nearly 40 percent of national carbon...

2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) — When someone takes a swig from their favorite beer, they may not realize that brewing beer is an energy intensive process. But brewing companies that want to reduce their carbon emissions are well aware of the issue.

That's why Carlsberg Group, a global brewer headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, has set the lofty goal of powering its breweries with only renewable energy by 2022. 

The 170 year-old company also has a new program called Together Towards Zero. That program is a means to meet its pledge to achieve zero carbon emissions at its breweries by 2030. By that same year, Carlsberg aims to have...

3 weeks 3 days ago

Waste is a bigger problem in national parks than many Americans realize. The National Park Service (NPS) manages over 100 million pounds of waste across the country. Much of that waste is generated by the more than 300 million people who visit national parks annually. Over half (59 percent) of Americans who responded to a survey are not aware of the waste management challenges facing the national parks.

Conducted by Subaru of America and National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the survey also found that more than four in five (84 percent) said they would be willing to make a significant effort to reduce the amount of trash left in parks. Subaru...

3 weeks 5 days ago

(3BL/JustMeans) The number of active landfills that receive municipal solid waste across the country have been decreasing. There were almost 8,000 of them in 1988, but less than 2,000 by the mid 2000s. What happens to landfills that are no longer active anymore?

Most landfills are about 40 acres. There are literally millions of acres of space not being used in the U.S. One solution to make good use of inactive landfills is to generate solar power on them. The federal government encourages renewable energy development on active and inactive landfills through the EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative. Through the initiative, former landfills...

3 weeks 6 days ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Sea level rise is affecting Florida. Most of Florida’s infrastructure was not built to accommodate major sea level rise, and much of the state’s current coastal infrastructure will need to be either improved or replaced as the sea level rises.

Florida is the third most populous state and the largest in the Southeast. It has the fourth-highest gross state product. It also is a state that will be significantly threatened by climate change, including its coastal infrastructure. The sunshine state has over 8,400 miles of shoreline, which faces risks from flooding and coastal storms, with climate change likely to really increase...

1 month 3 days ago

(3BL/JustMeans) JPMorgan Chase has a big global reach. It has offices and operations in over 60 countries in more than 5,500 properties that cover about 75 million square feet—about 27 times the square footage of the office space in the Empire State Building. When a company that big announces new environmental sustainability goals, it has an impact.

One of the global banking company’s new goals is to source renewable power for 100 percent of its global energy needs by 2020. JPMorgan Chase will meet the commitment by installing renewable energy technology across its branches and buildings, plus will be signing power purchase agreements with renewable...

1 month 1 week ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Food waste is a big problem in Canada. About one third of all food produced in that country for human consumption is wasted. This food waste costs about $31 billion a year. Most of the food waste winds up in landfills where it rots and emits methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 23 times that of carbon. The heat trapping potential of just one ton of methane emissions is 25 times more potent than one ton of carbon measured over a 100-year period, according to Environment Canada, the country’s federal environmental agency.

Food waste is Canada’s largest share of landfill organics. Landfills are responsible for a large...