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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1 day 23 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) California is the most populous state in the nation, with almost 40 million residents and an economy ranking number six in the world. The Golden State also has led the way in taking care of the environment. The state has a renewables portfolio standard of 33 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2030. An executive order in 2005 established a target reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. A bill in 2006 created an economy-wide cap-and-trade program.

The utility company Southern California Edison envisions a future where there are over 7 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the state’s freeways and...

4 days 21 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Water is a precious commodity that is in increasing demand. Global water demand is projected to grow by 55 percent by 2050. It will take a 60 percent increase in agricultural production and a 15 percent increase in water withdrawals to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Presently, 70 percent of global water withdrawals are for agriculture.

Business holds the key to good water management. However, only 42 percent of those who responded to a recent survey by Ecolab and GreenBiz Group cited water management as a strategic corporate initiative. Of the 184 businesses surveyed, 82 percent said they are not sufficiently using advanced...

5 days 22 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Many egg-laying hens in the U.S. spend their lives in cages only 67 square inches. That is smaller than a sheet of letter-sized paper. Battery cages are so small that hens are unable to turn around, flap their wings or engage is normal chicken behavior such as nesting, perching or dustbathing. Cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay eggs in nests.

 More and more companies are pledging to go cage-free. About 200 companies have pledged to eliminate battery cages from their supply chains in the U.S. Major corporations such as Walmart and McDonald’s have pledged to go cage-free by 2025 in their egg...

1 week 2 days ago

The future of the car industry is looking electric. The benefits of increasing investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure outweigh the costs by more than three to one, a new analysis by Ceres and M.J. Bradley & Associates has found. An infrastructure investment of $17.6 billion would yield $58 billion worth of benefits by 2035. After 2035, the annual net benefits will increase faster than charging infrastructure investments.

The analysis evaluated the need for electric vehicle charging infrastructure to accommodate...

2 weeks 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) A third of the food produced globally is never eaten. It’s a problem that costs the global economy an estimated $940 billion. Lost and wasted food also contributes to climate change, generating about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and consuming around 25 percent of water used in agriculture. And lost or wasted food is a widespread problem, as it occurs throughout the entire supply chain, from agricultural production to household consumption.


1 month 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) The cocoa industry has a dirty secret. Child labor is way too common in West Africa. Over 70 percent of the global cocoa supply comes from two West African countries: the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Farmers supplying companies with the chocolate they use in their products receive little for the cocoa. That means they are unable to hire laborers to harvest the crop, and child labor is widely used as a result. A Tulane University report found that in 2013 and 2014, 2.26 million children in Ghana and the Ivory Coast worked in cocoa production.

General Mills is working to make the cocoa sector more sustainable and to reduce...

1 month 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Can an industry that creates products from trees be sustainable? The US forest products industry proves it is possible. Accounting for 6 percent of the country’s total manufacturing GDP, the industry places a premium on recycling and using renewable energy. Over 66 percent of the paper consumed in 2011 was recovered. Consisting of about 250 companies, the industry is the leading generator and user of renewable energy. Almost two-thirds of its total energy use is from renewable sources—and it is the largest producer of bioenergy in the industrial sector.

Sappi North America, part of South African-based Sappi Limited, is a good...

1 month 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Water scarcity is a big problem for food production. Agriculture is the biggest water user on the planet, accounting for about 70 percent of global water withdrawals. About 40 percent of the global food supply is grown in irrigated areas, while 80 percent of the world’s cropland relies on rainfall for irrigation. Climate change can cause rainfall to vary. Nearly all of the major breadbaskets in the world, including the U.S., are in regions where crop irrigation is dependent on aquifers that are being severely depleted.

Water is one of the food industry’s biggest risks, made...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Every day, each American uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water. The largest use of household water is flushing the toilet, with showers and baths following behind. Some Americans live in water-stressed areas; about four percent of the contiguous US fell in the severe to extreme drought categories, as of the end of August 2017. Ten percent of the contiguous U.S. fell in the moderate to extreme drought categories. And there is widespread water stress in much of the Southwest, western Great Plains and parts of the Northwest.

Given the amount of water-stressed areas, efficient toilets and other water fixtures make an...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Over 30 percent of Colorado is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions, while 4 percent of the state is experiencing moderate drought conditions. Rain levels are only 30 percent of the state’s average. A La Niña weather event, which brings less rainfall, has a 50 percent chance of developing. For obvious reasons, water conservation takes a priority when there is less rainfall.

Colorado-based Aurora Organic Dairy understands the importance of water conservation. The company’s latest Corporate Citizenship Report details its progress toward its environmental goals, including water conservation. The leading producer of...