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 month 6 days ago

(3BL/Justmeans) President Trump has proved to be a president who is weak on climate action. In June, his administration announced it would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Trump will likely continue with policies that are detrimental to the environment, but business can lead where government lags or fails.

The industrial company Ingersoll Rand is an example of a company that leads on climate action. In 2014, the company pledged what it terms a climate commitment to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its products and operations by 2030. As part of the pledge, the company will reduce the GHG refrigerant footprint of...

1 month 1 week ago

There is a clear lack of environmental protection for national parks in the Trump administration. President Trump issued an executive order in April instructing the Secretary of the Interior to review all lands declared national monuments since January 1, 1996.

There’s something in the executive order that speaks volumes. It states that monument designations that result from not coordinating with “relevant stakeholders may also create barriers to achieving energy independence.” Earlier this month, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a secretarial order to speed permits for drilling oil and gas on federal lands and hold more lease sales...

1 month 1 week ago

3BL Media/Justmeans — Disposable cutlery is convenient. Instead of having to wash spoons and forks, it is sometimes easier to use single-use ones that can be thrown into the trash. However, that only adds to the volume of garbage created every day. The average American generates about 4.3 pounds of trash a day, and about 55 percent of the 220 million tons of waste created annually winds up in landfills.

A lot of energy and resources are used to make and transport disposable cutlery and most of the time they can’t be recycled. Disposable plastic cutlery are petroleum-based. Fossil fuels are one of the main drivers behind climate change,...

1 month 1 week ago

(3BL/JustMeans) The wood products industry is a leader in the use of renewable energy. Almost two-thirds of the industry’s total energy is from renewable energy, on average. Most pulp and paper mills use the co-generation of steam and power, and many of them sell electricity or renewable energy credits. Energy happens to be Sappi North America’s third largest expense related to pape making, so reducing energy and using more renewables helps the planet and the bottom line.

Sappi North America has set lofty sustainability goals. One of those goals is achieving 60 percent total certified fiber content by 2020. In 2016, the company achieved 54 percent...

1 month 1 week ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) — Why would a car company like General Motors help pollinators? The answer is simple. Along with other companies, the iconic car maker is participating in the Corporate Pollinator Ecosystem Project, an initiative of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development and Pollinator Partnership.

GM and other companies know that pollinators are key for our food supply. One out of every three bites we take is estimated to exist because of pollinators. They are needed for about three-quarters of major food crops. Most of the flowering plant species found globally need pollinators to make the seeds that ensure there are more...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Bacardi pledged to stop serving straws last year at company events. The company known for its rum began its "no straw pledge" at its North America regional headquarters office in Coral Cables, Florida and its Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, England.

Why would the world’s largest privately held spirits company join with other companies and National Parks and take a no straws pledge? Straws and stirrers are among the pieces of garbage that are the most collected in the oceans. Over eight million tons of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic produced every year ends up in the oceans. A...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Conserving water is important in a world where some regions are water-stressed. One company understands water conservation and works to produce products that save water: Kohler Co.

Kohler was recently awarded the U.S. Water Prize for water conservation efforts by U.S. Water Alliance during its One Water Summit in New Orleans. The Water Prize is presented every year in five categories, including a private sector water organization. Kohler was recognized this year in private sector category for developing and promoting water-efficient products that meet EPA’s WaterSense efficiency requirements. Kohler has partnered with WaterSense since...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Coconut oil is growing in popularity. It is projected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.75 percent. The wide range of health benefits associated with coconut oil is one of the main drivers of market growth. What is lacking in the coconut oil industry is sustainable certification.

A partnership between BASF, Cargill, Procter & Gamble (P&G), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH will establish a sustainable certified supply chain of coconut oil in the Philippines and Indonesia, the two top producers of coconuts and exporters of coconut-based products, including coconut oil....

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math careers (STEM) careers. The percentage of women in STEM careers has stagnated since 2001, particularly within the engineering and computing workforces where only 12 percent and 26 percent of the workforces are women. And the number of women working at tech companies is seriously low. Men make up 80 percent of the tech industry’s global workforce. Facebook’s workforce is only made up of 27 percent women, while Google’s is 31 percent.

Enter Verizon, which is addressing the need for more women in STEM careers by reaching middle-school girls through a three-week...

1 month 3 weeks ago

Is a net zero emissions economy even possible? There are companies and organizations who think so.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi) last year at COP21 in Paris. It is comprised of more than 160 companies and 70 partners working together to speed the transition to a net zero emissions economy. Supported by We Mean Business partners, LCTPi working groups as a whole target 65 percent of the emissions reductions needed to achieve the below two degree Celsius objective.

Below50 is another initiative of the WBCSD, launched last June in the U.S...