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. Mashable.com named Cheeseman as one of the “75 Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter.” Twitter: @gmcheeseman - See more at: http://www.justmeans.com/users/gina-marie-cheeseman#sthash.DhJ59PO9.dpuf
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3 years 3 months ago
FedEx Corp takes climate change seriously, judging by its goal to reduce aircraft carbon emissions intensity by 30 percent. Since 2005, the company has reduced aircraft carbon emissions intensity by 22.3 percent. In 2013 alone, FedEx reduced aircraft carbon emissions intensity by 4.2 percent while the total number of flights increased. It is the first company in the U.S. transportation logistics industry to set a goal to reduce carbon emissions intensity in global aviation. 
 
Since FedEx is a shipping company, focusing on improving fuel efficiency makes sense, as the sixth annual Global Citizenship Report shows. FedEx...

3 years 4 months ago
(3BL/JustMeans) It takes much energy and water to maintain hotels, and guests who stay at them generate much waste. A hotel chain that wants to be more sustainable must make reductions in all three areas. Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which has 1,200 hotels worldwide, has managed to achieve reductions in energy and water use and waste. Starwood has reduced its global energy consumption by by over 11.5 percent since 2008, enough energy to power over 22,000 home for one year. Water use intensity has decreased by 14.8 percent since 2008, enough water to fill 49 million bathtubs and almost 75 percent of the way toward its goal.
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3 years 4 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) When you think of Caesars Entertainment, you may not think immediately about sustainability. The company is famous for its casinos and hotels. However, Caesars is doing some good for the environment, as the Business Roundtable’s 2014 Sustainability report notes. Caesar’s Code Green Program is the company’s initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency and water use. As part of the Code Green Program, Caesar’s has invested $3.5 million across 37 projects  (lighting, HVAC and water) which deliver almost 24 million kilowatt hours of energy savings a year and an estimated at $2.5 million in savings....


3 years 4 months ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - Heineken has reduced its carbon emissions by 26 percent since 2008, putting it very close to meeting its 2015 target of a 27 percent reduction. It is on track to meet its 2020 target of a 40 percent reduction. In 2013, the company famous for its beer, reduced carbon emissions by 119 kton, equivalent to 2,400 trips around the world with a 30-ton Heineken beer truck. There are two main ways the company has reduced its emissions: through energy efficiency measures and increasing the use of renewable energy.
 
Heineken’s percentage of renewable energy increased from 9.3 percent in 2012 to 18 percent in...

3 years 4 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) - H&M launched several major sustainability initiatives last year, including its first closed loop collection made with 20 percent recycled materials from collected garments. Almost all of its stores worldwide participate in its garment collection initiative, first launched in 2012. Last year, the company collected 3,047 tons of unwanted garments. H&M also launched its roadmap for fair living wages. Based on the Fair Wage Network’s methodology, the goal for the roadmap is for all of its strategic suppliers to have improved pay structures to put fair living wages in place by 2018 which will affect around 850,000...


3 years 5 months ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), passed in 1976 and never updated, regulates the chemicals used in consumer products. And there are many chemicals, over 80,000 of them, in consumer products. There are many new chemicals not on the inventory of chemicals mandated by the TSCA. New chemicals exempt from the listing process include inorganics, pesticides, food additives, and any chemical produced in small quantities. The EPA and FDA don’t know exactly how many chemicals are used in consumer products, according to the Environmental Working Group.
 
Some business leaders think there needs to be...

3 years 5 months ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - Certain minerals are in the electronic devices we use everyday: cell phones, laptops, tablets, and iPods. Those minerals, which include tantalum, are often called “conflict minerals” because many of them come from regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo prone to armed conflict. One of those regions is the Province of North Kivu, an area that has been the epicenter of the military conflicts in the DRC since the early 1990s. Over two dozen paramilitary groups emerged from North Kivu over the past two decades. The conflicts going in the DRC are considered to be the deadliest since World War II. 
 
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3 years 6 months ago
In the midst of a drought, every bit of water conservation helps. Moshe Alamaro, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher, just might hold the key to reducing evaporation of reservoir water. Alamaro formed a startup company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, called More Aqua, Inc. to develop a monolayer film made from material extracted from vegetable oil, which would be put over a reservoir’s surface. The monolayer film can reduce evaporation up to 75 percent. 
 
In dry climates, reservoir water evaporation losses can be equal to or even greater than 50 percent of the surface water supply. MAI wants to...

3 years 6 months ago
(3BL/JustMeans) “National parks are the best idea we ever had,” said Wallace Stegner, the writer and environmentalist, in 1983. The National Park Service, created in 1916, manages 401 sites on 84 million acres across the U.S. More than just beautiful places, national parks also bring economic benefits. According to a report by the NPS, in 2012 they brought $1.5 billion worth of economic benefits. In 2012, NPS sites had over 282 million recreation visits, an increase of 3.9 million over 2011, who spent $14.7 in local gateway communities (within 60 miles of a park). The money the visitors spent contributed 243,000 jobs and $9.3 billion in labor...

3 years 6 months ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - Hotels account for 15 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the U.S., according to the EPA. Restrooms, laundry operations, landscaping and kitchens comprise the largest uses of water in hotels. Multiply all of the faucets and shower heads in every hotel room around the world, and a tremendous amount of water is being used.  In order to help hotels reduce their water use, the EPA launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge, part of its WaterSense program. Hotels who sign up for the Challenge will take a pledge to ACT, an acronym stands for assessing water use and savings opportunities, changing products...

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