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 6 months ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, has expanded the solar energy system on top of its Denver-area store. The rooftop solar panels on the Centennial, Colorado store, which opened two years ago, are double the size of the original array. Before the expansion, the array was the state’s largest single-use rooftop solar array on a commercial building and now is the largest of any use. The total system includes 4,704 panels generating 1,701,000 kWh of power a year, which is equivalent to reducing 1,200 tons of carbon or powering 180 homes. The Centennial stores also features a geothermal heating and cooling system. ...

3 years 6 months ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - Bear Republic Brewing Company, Inc. and Cambrian Innovation, a water and bioenergy technology provider, unveiled an EcoVolt water treatment system at Bear Republic’s brewery in Cloverdale, California. The EcoVolt system uses bioelectric technology to treat wastewater and generate biogas. Developed over the past five years with grants from the National Science Foundation, the typical EcoVolt installation can create 30 to 200 kilowatts of power. Bear Republic is the first brewery to buy the EcoVolt system which will be used to generate clean water and energy, plus reduce water treatment costs and its carbon footprint. ...

3 years 6 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) - Hunger is a big problem around the world. According to the estimates of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, 870 million of the world’s 7.1 billion people, or one in eight, suffer from chronic undernourishment. In 2007, Yum Brands created an annual World Hunger Relief effort to raise awareness about world hunger and raise money for the UN’s World Food Program (WFP). Yum Brands describes its World Hunger Relief effort as the “world’s largest private sector hunger relief initiative,” involving over 130 countries and territories, about 40,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants and almost 1.5 million...


3 years 6 months ago
(3BL Media/JustMeans) - Palm oil is in many products that consumers purchase. The consumption of palm oil has increased almost sixfold since 2000, and 98 percent of the palm oil imported into the U.S. comes from southeast Asia, mainly Indonesia and Malaysia. Here’s the problem: Greenpeace calls the palm oil sector the “greatest single cause of deforestation in Indonesia.” Indonesian rainforests are disappearing at the rate of a quarter of a million hectares every year. Those rainforests are home to tigers, and it is thought that there may be as few as 400 tigers left in the rainforests of Sumatra. Palm oil and pulpwood plantations were...

3 years 7 months ago
(3BL Media/JustMeans) A People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) video shows rabbits having their fur ripped off and screaming in pain. The video, a result of an undercover investigation, is having a big impact in the fashion world. Well known retailers have announced that they are halting the production of angora products. Those retailers include H&M, Gap, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, ARROW, Van Heusen, Marks & Spencer, and Esprit. 
 
The investigation included nine angora farms in China, which is the source of 90 percent of the world’s supply of angora fur. No penalties for animal abuse exist...

3 years 7 months ago
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Green Century Equity Fund recently filed a shareholder resolution to urge Safeway to voluntarily label its private line of products that contain GMOs ingredients. Safeway is one of the largest grocery store chains in North America with 1,406 stores in the U.S. and Canada. The Green Century Equity Fund is administered by the Green Century Capital Management. 
 
The reason why Green Century filed the shareholder resolution is that it believes in customer choice. Or as Lucia von Reusner, Shareholder Advocate for Green Century Capital Management, said in a statement, “Customers have the right to...

3 years 8 months ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - There is a growing economic value to sustainable investing: it has grown by over 22 percent in the last two years to $3.74 trillion in total managed assets, according to Forbes. Morgan Stanley is a company known for investing. The firm that helps four million clients manage $1.8 trillion of assets will now be known for sustainable investing. Earlier this month, Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO James Gorman launched the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing at Columbia Business School. The purpose of the Institute is to build on the work the company is already doing and expand opportunities for sustainable...

3 years 8 months ago
(3BL Media/JustMeans) - Producing bottled water doesn’t use as much water as one would think. A study recently released by the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) found that production of bottled water is less than for all other packaged beverages. On average, it only takes 1.39 liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water. Although total water use and total water production increased by about three percent, water use ratio stayed about the same during the period of the study. “This trend demonstrates that process efficiencies are being recognized while the industry experiences sustainable growth,” the report states. Other...

3 years 9 months ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized DHL Express USA , a logistics company that is part of Deutsche Post DHL, by awarding the company with a SmartWay Excellence Award. One of 55 companies to receive the award, the EPA recognized DHL for the company’s initiatives to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions. SmartWay is a recognition program that awards leading shippers, logistics companies and freight carriers that have environmental programs in place to make their freight operations more efficient. The awardees represent the top one percent of all SmartWay Partners, and DHL is the only medium/small...

3 years 9 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - One of the top U.S. cell phone carriers is amping up its purchases of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). AT&T is halfway to its goal of deploying 15,000 AFVs over a 10 year period ending in 2018. Since the company began investing in AFVs, it has purchased 7,500 in 44 states. Part of the goal is to invest in 8,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles by 2014. The fleet already consists of 5,474 CNG vehicles. There are 1,996 hybrid electric vehicles, 27 extended range electric and three all-electric vehicles (EVs). The three deployed all EVs are a Smith Newton cargo truck in St. Louis, Missouri, and two Ford Transit...


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