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 2 weeks ago

UPS has set some lofty goals. One of them is to have 25 percent of the electricity it uses come from renewable energy sources by 2025. In 2016, only 0.2 percent came from renewable sources.

By 2020, UPS wants to have one in four new vehicles it buys every year to be an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle, up from one in six in 2016. By 2025, 40 percent of all ground fuel will come from non-conventional gasoline and diesel sources, up from 19.6 percent in 2016. The new goals support UPS’s goal to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations 12 percent by 2025....

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) We depend on pollinators like bees and other insects more than we realize. They help pollinate almost 75 percent of our crops, including most fruits and vegetables. Without them, we would have little to eat. Pollination by US honey bees in 2010 contributed to more than $19 billion worth of crops, and pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to almost $10 billion of crops the same year.

North American pollinators are at risk. hundreds of pollinator species are on the brink of extinction. Honey bees and wild pollinators are declining. Beekeepers routinely lose more than 30 percent of their...

1 month 3 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Mining is an industry that uses much water and energy. One mining company is doing what it can to become more environmentally friendly. That company is Newmont Mining Corporation, which has active gold mines in Australia, Peru, Suriname, Ghana and the U.S.

Newmont developed an internal pricing mechanism in 2016 to help them understand both the cost of GHG emissions and the impact of adopting low-carbon energy alternatives for their operations. The internal pricing mechanism is also called a shadow cost of carbon and it estimates the future costs of an investments GHG emissions based on regulatory regimes in a country....

1 month 3 weeks ago

About 30 percent of food in the U.S. is wasted. In 2010, 31 percent of food waste translated to 133 billion pounds of food worth $161 billion. Food waste is the single largest component of trash in municipal landfills. Food sent to landfill gives off methane as it rots, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 23 times that of carbon. Landfills are the third largest source of methane emissions in the U.S.

Aramark is one company that works to reduce its food waste, as its Food Waste Progress report shows. The company has a goal to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030, and it has reduced food waste on average by 12.5 percent. It has reduced food...

1 month 3 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Water is a precious resource, as the five years of extreme drought Californians have just lived through teach us. The lesson learned is how the private and public sector manage water can help take stress off of watersheds. To better manage water, open and shared data is necessary.

Presently, the value of water data has not been widely documented, communicated or quantified. An internet of water (IOW) would make water data effectively integrated. And making public water data open and digitally accessible is a necessary step in using water data for sustainability. Those are the main findings from a series on water data...

1 month 3 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) We all use devices that are connected to the internet. The demand for those devices is only going to increase. The trend is for more and more devices to increase the demand for computing and data storage. An estimated 100 billion connected devices in 2020 will create an even greater demand for computing and data storage than the current infrastructure can handle.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is working to create a sustainable ICT supply chain. HPE recently announced the launch of the first comprehensive supply chain management program based on climate science in the world. The program will...

1 month 3 weeks ago

Boeing is reducing waste, water use and emissions in its facilities while business keeps booming. The company that produces aircraft generated less greenhouse gas emissions, used less water, sent fewer solid waste to landfill, and generated less hazardous waste in 2016.

Developing alternatives to fossil fuels is key in reducing emissions for a sector like the aircraft industry. Boeing is investing in alternatives to fossil fuels such as a 10 percent biofuel blend made from Brazilian cane sugar that was used during all test flights. Biofuels can reduce life-cycle emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared with fossil fuel.

Boeing partners...

1 month 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — The hotel industry has a big environmental impact. Hotels use vast amounts of energy and water, and generate solid and hazardous waste. Some hotels are now grasping the importance of reducing their environmental impact.

One of those hotels is the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C. which became the first hotel to earn LEED Platinum certification in the U.S. Operated by Quaintance-Weaver Hotels, the hotel uses 39 percent less energy, 34 percent less water, and 87 percent less water. 

While doing eco-friendly upgrades to the hotel, the staff made sure that the replaced loop was kept from landfill by recycling it through...

1 month 4 weeks ago

A linear economy does not consider the end of a product’s life. In the linear model, products and their components eventually wind up in landfill. Although we are currently in a linear economy, that is rapidly changing. What is emerging is a circular economy that considers the end of a product’s life so it can be put back into a supply chain. In a circular economy, waste just does not exist.

One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. A circular economy supports that goal. Shifting to a circular economy could result in $4.5 trillion of global economic growth by...

2 months 2 days ago

Food waste is a gigantic problem. About 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes uneaten. Americans are throwing away the equivalent of $165 billion a year and that uneaten food winds up in a landfill where it rots, giving off methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 23 times that of carbon dioxide.

It takes 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget to get food from farms to our tables. Farming takes up 50 percent of U.S. land and 80 percent of all freshwater consumed in the U.S. Yet, uneaten food is the largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste in landfills. Reducing food losses by 15 percent would feed over 25 million...