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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2 months 1 week ago

Older refrigerators are not environmentally friendly. They may contain ozone-depleting refrigerants and foam blowing agents. There are an estimated 200 million household refrigerators and over 20 million of them are secondary ones located in a basement or garage. Those secondary refrigerators are usually older and less energy efficient. 

If all refrigerators 15 years or older in the US were replaced with Energy Star certified refrigerators, the savings would add up to over $800 million in annual energy costs, or the energy savings equivalent to powering 876,000 homes. Replacing those old refrigerators would prevent over 14 billion pounds...

2 months 1 week ago

When it comes to the environment, the Trump presidency is a string of bad news. Recently, President Trump announced that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate agreement. “So, we’re getting out,” he proclaimed.

While Trump decided that climate change is not worth dealing with, the business world has been taking action to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Several businesses responded to the announcement by affirming that the business community believes climate change is real and is taking action. Disney and General Electric are two of those companies. Disney is so serious about climate change that the company which...

2 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Natural rubber is a part of our everyday lives because tires are part of our lives, whether we drive a car or take public transportation. Tire manufacturing represents 75 percent of the natural rubber market. 

General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, sources over 49 million tires annually. The company recently announced its commitment to source sustainable natural rubber for its tires. By doing so, GM will help drive the automotive industry toward net-zero deforestation and is developing purchasing requirements in hopes the entire industry will join them in transforming the rubber supply chain.

There are barriers that...

2 months 2 weeks ago

When you are a company that has been embroiled in a scandal that involved cheating on diesel engine emissions tests, you need to set your environmental targets high. And that is precisely what Volkswagen has done.

Volkswagen intends to cut the environmental impact of its production in half by 2025. That includes a 45 percent reduction in carbon emissions, energy and water consumption, waste production and solvent emissions, against a 2010 baseline. The company has already met its 25 percent reduction in those areas by 2018.

”We are on the way to the resource-optimized factory,” declared Production Board Member Thomas Ulbrich. Achieving a...

2 months 2 weeks ago

Back in 1993, the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), a local utility, realized that the area would need more water sources. The state mandated withdrawal reductions from the Edwards Aquifer, one of the three aquifers San Antonio depends on for its water supply. SAWS began water conservation programs and added recycled water. 

Three years later, SAWS conducted research and feasibility studies on using aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) technology. Water is injected into an aquifer through a well in the ASR system and it now serves as an underground storage reservoir. SAWS opened the Twin Oaks ASR facility in 2004, which is now...

2 months 3 weeks ago

Getting packages and documents delivered on time creates a big environmental footprint, but FedEx wants to change that. The company avoided over two million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) with fuel and energy saving initiatives. That amount of CO2e is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by over 1.9 million acres of U.S. forest in a year.

Other accomplishments to decrease its environmental footprint are mentioned in FedEx’s 2017 Global Citizenship report. That includes decreasing GHG emissions intensity of its business by 5.7 percent while increasing revenue. Another accomplishment is saving over 43...

2 months 3 weeks ago

Water is a precious resource, as anyone who has lived through a drought can tell you. HanesBrands is a company that grasps the importance of water management.

HanesBrands earned an above average score for water management for the CDP 2016 Climate Change Report. The company’s score was higher than both the apparel industry and S&P averages in context, governance and strategy, direct risks and response and indirect risks and response. Since 2007, the company has reduced its water use by 31 percent, and has a goal of reducing water use by 50 percent by 2020.

Both water conservation and wastewater treatment are key parts of...

3 months 3 weeks ago

The Promise launched in theaters worldwide on April 21, starring Christian Bale. Set during the Armenian genocide in 1915, Bale plays a reporter who covers the genocide. 

The movie is one that has controversy surrounding it. Although the Armenian genocide is considered by historical scholars to be the first genocide of the 20th century, Turkey still denies it was a genocide. 
The Armenian genocide officially began on April 24, 1915 when a couple hundred Armenian leaders and intellectuals were arrested. Most of them were murdered later. Soon after, the Turkish government began deporting Armenians to the Syrian desert on what is called the “...

4 months 1 day ago

(3BL/JustMeans) At a time when the U.S. government is backtracking on climate change action, some companies are committed to reducing its carbon emissions. Among them is Dutch beer brewer Heineken. 

Heineken set a goal to reduce its carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020 in all of its global business operations in over 70 countries. To achieve that goal, the company set targets that include:

Decreasing emissions in production by 40 percent 
Decreasing emissions from its refrigerators by 50 percent
Decreasing emissions from distribution in Europe and the Americas by 20 percent

Heineken has been making progress on its 2020 goals...

4 months 1 week ago

Sustainable business models have a major role to play in economic growth. They could unlock economic opportunities worth up to $12 trillion and increase employment by up to 380 million jobs by 2030, as a report by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) reveals. 

There are four areas where the economic opportunities can be unlocked: energy, cities, food and agriculture, and health and well being.The key is for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), 17 goals developed by the UN, to be the benchmark of global economic strategy. In January 2016, the SDGs came into effect, covering areas such as climate change, economic inequality,...