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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9 months 4 days ago

(3BL/JustMeans) The company that owns the fast food chains Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut takes green building seriously. Yum Brands is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and has built over 30 LEED certified buildings in nine countries. The company’s LEED certification total was the second highest among restaurateurs in 2015.

Yum Brands has its own green building standard called Blueline, which is named after the earth’s blue atmosphere that can be seen from space. Blue is viewed as a roadmap to LEED certification, and is based on the company’s more than a decade of experience with green building. The focus of...

9 months 2 weeks ago

Nike’s goal is to have zero waste from its footwear manufacturing end up in either landfill or incinerated without energy recovery by 2020. It is a goal it is actively working towards. In 2015, 54 million pounds of factory scrap was turned into materials used in Nike products. In footwear manufacturing in 2015, Nike diverted 92 percent of its total waste from landfill and incineration without energy recovery.

Nearly 60 percent of the environmental impact of a pair Nike shoes is from the materials used to make them. Nike has a goal of reducing the average environmental footprint of its shoes by 10 percent by 2020. Using a material it...

9 months 2 weeks ago

Mars, Incorporated is making strides to be more environmentally friendly. The company known for its chocolate reduced greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 25 percent and sent zero waste to landfill from its 126 manufacturing sites around the world.

Mars recently released its sixth annual Principles in Action Summary which highlights the company’s accomplishments. Mars has over $33 billion in sales and owns iconic brands such as M&M’s, Doublemint, and Uncle Bens.

One way that Mars is reducing its carbon footprint is by taking action on deforestation in its supply chains. And that means responsibly sourcing beef,...

10 months 4 days ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) The clothing industry has a big environmental impact, so using more sustainable materials is one way to lessen its impact. Plastic bottles that aren’t recycled are a big environmental problem. But if they are recycled, they can be turned into a variety of products, including fabric. One outdoor clothing manufacturer is creating a product line made from fabric that contains recycled plastic.


10 months 6 days ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) Does the business world care about climate change? A 2015 survey by CDP asked businesses several questions about a global climate agreement. What they found is that over 800 of the world’s largest companies favored a global deal to tackle climate change. 

The business world has a tremendous opportunity to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG emissions). The world’s 500 largest companies are responsible for over 10 percent of global GHG emissions, and the top 50 firms account for 79 percent of those emissions. 

In December, as countries hammered out a climate agreement in Paris, the Science Based...

10 months 6 days ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Climate change is the biggest crisis facing us today. We are already feeling the impacts. Weather events are more extreme, with increased floods and more droughts, sea levels are rising, and oceans are warming and becoming more acidic. It’s clear we have to work hard to keep global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius, the level scientists say is necessary to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

The entire West Coast is joining together to tackle climate change. Earlier this month, leaders from California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia joined with mayors from Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco...

10 months 2 weeks ago

A company with a strong corporate social responsibility has more engaged employees. Almost 60 percent of employees who are proud of their company’s CSR program are engaged at their jobs, according to Double the Donation.

A good CSR program must consider the needs of its employees. Most American employees want to work for a company that cares about them as individuals, a recent study by Cone Communications found. Considering that the study found that Americans increasingly feel their work and personal life are becoming blended, companies need to really consider their employees needs.

What do employees want the companies...

10 months 4 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) The biggest companies are making the biggest climate change commitments. One example is Ingersoll Rand’s commitment at the 2014 UN Climate Summit. In September 2014, Ingersoll Rand pledged to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from both its operations and products by 2030. The commitment included pledging to reduce GHGs from refrigerants and invest in research and development.

Specifically, Ingersoll Rand pledged to:

  • Reduce the refrigerant GHG footprint of its products by 50 percent by 2020 and incorporate lower global warming potential alternatives across...

10 months 4 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Sappi Limited is a South African pulp and paper company with global operations, including Sappi North America. A company that operates globally can have a big environmental impact. And now, Sappi has decided to make its large impact a more positive one.

Any pulp and paper company that wants to be more environmentally sustainable needs to have good forest stewardship standards. Sappi Limited sources all of its wood and market craft pulp from well-managed forests, and procures all of its fiber from sources in accord with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and  Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards. The company’s goal is to...

10 months 4 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Most people don’t think about the water that comes from their taps unless theirs is not clean. There is a region in New Jersey that provides drinking water for 5.4 million people, or half of the state’s residents. Called the Highlands Region, it consists of over 800,000 acres of pristine wilderness, and provides about 379 million gallons of water daily.

New Jersey became one of the first states to require public water to be tested for a number of contaminants found in drinking water in the 1980s. The garden state even created a Drinking Water Quality Institute to create maximum levels for substances known to be harmful...