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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8 months 1 week ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Conserving water is important in a world where some regions are water-stressed. One company understands water conservation and works to produce products that save water: Kohler Co.

Kohler was recently awarded the U.S. Water Prize for water conservation efforts by U.S. Water Alliance during its One Water Summit in New Orleans. The Water Prize is presented every year in five categories, including a private sector water organization. Kohler was recognized this year in private sector category for developing and promoting water-efficient products that meet EPA’s WaterSense efficiency requirements. Kohler has partnered with WaterSense since...

8 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Coconut oil is growing in popularity. It is projected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.75 percent. The wide range of health benefits associated with coconut oil is one of the main drivers of market growth. What is lacking in the coconut oil industry is sustainable certification.

A partnership between BASF, Cargill, Procter & Gamble (P&G), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH will establish a sustainable certified supply chain of coconut oil in the Philippines and Indonesia, the two top producers of coconuts and exporters of coconut-based products, including coconut oil....

8 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math careers (STEM) careers. The percentage of women in STEM careers has stagnated since 2001, particularly within the engineering and computing workforces where only 12 percent and 26 percent of the workforces are women. And the number of women working at tech companies is seriously low. Men make up 80 percent of the tech industry’s global workforce. Facebook’s workforce is only made up of 27 percent women, while Google’s is 31 percent.

Enter Verizon, which is addressing the need for more women in STEM careers by reaching middle-school girls through a three-week...

8 months 2 weeks ago

Is a net zero emissions economy even possible? There are companies and organizations who think so.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi) last year at COP21 in Paris. It is comprised of more than 160 companies and 70 partners working together to speed the transition to a net zero emissions economy. Supported by We Mean Business partners, LCTPi working groups as a whole target 65 percent of the emissions reductions needed to achieve the below two degree Celsius objective.

Below50 is another initiative of the WBCSD, launched last June in the U.S...

8 months 3 weeks ago

Shareholders are starting to take climate change seriously, as the 2017 proxy season indicates. There were a number of majority and near-majority shareholder votes supporting proposals calling for action on climate change plus a large amount of resolution withdrawals due to corporate climate commitments.

The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) filed 66 shareholder resolutions directly related to climate change impacts in 2017. Many of the resolutions were filed at multiple companies and co-filed by a large group of investors. The ICCR filed resolutions with 17 companies, mostly in the energy sector, requesting they...

8 months 3 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....

8 months 3 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...

8 months 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....

8 months 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...

8 months 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...