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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4 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Mars and Nestlé recently announced that they will take steps to ensure their pet food supply chains are free of illegally caught seafood and human rights abuses. Nestlé is committed to a full ban on transshipment at sea in its supply chains. Mars committed to suspending the use of transshipped products in its supply chains if its suppliers do not address the illegal fishing and human rights issues. Nestlé and Mars are the largest pet food companies in the world. 

Transshipment is a way that companies move fish from one boat to another. It allows them to remain at sea for longer periods to catch illegal seafood,...

5 months 3 weeks ago

President Trump has made it clear that environmental issues, including climate change, are not important to his administration. He appointed the CEO of ExxonMobil as the Secretary of State  and a man who sued the EPA 14 times to head the agency. Climate change is an environmental issue that Trump has repeatedly said he does not even believe occurs. However, many businesses not only believe in climate change but are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

When the government fails, business can succeed. And when it comes to climate change, many businesses are taking action. Back in August, companies and...

5 months 3 weeks ago

Mountain Rose Herbs has achieved a Zero Waste Facility Certification from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). It is the first Oregon-based company to received certification, scoring Platinum status, the highest level of certification. Companies awarded zero waste certification have to divert at least 90 percent of all non-hazardous waste from landfills and incineration.

A company that offers organic herbs and spices, Mountain Rose adopted a zero waste policy in 2007. Back then, the company would empty a dumpster about four to five times monthly, but after launching the zero waste policy, it empties the same dumpster once a...

6 months 5 days ago

The day after President Trump signed an executive order that drastically alters immigration, people across the US went to airports to protest it. Some companies are also not thrilled with Trump’s executive order. 

Starbucks has taken the strongest stance against the executive order. Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz stated in a letter that the company is “developing plans” to hire 10,000 refugees over a five-year period in the 75 countries where it does business. It will begin in the US by focusing on hiring people who served as interpreters and support personnel with US troops. Schultz also declared in the letter that Starbucks will “stand by, nor...

6 months 1 week ago

Las Vegas is a place where water is scarce.‭ ‬The city has an annual average rainfall of‭ ‬just‭ ‬4.2‭ ‬inches.‭ ‬Conserving every drop of water possible is important in such an arid place.‭ ‬MGM Resorts International is a company that clearly understands this practice.‭ 

Headquartered in Las Vegas,‭ ‬MGM Resorts has focused on water conservation since‭ ‬2005.‭ ‬Part of MGM Resort’s water conservation efforts are focused on water used outdoors.‭ ‬The Park,‭ ‬the company’s recent addition to the Las Vegas Strip,‭ ‬has a water-efficient landscape.‭ ‬A well provides most of The Park’s water,‭ ‬while a closed-loop system captures,‭ ‬filters and...

6 months 2 weeks ago

(‬3BL Media/Justmeans‭) — ‬Cutting down on waste requires companies to be innovative.‭ ‬That‭’‬s something vodka brand‭ ‬42BELOW knows all about.‭ ‬A company owned by Bacardi Limited,‭ ‬42BELOW‭ ‬has‭ ‬launched a line of soap made from recycled cocktail lemons,‭ ‬the first of its kind.‭ ‬It signed up bars across Australia and New Zealand to collect the used lemons and fruit used in‭ ‬their‭ ‬cocktails and send them to the company’s lab‭ ‬that turns them into liquid lemon soap.‭ ‬The soap is then sent back to the bars.‭ 

Launched in early December‭ ‬2016,‭ ‬42BELOW has collected‭ ‬400‭ ‬kilograms of fruit‭ ‬waste,‭ ‬which it turned...

8 months 2 weeks ago

Reducing water use has become popular among companies. Most sustainability reports include at least a small section about water reduction. One company made reducing its water use important when it was not on the radar of other companies.

That company is the iconic American auto manufacturer, Ford Motor Company. As Andy Hobbs, Director Environmental Quality Office for Ford, told Justmeans, “Back in 2000, we as a company decided that water was something that needed to be taken very seriously. Back then, water was relatively inexpensive, and a lot of folks kind of looked at us and said, 'Why are we focusing on reducing water?' So, we went through the hoops...

8 months 3 weeks ago

President-elect Donald Trump has voiced his denial of climate change on several occasions. And his choice of Myron Ebell, a known climate change denier, to lead the transition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demonstrates that Trump’s position may not change. However, a few weeks ago, a side event occurred at the climate talks in Marrakesh, Morocco that demonstrated just how much the business world not only believes in the occurrence of climate change, but believes in taking climate action.

Leaders of four companies talked about the benefits of investing in clean energy and efficiency, in an event sponsored by the Center for...

9 months 4 days ago

California is in its sixth year of drought, and a swath of the state is in the worst category, "exceptional." One of its reservoirs, Lake Cachuma has nearly disappeared, with only seven percent capacity. 

Enter a new coalition of 20 organizations which will support projects to protect the state’s future through collaboration. The groups have formed the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC) and include environmental organizations, food and beverage companies, non-profits, farmers and local water districts. 
First conceived in 2014 after a Water Action Hub meeting hosted by the CEO Water Mandate in Los Angeles, the CWAC has three priorities...

9 months 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - For those who care about the environment and social justice, the election of Donald Trump is a shock. Some of have wallowed in despair, while others entertained thoughts of leaving the country. By now, most should be thinking about what can be done to fight for what we believe in. 

The business community has a unique and important role to play in making the country more environmentally responsible and more inclusive. Sustainability has become an important part of what it means to operate a business responsibly. The Bruntland Report for the World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainability as...