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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11 months 2 weeks ago

Some companies really stand out when it comes to sustainability. Aramark is one of them. The company that provides food services, facilities management and uniforms recently received the 2015 Sustainability Partner Award from Citi. 

Aramark, which operates in 21 countries, has a strong sustainability program that includes responsible sourcing. Sustainably sourced seafood is part of responsible sourcing, and Aramark has made commitments to transition to 100 percent sustainably sourced seafood in the U.S. by 2018 and to sustainably sourced canned skipjack and albacore tuna in 2016. Aramark is also committed to sourcing locally grown...

11 months 3 weeks ago

Can a large supermarket chain really practice sustainability? One of the largest supermarket chains in the U.S. proves they can.

Albertsons Companies is one of the winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award. The EPA recognized the company, which operates stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia under 18 different banners, for its commitment to bringing awareness of the federal agency’s Safer Choice Program for sustainable products.

The Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award recognizes businesses and organizations that advance the goal of the program to promote chemical...

12 months 1 day ago

At a time when water conservation is high profile because of California’s nearly five-year drought, a company that provides more efficient irrigation systems for farmers is important. Hortau provides such systems and has been doing so for over a decade.

What Hortau’s irrigation system does is to use soil tension to determine the amount of water needed. It helps farmers not only improve their yields, but reduce irrigation costs. And it helps reduce water use by determining the precise amount of water that a crop needs.

Until recently, Hortau has mainly operated in California and Canada, and “...

12 months 4 days ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) Water and food are two essential things that humans need to survive. The world’s population is currently seven bilion and is projected to be nine billion. Having enough food and water for that many people is a daunting task and will require business solutions. One business is up to the task.

That business is United Technologies, a Fortune 45 company with 200,000 employees “doing business all over the world,” as John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer at the company told me. While United Technologies has grown its “revenue three times and over” during the past 20 years, he said, it...

1 year 3 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Some personal care product companies aren’t very forthcoming about the ingredients they use or ones they have eliminated. Procter & Gamble (P&G), which makes a plethora of personal care and cleaning products, including Dawn, is not one of them. The company that makes a multitude of personal care products now publishes a list of over 140 chemicals it does not use in any fragrances in its brands. And it also publishes the chemicals it does use in all of its products. Back in 2012, P&G published its full fragrance palette.


1 year 4 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) The outdoor apparel chain The North Face has a new clothing line made entirely in the U.S. called the Backyard Project. It consists of men’s t-shirts and men’s and women’s full zip and pullover hoodies. The clothing line brings together farmers, artisans and small businesses to create a domestic clothing line, something that isn’t very common these days as a quick glance at clothing labels reveals.

The Backyard Project is not the company’s first foray into domestic clothing manufacturing. A few years ago, in November 2014, the North Face designed a hoodie made from cotton grown in...

1 year 4 weeks ago

(3BL/Just Means) Climate change is a big issue facing the world. It is also one of the key issues investors will consider in 2016 proxy statements.

Environmental issues and sustainable governance make up 40 percent of the total of shareholder resolutions, according to a joint report titled Proxy Preview 2016 by As You Sow, Sustainable Investments Institute, and Proxy Impact. A record number of shareholder resolutions address climate change,...

1 year 1 month ago

Despite more rain thanks to the El Nino weather phenomenon, nearly all of California remains under drought conditions, after four years of scarce rainfall. And a big swath of the state is still experiencing exceptional drought, the worst category. While reservoirs in the northern part of the state are filling up, the Central Valley and Southern California haven’t had as much rain, so reservoir levels are still low. 

One company understands that the drought in California has raised awareness about the importance of water conservation. That company is Yum! Brands, which owns Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and WingStreet. Over the past decade...

1 year 1 month ago

DineEquity, the parent company of IHOP & Applebees, is committed to going 100 percent cage-free in its egg supply chain. By 2025, all of the eggs served at the company’s U.S. restaurants will be cage-free. DineEquity first took steps to make its egg supply chain cage-free in 2008.

IHOP and Applebees combined have thousands of restaurants in the U.S. that serve eggs everyday. IHOP, in particular, serves 65 different breakfast items, which include egg dishes. That means DineEquity can have a big impact on the egg supply chain in the U.S. through its embrace of cage-free eggs. 

DineEquity is just one of many companies over the...

1 year 3 months ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) Food waste and loss is a big deal. About one third of global food production (around 30 to 40 percent) is wasted or lost every year, according to the UN Food and and Agriculture Organization. The value of food lost or wasted annually at the global level is estimated at $1 trillion. The global population is on track to grow by two billion by 2050. A 70 percent increase in agricultural yield would be required to feed nine billion people under present food production trends. That would also require an annual investment of $83 billion in developing countries.

A coalition of 30 leaders at the World Economic Forum in...