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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1 year 3 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...

1 year 3 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...

1 year 3 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...

1 year 1 month 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...

1 year 1 month 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...

1 year 1 month 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 “...

1 year 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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,...