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 2 weeks ago

L’Oréal USA is investing big time in renewable energy. Recently, the company that sells cosmetics and personal care products announced that it will build two solar power projects at its manufacturing facilities in North Little Rock, Arkansas and Florence, Kentucky. The projects will help accelerate the company’s goals to reduce its carbon emissions by 60 percent from a 2005 baseline by 2020. The company has already achieved a 56 percent reduction in carbon emissions from plants and distribution centers since 2005.

The project in Kentucky is the largest commercial solar array in the state at 1.5 megawatts (MW) and the project in...

9 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - While city folks have public sewers to treat waste, country folks have septic tanks. Anyone who lives in the country knows all about the trials and tribulations of having a septic system, those small tanks underground that treat sewage.

About one-fifth of American households have septic systems. And in some rural communities, schools, businesses, and churches also use septic systems. The Central California farming community of Easton, where I come from, is one of them. Failing septic systems are causing health and environmental problems across the country, as a five-part report by Circle of Blue reveals. 


9 months 3 weeks ago

Sodexo, a French food services company, is reducing its waste and carbon emissions at the food service sites where it operates. With over 32,000 client sites globally, under management, these commitments can have a big impact. 

Sodexo estimates that by 2025 it will have reduced carbon emissions by 34 percent at its food service sites and its facilities. The company plans on achieving those emissions through what it deems are simple changes such as energy efficiency measures like switching to energy efficient HVAC systems at worksites. 

Sodexo has 9,000 sites just in North America. Over 7,300 Sodexo locations in North America...

9 months 3 weeks ago

There is a need for labels that tell consumers packaging can be recycled. Twenty-eight percent of Americans say they will only recycle items that they know are recyclable. Only one in five will do extra research to determine if an item can be recycled if it is not clearly labeled. One company is leading the way when it comes to communicating to consumers about packaging. That company is Whirlpool and it has a new partnership with recycling labeling system How2Recycle. 

The label, printed clearly on packaging, explains about the material the packaging is made out of and gives detailed recycling instructions such as “remove label before...

9 months 3 weeks ago

Hurricane Matthew just caused major flooding in parts of the Southeast. It's the country’s thirteenth billion-dollar weather disaster this year. A new Ceres report ranks the responses of the country’s largest insurance companies to climate change risks. What it finds is that while the disclosure and management of climate risks is improving by more U.S. insurers, most are giving minimal attention to it in terms of risks and opportunities.

The report, titled Insurer "Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report and Scorecard: 2016 Findings & Recommendations," ranks property and casualty, life and annuity, and health insurers representing more than two-...

9 months 3 weeks ago

Why would a liquor company have a no straw initiative? The answer is simple. Bacardi Limited knows that those little plastic tubes are bad for the environment. In the U.S. alone, 500 million straws are used daily. That’s enough to fill over 127 school buses every day, or over 46,400 school buses a year. Most straws are made from plastic, which is not biodegradable. 

Back in March, Bacardi launched an initiative to stop the use of straws and plastic stirrers in cocktails at company events. The company famous for its rum, began the initiative at its regional headquarters in Coral Gables, Florida and its Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke...

10 months 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Sappi North America, a subsidiary of Sappi Limited with over 2,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada, focuses on sustainability. The company established long term sustainability goals in 2008, called 2020Vision. One of those goals is to ensure that 60 percent of its fiber content is certified by third-party certification programs, including the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). 

Already, all of its wood fiber is sourced from well-managed forests according to FSC controlled wood standard and the SFI certified sourcing...

10 months 3 weeks ago

Big companies are taking climate change very seriously. Before the December 2015 climate talks in Paris, 154 companies signed the pledge to demonstrate their support for action on climate change. The 154 companies have operations in all 50 states, employ almost 11 million people, represent over $4.2 trillion in annual revenue and have a combined market capitalization of over $7 trillion. 

The possibility of a price on carbon is helping spur these companies to take action on climate change. Most companies have a positive perception of a mandatory carbon price....

11 months 4 days ago

Whirlpool Corporation bills itself as the world’s largest global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Some of the appliances it sells in the U.S. are made domestically. In the near future, many of those appliances will be partly made with wind energy. 

Whirlpool is building wind turbines to help power its plants in the Ohio towns of Marion and Ottawa. Once the wind power projects are completed, they will make Whirlpool one of the largest Fortune 500 users of on-site wind power in the U.S. The turbines will generate enough energy to power over 2,400 average homes. 

The three Marion wind turbines, scheduled for...

11 months 3 weeks ago

Hospitals rely on a vast amount of plastic--from irrigation bottles to pitchers. What happens to that plastic when it’s reached the end of its uselessness? It is used once and then chucked into the garbage bin.

Hospitals generate 33.8 pounds of waste every day per staffed bed. When this is multiplied across world hospital bed density the amount of waste generated is about 100 million tons per year. That is a staggering amount of waste to end up in landfills. When waste rots in landfills methane, a greenhouse gas (GHG) with a warming potential 23 times that of carbon, is emitted. A portion of the waste generated in hospitals is plastic...