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 3 weeks ago

Can a hotel chain practice environmental sustainability? The hotel and resort chain, Sands, proves that it's possible. The company has completed over 300 energy conservation projects globally since 2010. The projects resulted in annual electricity savings of 247 kilowatt hours (kWh), more than enough energy to power The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo in Las Vegas combined.

The company’s latest sustainability report highlights what it has done to take care of the environment. The projects range from simple lighting retrofits to building re-commissioning, air side optimization and chiller plant optimization. Sands added an...

11 months 3 weeks ago

Steel manufacturing is energy intensive. That means it creates a significant amount of carbon emissions. Can the metal be created without those carbon emissions? Siemens and other European companies seem to think so, as they are looking at making steel without carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

Siemens, a German company, is at the forefront. Germany made 42.7 million tons of steel in 2015, making it the largest producer of raw steel in the EU. It is the seventh largest steel producer in the world. The German steel industry accounted for 6.4 percent of Germany’s total carbon emissions in 2014. Siemens and other partners in...

11 months 3 weeks ago

Mars Inc. is known for making candy and pet food. Now the company can be known for achieving its zero waste to landfill goal. As of December 31, 2015 none of the company’s 126 manufacturing sites globally sends waste to landfill. In 2007, Mars sent over 154,000 tons of waste to landfill. 

Mars makes good use of the old adage reduce, reuse and recycle. And it is by adhering to that adage that it has achieved zero waste to landfill. Take its Mars Petcare manufacturing site in Melton, U.K. which reached zero waste to landfill ahead of the 2015 deadline. All of the waste generated onsite is either reused, recycled or used as fuel. The site also composts...

11 months 4 weeks ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) Water is not something that should ever be wasted. Just ask Californians who are suffering through their fifth year of drought. General Motors clearly understands that water conservation is essential as the company’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, where the Chevrolet Volt is manufactured, now has a a rainwater capture system. 

It took two years to complete the rainwater capture project which allows rainwater to be reused in manufacturing. The assembly plant, which is four million square feet, already had two rainwater retention ponds on its grounds, but it paid to send the excess water to the city’s treatment...

1 year 1 week ago

Textile waste is a huge problem. In just the U.S. alone, 25 million pounds of textiles are created every year. That is about 82 pounds per person. Only 15 percent is donated or recycled, and the rest ends up in landfills. The amount that isn’t recycled is about 21 billion pounds, and is over 5.2 percent of municipal solid waste generated in the U.S.

Some companies are working to address the problem. One of them is Project Repat, which takes old, unwanted t-shirts and sweatshirts and turns them into quilts or pillows. Customers send in their old tee shirts and sweatshirts to create a customized quilt or pillow. The company began in Nairobi,...

1 year 1 week ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Why on earth would the car company, General Motors, and the U.S. Navy team up? The answer is simple. GM and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) are working together to incorporate automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems into the Navy’s unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs). 

The NRL recently finished evaluating a prototype UUV that contained a GM fuel cell in its powertrain. The NRL conducted the tests at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock, Maryland. The in-water experiments revealed that fuel cells and UUVs have a bright future. Energy is a core technology in the ONR’...

1 year 1 week ago

(3BL/JustMeans) - Caterpillar manufactures heavy equipment, so some of its operations are extremely energy-intensive. Yet, its employees have found ways to reduce energy use through innovative energy systems. The company now gets 21.1 percent of its electricity use from renewable and alternative energy.

Energy conservation has long been important to Caterpillar. The company first set energy efficiency targets back in 1998, and now has a targets for alternative and renewable energy and reducing its energy intensity in its operations, as its latest sustainability report details. From 2006 to 2015, its operational energy intensity decreased by 24...

1 year 3 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) The company that owns the fast food chains Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut takes green building seriously. Yum Brands is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and has built over 30 LEED certified buildings in nine countries. The company’s LEED certification total was the second highest among restaurateurs in 2015.

Yum Brands has its own green building standard called Blueline, which is named after the earth’s blue atmosphere that can be seen from space. Blue is viewed as a roadmap to LEED certification, and is based on the company’s more than a decade of experience with green building. The focus of...

1 year 1 month ago

Nike’s goal is to have zero waste from its footwear manufacturing end up in either landfill or incinerated without energy recovery by 2020. It is a goal it is actively working towards. In 2015, 54 million pounds of factory scrap was turned into materials used in Nike products. In footwear manufacturing in 2015, Nike diverted 92 percent of its total waste from landfill and incineration without energy recovery.

Nearly 60 percent of the environmental impact of a pair Nike shoes is from the materials used to make them. Nike has a goal of reducing the average environmental footprint of its shoes by 10 percent by 2020. Using a material it...

1 year 1 month ago

Mars, Incorporated is making strides to be more environmentally friendly. The company known for its chocolate reduced greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 25 percent and sent zero waste to landfill from its 126 manufacturing sites around the world.

Mars recently released its sixth annual Principles in Action Summary which highlights the company’s accomplishments. Mars has over $33 billion in sales and owns iconic brands such as M&M’s, Doublemint, and Uncle Bens.

One way that Mars is reducing its carbon footprint is by taking action on deforestation in its supply chains. And that means responsibly sourcing beef,...