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 1 month ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) The clothing industry has a big environmental impact, so using more sustainable materials is one way to lessen its impact. Plastic bottles that aren’t recycled are a big environmental problem. But if they are recycled, they can be turned into a variety of products, including fabric. One outdoor clothing manufacturer is creating a product line made from fabric that contains recycled plastic.


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(3BL Media/JustMeans) Does the business world care about climate change? A 2015 survey by CDP asked businesses several questions about a global climate agreement. What they found is that over 800 of the world’s largest companies favored a global deal to tackle climate change. 

The business world has a tremendous opportunity to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG emissions). The world’s 500 largest companies are responsible for over 10 percent of global GHG emissions, and the top 50 firms account for 79 percent of those emissions. 

In December, as countries hammered out a climate agreement in Paris, the Science Based...

1 year 1 month ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Climate change is the biggest crisis facing us today. We are already feeling the impacts. Weather events are more extreme, with increased floods and more droughts, sea levels are rising, and oceans are warming and becoming more acidic. It’s clear we have to work hard to keep global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius, the level scientists say is necessary to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

The entire West Coast is joining together to tackle climate change. Earlier this month, leaders from California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia joined with mayors from Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco...

1 year 2 months ago

A company with a strong corporate social responsibility has more engaged employees. Almost 60 percent of employees who are proud of their company’s CSR program are engaged at their jobs, according to Double the Donation.

A good CSR program must consider the needs of its employees. Most American employees want to work for a company that cares about them as individuals, a recent study by Cone Communications found. Considering that the study found that Americans increasingly feel their work and personal life are becoming blended, companies need to really consider their employees needs.

What do employees want the companies...

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(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 2 months 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...

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(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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 “...