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 12 months ago

Who says a global food company has to send waste to landfills? Nestlé USA certainly doesn't think so. The company recently announced that all of its factories are landfill-free. All 23 of its factories in the U.S. do not send waste to landfills. 

Nestlé has the global goal of having 10 percent of its global factories achieve zero waste to landfill. It’s a goal the company exceeded. In 2013, 11 percent of its factories met the goal. In 2014, 15 percent of the company’s factories worldwide achieved zero waste to landfill. 

Nestlé has been working to reduce its waste for a long time. Since 2004, it has reduced waste for disposal...

2 years 1 week ago

Almost the entire state of California is suffering from the fourth year of a historic drought. California is also the state with the largest agricultural sector in the U.S. Half of the domestically grown fruit, nuts and vegetables are grown in the golden state, which leads the nation in value of agricultural products. 

California agriculture uses much water, about 80 percent of the state’s water supply. The state’s agriculture has a tremendous economic value. In 2013, the value of California agriculture’s exports accounted for $21.24 billion in value. California’s agriculture ranks between fifth and ninth globally, ahead of...

2 years 2 weeks ago

California is experiencing one of its worst droughts. This year marks the fourth year of the drought, and people all over the state are talking about water conservation. One industry is vilified over and over. It’s the industry that uses 80 percent of the state’s water supply. It is also the industry that supplies the nation with food. 

A number of articles have mentioned that agriculture is only two percent of California’s economic activity. What that figure does not take into account is the multiplier effect of California’s agricultural sector. The state produces almost half of domestically grown fruit, nuts and vegetables....

2 years 4 weeks ago

When someone thinks of Google they likely think first of their browser. However, Google should come to the mind of renewable energy enthusiasts. The reason is simple: Google invests in renewable energy, with a goal of powering its operations with 100 percent renewable energy.

The numbers are big: the company has over $1.5 billion worth of agreements to fund renewable energy projects, with a capacity of over 2.5 gigawatts (GW). The projects are expected to generate over six billion kilowatt hours (kWh) a year, enough electricity to power about 500,000 homes.

Google’s North Bayshore campus in Mountain View is one example. The...

2 years 4 weeks ago

California is suffering from one of the worst droughts on record. For the fourth straight year, residents of the golden state have been hearing about the meager rainfall and snowpack. Many state residents think fellow Californians can do much more to conserve water. A poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that two-thirds (66 percent) of Californians surveyed think people in their area of the state are not doing enough to respond to the drought. 

Some California towns are doing more to conserve water than others. The San Joaquin Valley is one of the hardest hit regions of California when it comes to drought. The Valley...

2 years 1 month ago

The Hershey Company recently announced that it is transitioning to simpler ingredients, and that this transition builds on  its commitment to responsible ingredient sourcing. The details are still a bit vague, but the company stated that it plans to introduce new snacking products in the U.S. in 2015 that have simple ingredients. Specifically, the company stated that it plans to transition some of its most popular chocolate brands, including Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, to simpler ingredients.

If you are not a fan of foods with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients, you will be happy to know that...

2 years 2 months ago

Baseball, hot dog, apple pie and Chevrolet are as American as can be, as the old saying goes. General Motors (GM), the company behind Chevrolet, is showing that being good to the environment is also very American. Recently, GM announced that it is procuring wind energy to power some of its manufacturing operations in Mexico. As a result, one of its plants in Mexico will run mostly on renewable energy by adding 34 megawatts of wind power to the facility. That is enough power to charge 22,500,000 Chevrolet Volts.

GM signed a power purchase agreement with Enel Green Power, the company developing and building a wind farm in Palo Alto,...

2 years 2 months ago

Nestlé USA recently announced that it will remove artificial colors and flavors from all of its chocolate candy products by the end of 2015. That means that over 250 of the company’s products and 10 of its brands will be free of the controversial ingredients. By the middle of this year, store shelves will feature Nestlé products bearing the label “No Artificial Flavors or Colors.” 

Nestlé will replace the artificial colors and flavors with ones derived from natural sources. There are several examples. In the Butterfinger candy bar, Red 40 and Yellow 5 will be replaced with annatto, which is derived from the seeds in the fruit of the achiote tree....

2 years 2 months ago

Mars, Inc. is known for its candy. Although the company owns other, non-candy brands, including pet food, making candy is how the company began. However, the company is also making a name for itself when it comes to sustainability. Take Mars Chocolate North America, which achieved zero waste to landfill certification in all 10 of its manufacturing plants. That means those manufacturing plants did not send garbage to landfills. 

Mars has a goal of achieving zero waste to landfill by 2015, a target established in 2007. Since then, the company has reduced waste by 4,500 tons a year, enough garbage to fill 35 football fields, 12 inches deep, annually. Three...

2 years 2 months ago

Last year, California Governor Jerry Brown asked the Golden State’s residents to reduce water use by 20 percent. The reason he asked is that California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its recent history. Despite recent storms in northern California, almost the entire state is still experiencing drought, and a big swath is experiencing exceptional drought. 

Water conservation is badly needed. and Californians are responding by reducing water use, as an Associated Press report shows. A recently released survey found that in December California residents had reduced water use by 22 percent statewide from December 2013 levels....