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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2 years 4 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Can an industry that creates products from trees be sustainable? The US forest products industry proves it is possible. Accounting for 6 percent of the country’s total manufacturing GDP, the industry places a premium on recycling and using renewable energy. Over 66 percent of the paper consumed in 2011 was recovered. Consisting of about 250 companies, the industry is the leading generator and user of renewable energy. Almost two-thirds of its total energy use is from renewable sources—and it is the largest producer of bioenergy in the industrial sector.

Sappi North America, part of South African-based Sappi Limited, is a good...

2 years 4 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Water scarcity is a big problem for food production. Agriculture is the biggest water user on the planet, accounting for about 70 percent of global water withdrawals. About 40 percent of the global food supply is grown in irrigated areas, while 80 percent of the world’s cropland relies on rainfall for irrigation. Climate change can cause rainfall to vary. Nearly all of the major breadbaskets in the world, including the U.S., are in regions where crop irrigation is dependent on aquifers that are being severely depleted.

Water is one of the food industry’s biggest risks, made...

2 years 4 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Every day, each American uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water. The largest use of household water is flushing the toilet, with showers and baths following behind. Some Americans live in water-stressed areas; about four percent of the contiguous US fell in the severe to extreme drought categories, as of the end of August 2017. Ten percent of the contiguous U.S. fell in the moderate to extreme drought categories. And there is widespread water stress in much of the Southwest, western Great Plains and parts of the Northwest.

Given the amount of water-stressed areas, efficient toilets and other water fixtures make an...

2 years 4 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Over 30 percent of Colorado is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions, while 4 percent of the state is experiencing moderate drought conditions. Rain levels are only 30 percent of the state’s average. A La Niña weather event, which brings less rainfall, has a 50 percent chance of developing. For obvious reasons, water conservation takes a priority when there is less rainfall.

Colorado-based Aurora Organic Dairy understands the importance of water conservation. The company’s latest Corporate Citizenship Report details its progress toward its environmental goals, including water conservation. The leading producer of...

2 years 4 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Water is precious in Las Vegas. Located within the Mojave Desert, it’s a city whose outskirts contain desert vegetation and dry mountain ranges. It gets only 4.17 inches of rain a year, with an average 21 days of rainfall.

Las Vegas is also a major travel destination, with over 42 million visitors in 2016. Resorts actually use only seven percent of southern Nevada’s water, while residents use 59 percent. And 99 percent of the water used inside Las Vegas resort buildings is replenished back into either Lake Mead or the Colorado River.

One resort chain’s practices serve as a good example of water conservation in Las Vegas...

2 years 4 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) This hurricane season has proven to be an extremely active—and destructive—one. Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area, causing an estimated $180 billion in damages. Then Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and Florida, wreaking havoc in those areas. And Hurricane Maria has caused tremendous devastation in Puerto Rico, knocking out power across the entire island.

Communities affected by hurricanes need much help, and many companies have pledged funds to help.


After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, FedEx committed $1 million in cash and transportation support to deliver supplies and medical aid....

2 years 5 months ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) The Central Valley is California’s heartland, a 400- mile long place full of farmland. It has some of the fastest growing cities within our most populous state, and two of them, Stockton and Sacramento, are vulnerable to major flood events.

One of the worst floods in California history—and the worst flood on record in the Central Valley—occurred in January 1997. Over 30 levees ruptured and 300,000 square miles in the Central Valley were flooded. It was “one of the most extensive and costly floods in the state’s history,” according to a 2007 study by the California Department of Water...

2 years 5 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) - Can a global resort chain practice sustainability? Las Vegas Sands' (LVS) ECO360 sustainability strategy proves that the answer can be a resounding, “yes.”

Sands' ECO360 consists of four pillars: green buildings, environmentally responsible operations, green meetings and events, and stakeholder engagement. The company recently announced that while these pillars will remain the same, it is aligning its environmental performance targets with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and science-based targets. The SDGs are 17 goals adopted by countries in 2015 with specific targets to end poverty, fight...

2 years 5 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Carnival Corporation is a cruise company that bills itself as the world’s largest leisure travel company. It is also a company that puts a premium on sustainability, as shown by the progress it has made towards sustainability performance goals it set in 2015. The 10 goals are all specifically designed to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.

One of Carnival's 2020 goals is to reduce the intensity of its equivalent carbon emissions (CO2e) from operations by 25 percent. To achieve that goal, the company has taken steps such as launching a cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The AIDAsol is the world’s first cruise...

2 years 5 months ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) Green building is a trend that is on the upswing. The number of global builders that have at least 60 percent of their projects certified green will double from 2015 to 2018, predicts the World Green Building Trends. By 2023, commercial building owners and managers will have invested an estimated $960 billion globally on making their existing built infrastructure green. The global building sector continues to double every three years, according to the Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report.

Buildings in the US account for nearly 40 percent of national carbon...