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 5 months ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) — When someone takes a swig from their favorite beer, they may not realize that brewing beer is an energy intensive process. But brewing companies that want to reduce their carbon emissions are well aware of the issue.

That's why Carlsberg Group, a global brewer headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, has set the lofty goal of powering its breweries with only renewable energy by 2022. 

The 170 year-old company also has a new program called Together Towards Zero. That program is a means to meet its pledge to achieve zero carbon emissions at its breweries by 2030. By that same year, Carlsberg aims to have...

2 years 6 months ago

Waste is a bigger problem in national parks than many Americans realize. The National Park Service (NPS) manages over 100 million pounds of waste across the country. Much of that waste is generated by the more than 300 million people who visit national parks annually. Over half (59 percent) of Americans who responded to a survey are not aware of the waste management challenges facing the national parks.

Conducted by Subaru of America and National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the survey also found that more than four in five (84 percent) said they would be willing to make a significant effort to reduce the amount of trash left in parks. Subaru...

2 years 6 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) The number of active landfills that receive municipal solid waste across the country have been decreasing. There were almost 8,000 of them in 1988, but less than 2,000 by the mid 2000s. What happens to landfills that are no longer active anymore?

Most landfills are about 40 acres. There are literally millions of acres of space not being used in the U.S. One solution to make good use of inactive landfills is to generate solar power on them. The federal government encourages renewable energy development on active and inactive landfills through the EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative. Through the initiative, former landfills...

2 years 6 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Sea level rise is affecting Florida. Most of Florida’s infrastructure was not built to accommodate major sea level rise, and much of the state’s current coastal infrastructure will need to be either improved or replaced as the sea level rises.

Florida is the third most populous state and the largest in the Southeast. It has the fourth-highest gross state product. It also is a state that will be significantly threatened by climate change, including its coastal infrastructure. The sunshine state has over 8,400 miles of shoreline, which faces risks from flooding and coastal storms, with climate change likely to really increase...

2 years 6 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) JPMorgan Chase has a big global reach. It has offices and operations in over 60 countries in more than 5,500 properties that cover about 75 million square feet—about 27 times the square footage of the office space in the Empire State Building. When a company that big announces new environmental sustainability goals, it has an impact.

One of the global banking company’s new goals is to source renewable power for 100 percent of its global energy needs by 2020. JPMorgan Chase will meet the commitment by installing renewable energy technology across its branches and buildings, plus will be signing power purchase agreements with renewable...

2 years 6 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Food waste is a big problem in Canada. About one third of all food produced in that country for human consumption is wasted. This food waste costs about $31 billion a year. Most of the food waste winds up in landfills where it rots and emits methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 23 times that of carbon. The heat trapping potential of just one ton of methane emissions is 25 times more potent than one ton of carbon measured over a 100-year period, according to Environment Canada, the country’s federal environmental agency.

Food waste is Canada’s largest share of landfill organics. Landfills are responsible for a large...

2 years 6 months ago

(3BL/Justmeans) Machines that brew single cups of coffee are extremely popular. Single serving coffee brewing machines are the second most popular brewing system in the US after drip coffee makers. In 2017, 29 percent of American coffee drinkers used them to brew their favorite drink.

Single serve coffee makers tend to create waste that isn’t recyclable as most of the pods used are made from plastic. And plastic itself is harmful to the environment as it is a petroleum product. Enter the Nespresso machines.

A Nestle Group subsidiary, Nespresso creates single serve coffee machines with pods made from aluminum. It...

2 years 6 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) — Food and beverage companies need to buy agricultural commodities to make their products. Commodity sourcing can be very challenging. Agricultural productivity is affected by the increasingly erratic weather patterns that climate change brings, plus groundwater depletion and soil erosion. Illegal and questionable practices in supply chains are brought to light by campaign groups. As a result, there are certain financial materials risks that companies face, such as operational risks that reduce primary crop and livestock production.

It is key for food and beverage companies to develop climate resilient agricultural...

2 years 6 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) When you are the leading integrated energy company with a firm commitment to sustainable energy, announcing a new plan to transform your business might shake up stakeholders. NRG Energy is that company, and its recent announcement of its transformation plan caused some stakeholders to query the company about its commitment to being a sustainable energy company.

Not to worry. The company is as committed as ever to both creating a sustainable energy future and being a sustainable company. As Bruno Sarda, Vice President, Sustainability, NRG Energy assured in a blog post, “You can count on NRG to stay true to our sustainability commitments and...

2 years 6 months ago

Federal climate change policy is a mess. President Trump announced early in June that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate accord. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency is skeptical of climate change. He told executives from the coal industry that he would create a team of researchers to look into the science behind climate change. Before becoming the head of the EPA, Pruitt stated in an opinion piece for the National Review that the debate concerning climate change is “far from settled.”

While the Trump administration denies climate change and refuses to take action to reduce emissions, both the business...