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 10 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Water infrastructure in the US is aging. Much of it was built over 100 years ago. The pipes have a lifespan of 75 to 100 years, and many were laid in the early to mid-20th century. There are one million miles of pipes across the nation that deliver drinking water to Americans. About 240,000 water main breaks occur every year, which wastes over two trillion gallons of treated drinking water in the US.

Utilities only average a pipe replacement rate of 0.5 percent a year, according to a report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on the infrastructure in the US. At that rate, it will take about 200 years to...

2 years 10 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Most chickens raised for meat in the US, called broiler chickens, live in horrendous conditions. All birds, including broiler chickens, are exempt from federal animal protection laws. Nearly all broiler chickens are housed in large sheds that contain 20,000 or more chickens. They are in very cramped quarters which leaves them unable to engage in normal and healthy chicken behaviors. Broiler chickens live in their own waste so ammonia irritates their eyes, throats and skin.

One leading chicken producerswants to make the lives of American chickens better. That company is Perdue Farms. Perdue Farms recently announced...

2 years 10 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) A company that focuses on doing good will have increased employee engagement. And employee engagement helps companies retain top talent. Almost 60 percent of employees who are proud of their company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) are engaged at work, according to Double the Nation, which works with schools and non-profit organizations to increase fundraising.

Corporate volunteering is part of employee engagement, one of the most common activities within CSR. Some companies are better at encouraging corporate volunteering. Bacardi, the maker of spirits, is one of those companies.

Bacardi, the largest...

2 years 10 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Food waste is a big problem. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of the food supply in the U.S. alone is wasted. In 2010, about 133 billion pounds of food end up wasted in the U.S., amounting to $161 billion worth of food. Globally, about one-third of all food produced is wasted. Food waste in industrialized countries is about $680 billion. Food that is wasted ends up in landfills where it emits methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 23 times that of carbon dioxide.

Airlines are a big source of food waste. Consider that a flight with 300 people serves 300 meals, and some of the food in those meals goes uneaten. A study on flight...

2 years 10 months ago

(3BL/Justmeans) President Trump has proved to be a president who is weak on climate action. In June, his administration announced it would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Trump will likely continue with policies that are detrimental to the environment, but business can lead where government lags or fails.

The industrial company Ingersoll Rand is an example of a company that leads on climate action. In 2014, the company pledged what it terms a climate commitment to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its products and operations by 2030. As part of the pledge, the company will reduce the GHG refrigerant footprint of...

2 years 10 months ago

There is a clear lack of environmental protection for national parks in the Trump administration. President Trump issued an executive order in April instructing the Secretary of the Interior to review all lands declared national monuments since January 1, 1996.

There’s something in the executive order that speaks volumes. It states that monument designations that result from not coordinating with “relevant stakeholders may also create barriers to achieving energy independence.” Earlier this month, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a secretarial order to speed permits for drilling oil and gas on federal lands and hold more lease sales...

2 years 10 months ago

3BL Media/Justmeans — Disposable cutlery is convenient. Instead of having to wash spoons and forks, it is sometimes easier to use single-use ones that can be thrown into the trash. However, that only adds to the volume of garbage created every day. The average American generates about 4.3 pounds of trash a day, and about 55 percent of the 220 million tons of waste created annually winds up in landfills.

A lot of energy and resources are used to make and transport disposable cutlery and most of the time they can’t be recycled. Disposable plastic cutlery are petroleum-based. Fossil fuels are one of the main drivers behind climate change,...

2 years 10 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) The wood products industry is a leader in the use of renewable energy. Almost two-thirds of the industry’s total energy is from renewable energy, on average. Most pulp and paper mills use the co-generation of steam and power, and many of them sell electricity or renewable energy credits. Energy happens to be Sappi North America’s third largest expense related to pape making, so reducing energy and using more renewables helps the planet and the bottom line.

Sappi North America has set lofty sustainability goals. One of those goals is achieving 60 percent total certified fiber content by 2020. In 2016, the company achieved 54 percent...

2 years 10 months ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) — Why would a car company like General Motors help pollinators? The answer is simple. Along with other companies, the iconic car maker is participating in the Corporate Pollinator Ecosystem Project, an initiative of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development and Pollinator Partnership.

GM and other companies know that pollinators are key for our food supply. One out of every three bites we take is estimated to exist because of pollinators. They are needed for about three-quarters of major food crops. Most of the flowering plant species found globally need pollinators to make the seeds that ensure there are more...

2 years 11 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) Bacardi pledged to stop serving straws last year at company events. The company known for its rum began its "no straw pledge" at its North America regional headquarters office in Coral Cables, Florida and its Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, England.

Why would the world’s largest privately held spirits company join with other companies and National Parks and take a no straws pledge? Straws and stirrers are among the pieces of garbage that are the most collected in the oceans. Over eight million tons of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic produced every year ends up in the oceans. A...