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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3 years 3 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) We all use devices that are connected to the internet. The demand for those devices is only going to increase. The trend is for more and more devices to increase the demand for computing and data storage. An estimated 100 billion connected devices in 2020 will create an even greater demand for computing and data storage than the current infrastructure can handle.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is working to create a sustainable ICT supply chain. HPE recently announced the launch of the first comprehensive supply chain management program based on climate science in the world. The program will...

3 years 3 months ago

Boeing is reducing waste, water use and emissions in its facilities while business keeps booming. The company that produces aircraft generated less greenhouse gas emissions, used less water, sent fewer solid waste to landfill, and generated less hazardous waste in 2016.

Developing alternatives to fossil fuels is key in reducing emissions for a sector like the aircraft industry. Boeing is investing in alternatives to fossil fuels such as a 10 percent biofuel blend made from Brazilian cane sugar that was used during all test flights. Biofuels can reduce life-cycle emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared with fossil fuel.

Boeing partners...

3 years 3 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — The hotel industry has a big environmental impact. Hotels use vast amounts of energy and water, and generate solid and hazardous waste. Some hotels are now grasping the importance of reducing their environmental impact.

One of those hotels is the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C. which became the first hotel to earn LEED Platinum certification in the U.S. Operated by Quaintance-Weaver Hotels, the hotel uses 39 percent less energy, 34 percent less water, and 87 percent less water. 

While doing eco-friendly upgrades to the hotel, the staff made sure that the replaced loop was kept from landfill by recycling it through...

3 years 3 months ago

A linear economy does not consider the end of a product’s life. In the linear model, products and their components eventually wind up in landfill. Although we are currently in a linear economy, that is rapidly changing. What is emerging is a circular economy that considers the end of a product’s life so it can be put back into a supply chain. In a circular economy, waste just does not exist.

One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. A circular economy supports that goal. Shifting to a circular economy could result in $4.5 trillion of global economic growth by...

3 years 3 months ago

Food waste is a gigantic problem. About 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes uneaten. Americans are throwing away the equivalent of $165 billion a year and that uneaten food winds up in a landfill where it rots, giving off methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 23 times that of carbon dioxide.

It takes 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget to get food from farms to our tables. Farming takes up 50 percent of U.S. land and 80 percent of all freshwater consumed in the U.S. Yet, uneaten food is the largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste in landfills. Reducing food losses by 15 percent would feed over 25 million...

3 years 3 months ago

Older refrigerators are not environmentally friendly. They may contain ozone-depleting refrigerants and foam blowing agents. There are an estimated 200 million household refrigerators and over 20 million of them are secondary ones located in a basement or garage. Those secondary refrigerators are usually older and less energy efficient. 

If all refrigerators 15 years or older in the US were replaced with Energy Star certified refrigerators, the savings would add up to over $800 million in annual energy costs, or the energy savings equivalent to powering 876,000 homes. Replacing those old refrigerators would prevent over 14 billion pounds...

3 years 3 months ago

When it comes to the environment, the Trump presidency is a string of bad news. Recently, President Trump announced that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate agreement. “So, we’re getting out,” he proclaimed.

While Trump decided that climate change is not worth dealing with, the business world has been taking action to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Several businesses responded to the announcement by affirming that the business community believes climate change is real and is taking action. Disney and General Electric are two of those companies. Disney is so serious about climate change that the company which...

3 years 3 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Natural rubber is a part of our everyday lives because tires are part of our lives, whether we drive a car or take public transportation. Tire manufacturing represents 75 percent of the natural rubber market. 

General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, sources over 49 million tires annually. The company recently announced its commitment to source sustainable natural rubber for its tires. By doing so, GM will help drive the automotive industry toward net-zero deforestation and is developing purchasing requirements in hopes the entire industry will join them in transforming the rubber supply chain.

There are barriers that...

3 years 4 months ago

When you are a company that has been embroiled in a scandal that involved cheating on diesel engine emissions tests, you need to set your environmental targets high. And that is precisely what Volkswagen has done.

Volkswagen intends to cut the environmental impact of its production in half by 2025. That includes a 45 percent reduction in carbon emissions, energy and water consumption, waste production and solvent emissions, against a 2010 baseline. The company has already met its 25 percent reduction in those areas by 2018.

”We are on the way to the resource-optimized factory,” declared Production Board Member Thomas Ulbrich. Achieving a...

3 years 4 months ago

Back in 1993, the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), a local utility, realized that the area would need more water sources. The state mandated withdrawal reductions from the Edwards Aquifer, one of the three aquifers San Antonio depends on for its water supply. SAWS began water conservation programs and added recycled water. 

Three years later, SAWS conducted research and feasibility studies on using aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) technology. Water is injected into an aquifer through a well in the ASR system and it now serves as an underground storage reservoir. SAWS opened the Twin Oaks ASR facility in 2004, which is now...