Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie Cheeseman
Gina-Marie Cheeseman is a Central California based journalist who writes about sustainability, environmental issues, and healthy living. Armed with a degree in journalism and a passion for social responsibility, she writes for a number of online publications. She firmly believes that collaboration between the public and private sectors can help solve many problems facing the planet and its people. She has been named one of the 75 Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter by Mashable.com.
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1 week 5 days ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), passed in 1976 and never updated, regulates the chemicals used in consumer products. And there are many chemicals, over 80,000 of them, in consumer products. There are many new chemicals not on the inventory of chemicals mandated by the TSCA. New chemicals exempt from the listing process include inorganics, pesticides, food additives, and any chemical produced in small quantities. The EPA and FDA don’t know exactly how many chemicals are used in consumer products, according to the Environmental Working Group.
 
Some business leaders think there needs to be...

3 weeks 5 days ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - Certain minerals are in the electronic devices we use everyday: cell phones, laptops, tablets, and iPods. Those minerals, which include tantalum, are often called “conflict minerals” because many of them come from regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo prone to armed conflict. One of those regions is the Province of North Kivu, an area that has been the epicenter of the military conflicts in the DRC since the early 1990s. Over two dozen paramilitary groups emerged from North Kivu over the past two decades. The conflicts going in the DRC are considered to be the deadliest since World War II. 
 
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1 month 5 days ago
In the midst of a drought, every bit of water conservation helps. Moshe Alamaro, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher, just might hold the key to reducing evaporation of reservoir water. Alamaro formed a startup company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, called More Aqua, Inc. to develop a monolayer film made from material extracted from vegetable oil, which would be put over a reservoir’s surface. The monolayer film can reduce evaporation up to 75 percent. 
 
In dry climates, reservoir water evaporation losses can be equal to or even greater than 50 percent of the surface water supply. MAI wants to...

1 month 1 week ago
(3BL/JustMeans) “National parks are the best idea we ever had,” said Wallace Stegner, the writer and environmentalist, in 1983. The National Park Service, created in 1916, manages 401 sites on 84 million acres across the U.S. More than just beautiful places, national parks also bring economic benefits. According to a report by the NPS, in 2012 they brought $1.5 billion worth of economic benefits. In 2012, NPS sites had over 282 million recreation visits, an increase of 3.9 million over 2011, who spent $14.7 in local gateway communities (within 60 miles of a park). The money the visitors spent contributed 243,000 jobs and $9.3 billion in labor...

1 month 3 weeks ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - Hotels account for 15 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the U.S., according to the EPA. Restrooms, laundry operations, landscaping and kitchens comprise the largest uses of water in hotels. Multiply all of the faucets and shower heads in every hotel room around the world, and a tremendous amount of water is being used.  In order to help hotels reduce their water use, the EPA launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge, part of its WaterSense program. Hotels who sign up for the Challenge will take a pledge to ACT, an acronym stands for assessing water use and savings opportunities, changing products...

1 month 3 weeks ago
The Swedish clothing retailer H&M began a partnership last year with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to improve the company’s water stewardship. The partnership, part of WWF’s Water Stewardship initiative, will last three years. The company, which has 3,100 stores and 104,000 employees worldwide, had already worked with WWF for several years before launching the official partnership. Part of the partnership will include internal and external actions. Internal actions include raising water awareness among H&M’s staff, suppliers and consumers, and measuring impacts so that H&M better understands water risk and performance across its supply chain...

1 month 4 weeks ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - California is experiencing a third consecutive year of drought. In January, California Governor Jerry Brown issued a State of Emergency proclamation, which directed state officials to do what is necessary to prepare for drought conditions. In the proclamation, Governor Brown called on all Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent. One company is taking Governor Brown seriously: AT&T California President Ken McNeely has asked for the company’s 34,000 California employees to reduce their company water usage by 30 percent. 
 
McNeely asked employees to take some specific steps to reduce water usage...

2 months 4 days ago
(3BL Media/JustMeans) Water is a precious commodity in California which is experiencing its third straight year of drought. The drought is the worst one the state has faced since the state started keeping records around 100 years ago. The drought is such a problem that on January 17, Governor Jerry Brown announced a State of Emergency. Governor Brown called for all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. The University of California system, a public system of universities and medical centers, is leading the way when it comes to reducing water use. The UC Office of the President (UCOP) announced last month its goal to reduce water use per capita...

2 months 4 days ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - Chain pharmacies are increasingly retooling themselves as health and wellness centers. There are several reasons why, including the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of access to health care coverage. Some chain pharmacies are now running retail health clinics. Over 1,600 such clinics are operated by CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Rite Aid and other chain stores. Some have questioned how pharmacies that offer health services can sell cigarettes which are linked to a slew of health problems, including lung cancer. CVS understands the paradox of selling cigarettes. The company announced recently that it will stop selling cigarettes...

2 months 2 weeks ago
(3BL/JustMeans) Sprint will use hydrogen fuel cell technology as backup power to rooftop network sites. Rooftop cell sites are almost 25 percent of Sprint’s network locations for which fuel cell technology deployment was not considered an option—up to 30 percent of the company’s total network cell sites are on rooftops in some major metropolitan areas. The full cost of investment in the project and the amount of financial aid has not yet been determined, but is expected to be in the next two months. Financial help from the Department of Energy is supporting the company’s effort. Sprint hopes to start installing fuel cell technology by the end...

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