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. Mashable.com named Cheeseman as one of the “75 Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter.” Twitter: @gmcheeseman - See more at: http://www.justmeans.com/users/gina-marie-cheeseman#sthash.DhJ59PO9.dpuf
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2 days 14 hours ago
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - When someone thinks of a car company’s sustainability initiatives, electric or hybrid vehicles generally come to mind. However, at America’s two major car companies, General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor Company, green building is part of their sustainability programs. GM launched its Green Construction program in 2012. Now, all of GM’s construction sites follow environmental guidelines, which includes using curtains and barriers to reduce airborne particles like dust and dirt from being released into the atmosphere. Other guidelines include using rechargeable battery-powered equipment to reduce energy use onsite, and making...

6 days 13 hours ago
The clothing industry has a big impact on the environment. Synthetic materials take a long time to decompose once they end up in landfills. For example, nylon takes 30 to 40 years to decompose. In 2012, an estimated 14.3 million tons of textiles were generated that made up 5.7 percent of the total municipal solid waste. One way for companies to prevent unwanted clothing from ending up in landfills is to create a closed loop system.
 
The recently announced partnership between Overstock.com and Give Back Box is one example of a closed loop system. Overstock.com is partnering with Give Back Box to allow customers an easy...

1 week 2 days ago
All of California is in a drought and a huge swath of the state is in the worst category, exceptional drought. The drought is causing major problems for the state, including wildfires. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded to over 4,000 wildfires across the state since January 1. One of those wildfires is currently raging within Yosemite National Park. Water wells are also going dry in some communities. Easton, the small farming community I grew up in, is experiencing dry wells. As a result, two businesses have had to close their doors.
 
California Senators Dianne Feinstein and...

3 weeks 6 days ago
In case you live in a bubble and don’t know that California is in the third year of one of its worst droughts, driving through many towns in the state this summer might give you a clue something is not normal. Many public properties feature brown lawns, as do many lawns in residential areas. The San Joaquin Valley is one area that is already dry due to its desert climate. Fresno, its biggest city, only received 4.87 inches of rain this year, 42 percent below average. Both Fresno and neighboring Clovis have outdoor water restrictions in place. Fresno residents can water three times a week while Fresno residents can only water two times a week. In...

1 month 2 weeks ago
Tom’s of Maine is working to make its products more sustainable. There are several examples among the company's many products, but two of them stand out. The company is switching to a 100 percent petroleum-free version of propylene glycol for its natural deodorants. Switching to a petroleum-free version will reduce its environmental impact since petroleum is a fossil fuel and fossil fuels cause greenhouse gas emissions. Packaging serves as another example. Tom’s of Maine is exploring the use of potato-based biopackaging for mouthwash bottles and deodorant canisters. It is also decreasing the percentage of virgin materials used in its packaging....

1 month 3 weeks ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - Southwest Airlines has decreased its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2012 to 2013. It attributes the decrease to continued improvements in fuel efficiency. Southwest also achieved a 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency from 2012 to 2013 or almost 60 million gallons of jet fuel, equivalent to about 9,900 roundtrip flights between Chicago Midway and Las Vegas. The International Council on Clean Transportation ranked it fifth for in-service fuel efficiency among 15 U.S. domestic passenger airlines in a report based on consumption data for 2010. Southwest, according to the report, was the most efficient airline...

2 months 5 days ago
When fans attend a game at the San Francisco 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara, California, they will be in one of the most environmentally friendly stadiums in the U.S. Levi’s Stadium is the 49ers new home in Santa Clara after playing for 43 years at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The future host of Super Bowl 50 in 2016 is set to open in August 2014. About 40 percent of the stadium’s lighting fixtures are LEDs. Fans will be able to get information on current energy measurements, water and air monitors on a live dashboard. The 1.85 million square feet stadium seats  68,500 and cost $1.2 billion.
 
Levi’s Stadium will be...

2 months 1 week ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - Some American hotel chains are making great strides to be more environmentally friendly, and their efforts are being recognized. Three U.S. hotel chains made the list of Newsweek's "America’s Greenest Companies 2014": Las Vegas Sands, Wyndham Worldwide and MGM Resorts. Each company has corporate sustainability programs. Las Vegas Sands has its recently launched SandCares program. Wyndham has Wyndham Green, and MGM has Green Advantage. All three companies work to reduce energy and water use, and focus on obtaining green certifications, including LEED, for certain properties. 
 
Las Vegas Sands ranked number 18, the...

3 months 1 week ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - Ikea U.S. recently announced plans to install a solar energy system at its Merriam, Kansas store slated to open this fall. The store is located about eight miles from Kansas City, Missouri. The 92,000-square foot solar array will contain 2,850 photovoltaic (PV) panels and will produce approximately 1,348,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a year for the store. That is equivalent to the power needed for 128 homes, reducing 930 tons of carbon or the emissions of 196 cars. Once completed, it will be the largest rooftop solar array in Kansas. 
 
The solar energy system is Ikea’s 41st solar project in the U.S. The...

3 months 1 week ago
Chocolate is incredibly popular. In the U.S. alone, chocolate sales reached $10.3 billion in 2013. Chocolate comes from cocoa which is grown on trees in countries on the equator. Most of the world’s cocoa supply comes from just two West African countries, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Both countries are the world’s top cocoa-producing countries, supplying over 55 percent of the world’s cocoa. Twelve of the world’s largest chocolate and cocoa companies, including Hershey, Nestle, and Blommer, have now signed a joint agreement with the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Called CocoaAction, the program is coordinated by the World Cocoa...

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