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 weeks 1 day ago
Ikea has announced its new palm oil policy. The global home furnishing company committed to sourcing palm oil that is grown and processed sustainably. The goal is to source 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil from segregated sources. Ikea will work with its suppliers and stakeholders to ensure the chain of custody for the palm oil used in its products and that standards are continuously improved. 
By December 2015, all palm oil used in home furnishing or food products will come from either certified segregated sources or be replaced by a more sustainable material.  Ikea requires its palm oil suppliers to...

3 weeks 3 days ago
Fast foods may not be the best for health, but some are really good for the environment. A report by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) features Yum! Brands which owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. The company has over 40,000 restaurants. Green buildings are an important part of the company’s environmental policy. It has 20 LEED certified buildings all over the world. Yum! Brands' goal is for all of its new company-owned restaurants to be LEED certifiable buildings by 2015.
The report interviewed Jonathan Balas, Senior Manager of Global Sustainability on Yum! Brands’ LEED strategy. “Green buildings are a core component...

1 month 2 days ago
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Who says casinos can’t be built sustainably? Two of Caesars Entertainment’s latest developments have achieved U.S. Green Building Council’s  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore achieved LEED Gold certification. The LINQ Las Vegas achieved LEED Silver certification. 
Caesars has set a goal that all new construction will be built to achieve LEED certification. The company is also committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent per square foot by 2025. Last year, Caesars surpassed its short term goal of a 10 percent reduction...

1 month 3 days ago
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Sitting atop the roof of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is a 6.4 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) array. NRG Energy, Inc. built and installed the recently completed solar array for MGM Resorts International, the company that owns Mandalay Bay Resort. The solar panels cover about 20 acres and will produce the equivalent of enough electricity to power 1,000 U.S. homes a year. It is the first solar PV system of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip. 
The solar array consists of over 21,000 PV panels, and is projected to keep 6,300 metric tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent of...

1 month 3 weeks ago
Energy efficiency is embedded into LG Electronics, Inc. The company offers many Energy Star models in a variety of product categories ranging from washing machines to television sets. In 2012, over 1,000 of LG’s products earned the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Service mark, representing a 140 percent increase from 2011. The distinction of Energy Star Most Efficient, awarded to the top five percent most efficient products every year, was awarded to 79 of LG’s products, a six fold increase from the previous year. 
LG increased the amount of its Most Efficient Energy Star models by 55 percent in 2013 from 2012. It...

1 month 3 weeks ago
Heineken’s sustainability strategy is called "Brewing a Better Future," and local sourcing is an important part of it. To that end, Heineken has committed to buying locally sourced sorghum in Haiti. In 2012, Heineken consolidated its majority ownership of Brasserie Nationale d’Haiti S.A. (BRANA). Heineken invested about $20 million to constructing a fifth production line that launched in December 2013 which allowed BRANA to double bottled beer output. Another $20 million will go towards expansion of the brew house that BRANA will inaugurate in December. 
In 2012, BRANA launched the Smallholders Alliance for Sorghum...

1 month 4 weeks ago
Kellogg Company has joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition. BICEP is a project of Ceres that was launched in 2008 with a core group of five companies including Starbucks and Nike. Today, 32 well-known companies are a part of BICEP. The members of BICEP are advocates for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 
Kellogg has also signed on to President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative. The company committed to sharing data and maps that show how climate change affects major crops. In March, Obama launched a plan to reduce carbon pollution, called the Climate Action Plan, and the data...

2 months 1 week ago
Many lawns throughout California are looking rather brown and patchy. The reason is simple. California is experiencing its worst drought in 100 years. Most of the state is categorized as being in a severe drought. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency back in January and asked all Californians to conserve water by 20 percent. The state’s latest bi-weekly drought brief shows the drought’s impact across the golden state. Reservoir levels are very low. 
California cities and towns have imposed outdoor watering restrictions. Fresno, the San Joaquin Valley’s largest city, the large inland part of the...

2 months 2 weeks ago
Can a company with 3,300 clothing stores around the world create sustainable fashion? Swedish company H&M is showing that it is possible. The clothing retailer recently launched a new collection, Conscious Denim, for women, men and children. At least 50 percent of each garment is made from sustainable materials including organic cotton, organic linen and recycled wool. During the production of the collection, H&M reduced water use by 56 percent and energy use by 58 percent. In the darkest denim in the collection, no water or energy was used in the process. The denim washes for the Conscious Denim collection are graded on their environmental impact. H...

2 months 3 weeks ago
The five biggest palm oil growers in the world agreed to not develop palm oil in high carbon stock areas while the High Carbon Stock Study is being conducted. The five growers are Asian Agri, IOI Corporation Berhad, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, Musim Mas Group and Sime Darby Plantation. They are funding the study with agribusiness groups Cargill and Wilmar International, and the consumer goods company Unilever. The 12-month long HCS Study will give information on greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental issues. The study will look at four key areas: above ground biomass, soil carbon, remote sensing and socio-economics. A steering...