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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4 days 2 hours 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...

5 days 6 hours 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...

3 weeks 2 days 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...

3 weeks 4 days 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 1 day 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...

1 month 2 weeks 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

2 months 3 days ago
While California suffers from one of its worst droughts on record, a major telecommunications company is doing what it can to conserve water in the golden state. Comcast recently announced it has introduced water reduction efforts in California with the goal of reducing water use by 25 percent or 10 million gallons a year. 
Comcast has many offices throughout California and the third largest fleet in the U.S. The water reduction initiatives include not washing its fleet of 2,850 trucks and vans. Comcast is drastically cutting back on watering landscaping on its 250 properties throughout the state, and will design new...

2 months 1 week 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...