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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1 week 2 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 weeks 1 day 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 3 weeks ago
FedEx Corp takes climate change seriously, judging by its goal to reduce aircraft carbon emissions intensity by 30 percent. Since 2005, the company has reduced aircraft carbon emissions intensity by 22.3 percent. In 2013 alone, FedEx reduced aircraft carbon emissions intensity by 4.2 percent while the total number of flights increased. It is the first company in the U.S. transportation logistics industry to set a goal to reduce carbon emissions intensity in global aviation. 
Since FedEx is a shipping company, focusing on improving fuel efficiency makes sense, as the sixth annual Global Citizenship Report shows. FedEx...

2 months 1 week ago
(3BL/JustMeans) It takes much energy and water to maintain hotels, and guests who stay at them generate much waste. A hotel chain that wants to be more sustainable must make reductions in all three areas. Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which has 1,200 hotels worldwide, has managed to achieve reductions in energy and water use and waste. Starwood has reduced its global energy consumption by by over 11.5 percent since 2008, enough energy to power over 22,000 home for one year. Water use intensity has decreased by 14.8 percent since 2008, enough water to fill 49 million bathtubs and almost 75 percent of the way toward its goal.

2 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) When you think of Caesars Entertainment, you may not think immediately about sustainability. The company is famous for its casinos and hotels. However, Caesars is doing some good for the environment, as the Business Roundtable’s 2014 Sustainability report notes. Caesar’s Code Green Program is the company’s initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency and water use. As part of the Code Green Program, Caesar’s has invested $3.5 million across 37 projects  (lighting, HVAC and water) which deliver almost 24 million kilowatt hours of energy savings a year and an estimated at $2.5 million in savings....

2 months 3 weeks ago
(3BL/JustMeans) - Heineken has reduced its carbon emissions by 26 percent since 2008, putting it very close to meeting its 2015 target of a 27 percent reduction. It is on track to meet its 2020 target of a 40 percent reduction. In 2013, the company famous for its beer, reduced carbon emissions by 119 kton, equivalent to 2,400 trips around the world with a 30-ton Heineken beer truck. There are two main ways the company has reduced its emissions: through energy efficiency measures and increasing the use of renewable energy.
Heineken’s percentage of renewable energy increased from 9.3 percent in 2012 to 18 percent in...

2 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL/JustMeans) - H&M launched several major sustainability initiatives last year, including its first closed loop collection made with 20 percent recycled materials from collected garments. Almost all of its stores worldwide participate in its garment collection initiative, first launched in 2012. Last year, the company collected 3,047 tons of unwanted garments. H&M also launched its roadmap for fair living wages. Based on the Fair Wage Network’s methodology, the goal for the roadmap is for all of its strategic suppliers to have improved pay structures to put fair living wages in place by 2018 which will affect around 850,000...

3 months 2 weeks 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...