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 3 days ago

Climate change is motivating businesses to embrace sustainability, as a recent webinar by the Climate Reality Project titled "The Business of Climate Solutions" revealed. The reason why it is a big motivator is simple. Businesses think climate change will adversely affect their operations. 

Brian MacGannon, Policy Director, American Sustainable Business Council, used extreme weather events as an example. Twenty-five percent of small businesses never open after a weather event. “If you don’t have the option to move your operations to another facility, you are wiped out,” he said. 
Businesses are building sustainability into their...

1 month 1 week ago

When talking to Jamila Smith, the young entrepreneur who created the eco-friendly streetwear line, Be Th3 Change, an old saying comes to mind. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Smith has struggled to make a go of her line, with even two failed Kickstarter campaigns under her belt. But that hasn't stop her. 

Be Th3 Change is not the only proverbial iron Smith has in the fire. At one point she worked three jobs. In November, she quit one of them, and the beginning of the year,  quit another. She had been working three jobs in order to set aside money and put it into her business account. On top of all of that, she is a single mother. ...

2 months 1 week ago

California is in the midst of its fourth straight year of drought, the worst one on record. The majority of the state is in exceptional drought, the worst category. Reservoirs are dangerously low and the dry conditions are causing wildfires across the state. 

Despite the depressing conditions of the drought, there is some good news. In June, Californians reduced water use by 27.3 percent, exceeding Governor Jerry’s Brown’s 25 percent mandate. Californians managed to reduce water use despite June being a month with record breaking heat throughout much of the state. It was the hottest June on record. 

California’s urban water...

2 months 1 week ago

Methane is a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 23 times greater than carbon dioxide. Methane emissions in the U.S., which contribute to climate change, increased three percent in 2013 over 2012, according to data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA.

The oil and gas industry is responsible for many methane emissions through leaks. Methane leaks are polluting and expensive, costing the oil and gas industry almost $2 billion a year. Capturing and reusing methane gas saves money and provides a significant revenue stream. In January, the White House released a plan to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas...

3 months 1 week ago

Kimberly-Clark launched GreenHarvest products this spring, blending plant-based rapidly renewable fiber like bamboo and wheat straw into them. The products include instantly recognizable brands such as Kleenex and Scott Brand paper towel and tissue products. 

It seems only natural that KC, which sells its products in over 175 countries, would launch GreenHarvest. The company has been recognized among the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine, and one of the “...

3 months 2 weeks ago

For many people who strive to live healthier lives, the message is clear: make sure you get enough Omega fatty acids in your diet. Many people like the convenience of supplements to get Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. However, most Omega fatty acid supplements come from fish oil that is extracted from harvesting fish, which is wreaking havoc on certain fish populations.

It used to be that fish oil was a byproduct. The head, a tail and fish guts would be ground and pressed to release oil. The popularity of fish oil has caused species of Omega-rich fish to be harvested for the oil itself. One company wants people to adopt a plant-based...

4 months 17 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - California is in the fourth year of the worst drought in the state’s recorded history. A good part of the state is in “exceptional drought,” the worst category. Water conservation is a much talked about topic of conservation among Californians, and is even mandated by the state. Most folks want to conserve water, but not everyone knows exactly how they can do it, beyond ripping their lawns out and replacing them with drought tolerant plants. 

The conventional approach to water reduction is to shame big water users and give them a fine. That approach does not help put a value on water. McGee Young, CEO of the startup...

4 months 6 days ago

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) recently made a big announcement about its use of water: it is the most efficient user of water among all global brewers. The brewer achieved a water use ratio of 3.2  hectoliters per hectoliter of production, a measure described by AB InBev as “industry-leading.” That ratio is the lowest among the largest global brewers, resulting in the savings equivalent of the amount of water it takes to make over four billion cans of beers. It represented a 4.5 percent water reduction over the previous year.

AB InBev achieved its water use ratio by calculating its efficiency...

4 months 1 week ago

An engaged couple is experiencing one of the happiest times of their lives. A big part of any proposal is the engagement ring, something Krish Himmatramka, founder of the startup Do Amore, really understands. In 2012, he decided he wanted to make engagement rings more special, and for him that meant helping people. 

A year later, Krish launched a full-scale website for Do Amore, which means “I give with love” in Latin, selling ethically sourced engagement rings. He started the company before he proposed to his then- girlfriend, now his wife. He looked around and thought, “There...

4 months 1 week ago

Sometimes companies are founded because someone sees an unfulfilled need. Ban Kander, Founder and CEO of WELLY, LLC saw a need for a self-filtering reusable water bottle that is made entirely free of plastic. 

Although he started the journey to create the WELLY Bottle two and a half years ago, it really began after his mom passed away. During his senior year of college, she was diagnosed with liver cancer. He missed his college graduation to be there when she passed away. He moved to New York City to start what he described to me as a “9-to-5 job.” 

Reading the book Start Something That Matters by...