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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6 days 11 hours ago

Water is necessary for life and it is necessary for business. The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2015 list ranked water crises, including drought, as the number one risk facing humanity. 

Thirteen of the world’s 37 largest aquifers are depleted so much that regional water availability is threatened. Almost two-thirds of China’s groundwater and a third of the country’s surface water was rated as unfit for humans last year. The entire state of California serves as another example. The state that has the world’s eighth largest economy is in its fourth year of severe drought. Sao Paulo, Brazil serves as still another example. The city’...

3 weeks 6 days ago

The global population is expected to be over nine billion by mid-century. Feeding that many people without “exceeding ecological and social limits” presents the food and beverage industry with “unique challenges,” proclaims a recently released report on the food and beverage industry by the sustainability consulting firm, Pure Strategies. 

There is something that can help companies meet the challenges of an expanding global population, and that something is product sustainability advances. More and more companies understand the need for product sustainability. The report is based on a 2015 survey which found that many food and...

3 weeks 6 days ago

(3BL/JustMeans) There is cruelty built into the American egg production system. Most egg-laying hens in the U.S. are confined in small cages measuring about 67 inches. Called battery cages, they are smaller than a single sheet of letter-sized paper. The hens live their entire lives in the small cages, unable to spread their wings or practice other natural chicken behavior. The cages make the chickens almost immobilized, and often their feet get stuck in the metal floor or their heads between the bars, which leaves them maimed or dead.

The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) has long worked to eliminate battery cages. Their push to rid...

2 months 1 week 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...

3 months 4 days 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. ...

4 months 1 day 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...

4 months 2 days 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...

5 months 5 days 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 “...

5 months 1 week 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...

5 months 3 weeks 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...