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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5 years 10 months ago

(‬3BL Media/Justmeans‭) — ‬Cutting down on waste requires companies to be innovative.‭ ‬That‭’‬s something vodka brand‭ ‬42BELOW knows all about.‭ ‬A company owned by Bacardi Limited,‭ ‬42BELOW‭ ‬has‭ ‬launched a line of soap made from recycled cocktail lemons,‭ ‬the first of its kind.‭ ‬It signed up bars across Australia and New Zealand to collect the used lemons and fruit used in‭ ‬their‭ ‬cocktails and send them to the company’s lab‭ ‬that turns them into liquid lemon soap.‭ ‬The soap is then sent back to the bars.‭ 

Launched in early December‭ ‬2016,‭ ‬42BELOW has collected‭ ‬400‭ ‬kilograms of fruit‭ ‬waste,‭ ‬which it turned...

6 years 1 week ago

Reducing water use has become popular among companies. Most sustainability reports include at least a small section about water reduction. One company made reducing its water use important when it was not on the radar of other companies.

That company is the iconic American auto manufacturer, Ford Motor Company. As Andy Hobbs, Director Environmental Quality Office for Ford, told Justmeans, “Back in 2000, we as a company decided that water was something that needed to be taken very seriously. Back then, water was relatively inexpensive, and a lot of folks kind of looked at us and said, 'Why are we focusing on reducing water?' So, we went through the hoops...

6 years 1 week ago

President-elect Donald Trump has voiced his denial of climate change on several occasions. And his choice of Myron Ebell, a known climate change denier, to lead the transition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demonstrates that Trump’s position may not change. However, a few weeks ago, a side event occurred at the climate talks in Marrakesh, Morocco that demonstrated just how much the business world not only believes in the occurrence of climate change, but believes in taking climate action.

Leaders of four companies talked about the benefits of investing in clean energy and efficiency, in an event sponsored by the Center for...

6 years 3 weeks ago

California is in its sixth year of drought, and a swath of the state is in the worst category, "exceptional." One of its reservoirs, Lake Cachuma has nearly disappeared, with only seven percent capacity. 

Enter a new coalition of 20 organizations which will support projects to protect the state’s future through collaboration. The groups have formed the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC) and include environmental organizations, food and beverage companies, non-profits, farmers and local water districts. 
First conceived in 2014 after a Water Action Hub meeting hosted by the CEO Water Mandate in Los Angeles, the CWAC has three priorities...

6 years 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - For those who care about the environment and social justice, the election of Donald Trump is a shock. Some of have wallowed in despair, while others entertained thoughts of leaving the country. By now, most should be thinking about what can be done to fight for what we believe in. 

The business community has a unique and important role to play in making the country more environmentally responsible and more inclusive. Sustainability has become an important part of what it means to operate a business responsibly. The Bruntland Report for the World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainability as...

6 years 1 month ago

L’Oréal USA is investing big time in renewable energy. Recently, the company that sells cosmetics and personal care products announced that it will build two solar power projects at its manufacturing facilities in North Little Rock, Arkansas and Florence, Kentucky. The projects will help accelerate the company’s goals to reduce its carbon emissions by 60 percent from a 2005 baseline by 2020. The company has already achieved a 56 percent reduction in carbon emissions from plants and distribution centers since 2005.

The project in Kentucky is the largest commercial solar array in the state at 1.5 megawatts (MW) and the project in...

6 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - While city folks have public sewers to treat waste, country folks have septic tanks. Anyone who lives in the country knows all about the trials and tribulations of having a septic system, those small tanks underground that treat sewage.

About one-fifth of American households have septic systems. And in some rural communities, schools, businesses, and churches also use septic systems. The Central California farming community of Easton, where I come from, is one of them. Failing septic systems are causing health and environmental problems across the country, as a five-part report by Circle of Blue reveals. 


6 years 1 month ago

Sodexo, a French food services company, is reducing its waste and carbon emissions at the food service sites where it operates. With over 32,000 client sites globally, under management, these commitments can have a big impact. 

Sodexo estimates that by 2025 it will have reduced carbon emissions by 34 percent at its food service sites and its facilities. The company plans on achieving those emissions through what it deems are simple changes such as energy efficiency measures like switching to energy efficient HVAC systems at worksites. 

Sodexo has 9,000 sites just in North America. Over 7,300 Sodexo locations in North America...

6 years 1 month ago

There is a need for labels that tell consumers packaging can be recycled. Twenty-eight percent of Americans say they will only recycle items that they know are recyclable. Only one in five will do extra research to determine if an item can be recycled if it is not clearly labeled. One company is leading the way when it comes to communicating to consumers about packaging. That company is Whirlpool and it has a new partnership with recycling labeling system How2Recycle. 

The label, printed clearly on packaging, explains about the material the packaging is made out of and gives detailed recycling instructions such as “remove label before...

6 years 1 month ago

Hurricane Matthew just caused major flooding in parts of the Southeast. It's the country’s thirteenth billion-dollar weather disaster this year. A new Ceres report ranks the responses of the country’s largest insurance companies to climate change risks. What it finds is that while the disclosure and management of climate risks is improving by more U.S. insurers, most are giving minimal attention to it in terms of risks and opportunities.

The report, titled Insurer "Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report and Scorecard: 2016 Findings & Recommendations," ranks property and casualty, life and annuity, and health insurers representing more than two-...