Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie is a freelance writer and journalist armed with a degree in journalism, and a passion for social justice, including the environment and sustainability. She writes for various websites, and has made the 75+ Environmentalists to Follow list by Mashable.com.

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General Mills Releases First Public Policy Statement On Human Rights

General Mills announced its human rights policy earlier this month. Although the policy does not contain anything new, it is the first time the company has released a public statement on the topic. We spoke with Catherine Gunsbury, director of sustainability and transparency for General Mills, to learn more.

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Ford Mexican Manufacturing Plants Are Landfill-Free

Ford Motor Co. achieved zero waste-to-landfill status at its Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant in Mexico, its 16th annual Sustainability report highlights. That achievement makes all of its Mexican manufacturing plants landfill-free.

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How Strong Are Commitments to Source Sustainable Palm Oil?

Many of the largest players in the palm oil industry have made commitments to make their supply chains more sustainable. But what do all the commitments really mean? Luckily, the Rainforest Action Network can help us sort through it all with its latest progress report.

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Spent Chevrolet Volt Batteries to Help Power a GM Data Center

Even when a Chevrolet Volt battery can’t power the car any longer, it still has some juice left. That juice can be used to create electricity. Specifically, the juice from five Volt extended-range electric car batteries is being used to help power a new General Motors data center.

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Adobe Helps Customers Ditch Paper Waste

How does a business help customers be more sustainable? One business that’s answering this question is Adobe, which helps its customers ditch paperwork.

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General Mills Invests $50,000 in Prairie Organic Grain Initiative

General Mills announced earlier this month that it is investing $50,000 in the Canada-based Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, a multi-year program with the goal of building resiliency and stability in the organic field-crop sector. Jeff Harmening, executive vice president and CEO of General Mills, told investors that the company’s goal is to “build a $1 billion natural and organic business by 2020.”

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Federal Guidelines Just Might Tell Americans to Put Down That Cheeseburger

The federal government just may recommend that Americans eat less meat when new guidelines are released in the fall. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has outlined recommendations that include reducing red meat and processed meat consumption and eating more fruits and vegetables.

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EPA Helps Companies Make the Business Case for Green Power

The EPA’s Green Power Partnership includes more than 1,300 partner organizations using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power each year. Beyond reducing carbon impact, joining the partnership makes financial sense. We talked to the EPA and Tamara “TJ” DiCaprio, director of environmental sustainability at Microsoft, a partner company that uses more than 2.4 billion kWh of green power a year, to find out more.

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French Insurer Axa Divesting From Dirty Coal

The divestment movement just gained a big victory. The French insurer, Axa, one of the largest insurance companies on the planet, announced that it will sell $559 million of its coal investments.

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Walmart Adopts Groundbreaking Animal Welfare Policy

Walmart, the largest food retailer in the U.S., recently announced a new animal welfare policy. It’s a policy animal rights groups are calling groundbreaking as it engages the company’s entire supply chain and covers a wide range of issues from antibiotic use to housing systems.

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Starbucks Bottled Water Highlights Sourcing Problems

A few weeks ago, Mother Jones published an investigation into Starbucks’ bottled water brand, Ethos Water, revealing that it is bottled in Merced, California, ranked as being in “exceptional drought.” This week, the company announced it would move bottling operations from California to Pennsylvania, but the new location also poses problems.