Thomas Schueneman

Freelance Environmental Writer and Journalist

Writing on environmental, social, and economic issues.

Corporate communications and international reporting.

Publishing in TriplePundit, Slate, CleanTechnica.

Founder of TDS Environmental Media and the PlanetWatch Group. Telling a Human Story from an Environmental Perspective

Member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Portfolio

LifeStraw Reaches 1 Millions School Children in Kenya With Safe Water
LifeStraw "Follow the Liters" program is one example of the "humanitarian entrepreneurship" business model driving the mission of Global Health company Vestergaard. More than 1...
Deconstructing Your Carbon Footprint: Save Your Sanity, Be the Change (Even If It's Just a Little...
I saw that look. You read the title of this article and rolled your eyes. Maybe you didn't mean to, it's just a physical manifestation of cognitive overload. We're all tired of...
Agriculture in the Anthropocene: the Challenge is the Solution
With a population estimated to hit 9.7 billion by 2050, the world's farmers have their work cut out for them. Not only must feed a growing population, but also cope with a...
Eliminating Food Waste: Dupont's Tyvek a Critical Link in the Chain
I had a bowl of strawberries for breakfast this morning, which sounds unremarkable, even in the middle of February. Thanks to growers in Florida, Mexico, and South America, I...
Paper Doesn't (Just) Grow on Trees: Rolland Innovates Smarter Paper
It is arguably counter-productive to think our modern business world will ever be entirely "paperless." Focusing instead on production, consumption, and the supply chain...
Agricultural Evolution: Carbon Neutral, Climate Smart
A new climate for agriculture In the first part of this series on Climate Smart Agriculture, TriplePundit spoke with Dr. Jeff Seale, Agricultural Environmental Strategy Lead &...
Science-based Climate Targets: Helping Business Leaders Fill the Void
History is spiked with aspirational moments that influence a turn, a new narrative, a change of course. It's easy to look back and marvel at past historical moments. The signing...
On Healing a Nation - Again - Tom Schueneman - Medium
Con Thien In 1967, John Musgrave was an 18-year-old Marine serving in Con Thien, an outpost just south of the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam. "Con Thien"...
Climate Refugees and the Delusion of Isolation
One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic Be it from social unrest, economic upheaval, or environmental collapse, forced human migration is at unprecedented...
Wilderness in the Age of Man: Managing the Anthropocene
Jason Mark's 2015 Satellites in the High Country asks an essential question: What is wilderness? Is there any wilderness left on earth? If so, where is it? If it is true that a...
Rolland Green Champions Counter Sustainable Business Naysayers
From the doleful musing of a gloomy donkey in a children's story to a cultural meme, "it'll never work" is quintessential shorthand for unyielding pessimism. Everything is all...
The President is Not the Presidency - Tom Schueneman - Medium
I have to hand it to President Donald Trump. He forces a stand. So here it is: The president is not the presidency. For Americans, indeed for all the world, the presidency is a...
Supply Chain Transparency: Making the Consumer Connection for Forest Responsibility
Humans have always had an intimate, complicated relationship with forests. We clear away trees to make room for development and agriculture, harvest them for paper, pulp, and...
The Sad Irony of Trump's Presidential Response to Hurricane Harvey
On Tuesday, August 29, as Hurricane Harvey lingered over Houston dumping an " unprecedented " four feet of rain, plus a few inches, the presidential entourage landed in Corpus...
Earth Overshoot Day: Living Large in a Crowded World
Today is Earth Overshoot Day. As of today, the year is done for planet Earth, she has given all the natural capital she can for this year. It may seem counter-intuitive at...
Monterey Bay Fisheries: Reflections from a Harbormaster
From Doc Ricketts to Mack to Dora Flood, Monterey is the stuff of legend, the iconic fishing town hugging the Pacific Coast of central California. Brought to life by the...
Design for a Better World: Autodesk Doubles Down on Its Commitment
In 1982, Time magazine named the personal computer its "Machine of the Year." Subtitled "the computer moves in," Time's designation foreshadowed what its writers could barely...
Tactics of Diversion: Measuring and Reporting Zero Waste Targets
Waste implies squandered resources, be they time, money or materials. Managing money and time are core competencies of any successful business. But somehow, trash and garbage...
Measuring the Circular Economy : Putting Principles into Practice
Observers from pre-industrial times could only imagine the world-changing possibilities lying dormant in the pent-up energy of ancient rocks, or the remains of long-dead flora...
Mutually Secured Destruction and the Circular Economy
The corporate waste stream can be complicated. Recalled products, expired pharmaceuticals and electronics containing personal data are just some of the waste items that can give...
In Search of Tomorrow - Tom Schueneman - Medium
Be Present and Imagine the Future You Want Yesterday morning I spoke with Cyril Dion, a French filmmaker, writer, and activist. Dion co-produced the documentary with actress,...
Pollinator Restoration : Häagen-Dazs Makes the Connection
In late February, California's almond orchards awaken from their winter dormancy, transforming more than a million acres of fertile valley soil into a low canopy of pink and...
Trumps Signs Executive Order Gutting Clean Power Plan
This morning, under the cover of "energy independence," U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for a rewrite of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. The Plan is...
'Climate Saving' Companies Build a Framework for Progress
WWF launched the Climate Savers Program in 1999 as a platform for corporate leadership in climate action. Partnering with leading companies within their sectors, Climate Savers...
Packaging the Circular Economy: A Holistic Approach to Stuff
Does the circular economy start where it ends or end where it starts? It's the classic chicken-or-egg conundrum. From the perspective of the consumer-driven linear model to...
The EPA Under Scott Pruitt - The Fox Guarding the Henhouse
Today, two days before Donald Trump ascends to the presidency, Scott Pruitt will face his Senate confirmation hearing to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt is...
GRI Global Standards Push Momentum for Sustainable Development
On Wednesday, the GRI announced the launch of the world's first Global Reporting Standards for sustainability reporting. These new standards give businesses large and small a...
NASA and the Evolution Climate Change Research
"Distance lends enchantment to the view." - Mark Twain Back when America was young and farmers outnumbered city folk, planning next year's crop typically included a quick look...
The New Plastics Economy: Thriving in a Plastic World
Plastic is the "key enabler for sectors as diverse as packaging, construction, transportation, healthcare and electronics," says the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. But the...
COP22 Outcome: The Spirit of Paris, the Elephant in the Room
Just as the COP22 climate talks opened in Marrakesh, Morocco, fresh on the heels of a historic year of progress and growing momentum, the surprising result of the interminable...

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