Thomas Schueneman

Freelance Environmental Writer and Journalist

Telling a Human Story from an Environmental Perspective

Writing on environmental, social, and economic issues for more than ten years.

Publishing in TriplePundit, Slate, CleanTechnica.

Founder of TDS Environmental Media and the PlanetWatch Group

Corporate communications for the PepsiCo Foundation and Weber-Shandwick.

International reporting at World Water Week, Stockholm; COP15, Copenhagen; COP21, Paris; German Foreign Ministry, Berlin.

Member of the Society of Environmental Journalists

Portfolio

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...
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...
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...
Solar Goes Mainstream in the Midwest
Indiana is going solar. That may seem an odd thing to declare say about a state that gets 85 percent of its electricity generation from coal. Indeed, coal may be king, but the...
DuPont Urges Industry to Adopt More Rigorous PV Solar Testing
Solar power is no longer a boutique industry. At least 900 million solar panels are deployed across the globe. Eighty-one percent of those came online within the last five...
Remember Teddy Roosevelt - An Environmental Republican
An environmentalist and a Republican walk into a bar... The punch line is that the Republican and environmentalist are the same guy. Though it needn't be a "punch line" at all....
Global Aviation: Innovation and the Modern Silk Road
Air travel connects people, creates economic opportunity and support sustainable urban development. But it isn't all pie-in-the-sky. Significant challenges remain if we are to...
U.S. Climate Policy: Unraveling the Consequences of a Trump Presidency
Dean Scott, the senior climate change reporter for Bloomberg, moderated a panel discussion this weekend at the 2016 conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists. The...
A Culture of Thought Leadership
What is a thought leader? If you're not careful, you'll find yourself going down a rabbit hole searching for the definitive answer . There is no shortage of opinion on what it...
Delivering Access to Safe Water through Partnerships
The Human Right to Clean Water
Enel Energy and the SDG Compass
Adopted last September, the Sustainable Development Goals reflect the best aspirations for a world in transition. Building on the Millennium Development Goals of 2000, the SDGs...
My Inconvenient Truth : The Ten Year Anniversary of Gore's Movie
In May of 2006, Al Gore's now-classic climate change documentary " An Inconvenient Truth"was released. The moviewon an Oscar in the Featured Documentary category, and Gore was...
Satellites in the High Country: Wild in the Anthropocene
What's so great about wilderness anyway? Does it even exist anymore? What does being "wild" even mean? Is nature just about ecosystem services, or is there an intrinsic value to...
World Wildlife Day: Building the Ark for the Future of Our Wild Heritage
The future of wildlife is in our hands - The UN named March 3 as World Wildlife Day at its 68th General Assembly on December 20, 2013. The designation aimed to coincide with...

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