Thomas Schueneman

Freelance Writer and Environmental Journalist

Telling a Human Story from an Environmental Perspective

Writing on environmental, social, and economic issues.

Corporate communications and international reporting.

Publishing in TriplePundit, Medium, 3BL Media, Slate.

Founder of TDS Environmental Media and the PlanetWatch Group.

Member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Pacific Media Workers Guild



Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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'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...


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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Global Warming is Real

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...