With Earth Day now behind us and just about a week left of Earth
Month, it’s time to take another look at the steps we are taking to be a more
sustainable company. Here are the top five:
Opened our first 100% LED supercenter in South
Euclid, Ohio, which consumes 35% less than a conventional store. This
store goes beyond sales floor LED to include all lighting throughout the
building and parking lot.
Improved efficiencies in our stores in Walmart Mexico, which
reduced water consumption by more than 30% compared to 2008, as well as
recycled 27% of the water consumed in stores.
Installed our 250th solar energy system in
the U.S., each of which provides 15% to 30% of a store’s electricity
Celebrated the one year anniversary of our 1 megawatt wind turbine that
provides between 15% and 20% of the total electricity needed to run our
Red Bluff Distribution Center in California.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed to train 1 million farmers
and farm workers, half of which are women, by the end of 2016. In the past year
alone, we have funded projects in Nepal, Bangladesh, and West Africa and
continue to search for high impact opportunities to train farmers in developing
These are just a few of the steps we’ve taken so
far—and we’re looking forward to continuing this work to help the environment
and improve the lives of our customers. You can read more in our 2014 Global
Responsibility Report here.