Sustainability

Five Ways Walmart is Upping Its Sustainability Game

By  Robyn Babbitt, Sustainability, Walmart April 23, 2014

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Installed our 250th solar energy system in the U.S., each of which provides 15% to 30% of a store’s electricity needs.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 countries.
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.
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1 Comment

Janet HolcombAPRIL 24, 2014 11:55 AM

These are all great steps. However, I am wondering why Walmart doesn't install ceiling fans in its stores. In the Midwest we suffer high humidity along with high temps. Ceiling fans would go a long way in making the work environment more comfortable for associates and customers while saving on energy consumption to cool the buildings.

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