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Wal-Mart, Schneider Electric Test the Grid-to-Building Energy Connection

May 28, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Modern buildings contain a lot of devices -- fans, pumps, lights, motors -- that can slow down or speed up, dim or brighten, or otherwise alter their electricity consumption on the fly. Utilities and grid operators are eager for fast-responding energy assets that can shave power usage.[read more]

What's Bringing President Obama to Wal-Mart?

May 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Obama and Solar

The President recentlyl visited Mountain View, California’s Wal-Mart to announce big news for solar power and energy efficiency. Wal-Mart is already a commercial leader is solar installations, but is committing to double the number of panels on its store roofs in the next six years.[read more]

Wal-Mart and H&M Commit to Greening Their Textile Supply Chain

September 22, 2010 by Frances Beinecke

People say you can tell the latest color trends in fashion by looking at the shade of the rivers in China. Each season’s dyes get dumped into Chinese waterways after they are circulated through poorly operated textile mills, leaving a string of hazardous chemicals in their wake.  There are cleaner, more cost-effective ways to...[read more]

Walmart Donates 1.2 Million to Put Solar Power on School

May 24, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

The Wal-Mart Foundation plans to save schools money and teach children about renewable energy. This morning, the philanthropic arm of the world’s largest retailer announced a donation of $1.2 million to the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project to help install solar power systems on 20 schools in five cities across...[read more]

Wal-Mart to Settle Lawsuits by Going Solar

March 11, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

With an ambitious goal of being 100-percent renewable-powered, Wal-Mart wants to be a green company — but apparently on its own terms. The company has been fighting for more than two years against a pair of lawsuits that demanded that two planned stores get greener. The Center for Biological Diversity and a handful of other groups...[read more]

Wal-Mart to cut 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2015

February 27, 2010 by Joseph Romm

What do you think of the sustainability efforts of the retail giant? Our guest blogger is Sarah Collins, intern with CAP’s Energy Opportunity team at the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Wal-Mart received the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment award for Corporate Energy Efficiency.  To build on this success, Wal-Mart just...[read more]

Social investing (finally) grows up

August 23, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Do you agree or disagree that… …nuclear power may help solve the climate crisis. …we need weapons to prevent humanitarian disasters like the Darfur genocide. …Wal-Mart’s sustainability efforts are making the world better. …A cold beer at a summer ballgame is a wonderful thing. Reasonable people will differ about those assertions (except...[read more]

Dow's answer to Walmart

July 24, 2009 by Doris de Guzman

Well Dow didn't respond directly to Walmart's Sustainability Product Index announcement but this press release seemed to me an answer that they can rise to Walmart's supplier challenge with their Product Safety Assessment review. The company said these product assessments are publicly available, written in non-technical language (about...[read more]

The Wal*Mart Game-Changer: How Green is Your Sustainability?

July 14, 2009 by Scott Edward Anderson

Image via WikipediaI've said it before and I'll say it again, if anyone can make the transition to the new green economy work, it is Wal-Mart. Oh, some argue that they are the evil empire, with their huge building footprint and their aisles upon aisles of cheap, sometimes useless stuff. Others will ask, why don't they treat their...[read more]

Exclusive: Wal-Mart’s sustainability index

July 14, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Wal-Mart will make a big announcement this week: The company, working with consumer-goods manufacturers and a group of universities, will unveil plans to measure the sustainability of every product it sells. In time, sustainability labels could provide us with information about the environmental and social attributes of consumer goods,...[read more]

Wal-Mart’s BIG problem: climate change

June 23, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Much as I’m an admirer of Wal-Mart’s ambitious sustainability goals, and its efforts to achieve them, there’s a glaring problem with the company’s “progress” to date that can be seen in the chart below. When it comes to climate change–the defining environmental issue of of our era—Wal-Mart is moving in the wrong direction. As Gwen Ruta...[read more]

Wal-Mart Senior Sustainability Manager Needed

June 19, 2009 by Richard Brubaker

Type:Full timeStart Date:- n/a -Salary: Negotiable Location: China - Shenzhen Job Reference:- n/a - Application Deadline: - n/a - Degree/Experience: MBA/Graduate Degree Preferred International Student Applications Accepted: YesJob Details DescriptionThis is a high-profile and high-impact opportunity to join the Wal-Mart sustainability...[read more]

Wal-Mart to increase solar energy use

April 26, 2009 by ToddWallace

Wal-Mart will double its use of solar energy by putting rooftop solar arrays on 10-20 stores or distribution centers in California. Wal-Mart plans to announce for Earth Day on Wednesday that it will as much as double the size of its solar-power initiative in the next 18 months by putting rooftop solar arrays on 10 to 20 stores...[read more]

Wal-Mart’s sustainability czar

June 17, 2008 by Marc Gunther

I continue to be impressed by the scope and seriousness of the sustainability work being done at Wal-Mart. The company is reaching deep into its supply chain to try to wring out waste and develop “greener” products. They’re planning a major push around environmental and social issues this fall in China. All important, interesting stuff....[read more]

Menova Energy puts solar PV, thermal atop Wal-Mart Supercentre

May 23, 2008 by Tyler Hamilton

I've got an article in the Toronto Star today about an Ottawa-based company named Menova Energy, which has what hockey fans might call a "hat trick" solar technology. The company's Power-Spar array is a concentrated solar power system (1,000 suns), a solar thermal system, and a solar lighting system (using fibre-optic redirecton) in one...[read more]