Another “Greener” Wal Mart – Kansas City

walmart44.jpgReporting on the various “green” initiatives coming out of bentonville is getting to be a bit of a cliche, not to mention straying dangerously toward greenwashing, but I have to commend this particular piece of news coming out of Kansas City. A new “supercenter” will be built there paying particular mind to energy efficiency in both the operations of the store itself as well as the products it offers.
I have to take it with a grain of salt in that Wal Mart still does next to nothing to address the impact of their lack of employee health care coverage on a community, not to mention their encouragement of car dependent suburban sprawl that a super center inevitable produces (easily negating the societal benefits of a greener store). But still, this is still something worth praising – if for no other reason than the big time media attention it gets which has the benefit of not only giving wal mart good, pr, but also making energy efficiency palatable for mainstream American business who will likely seek to emulate wal mart’s efforts.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

3 responses

  1. Although I hear a lot about it, I’ve never quite understood the science that links Wal-Mart’s employee benefit plan to a store’s energy efficiency. I would really appreciate an explanation of that, there must be some issue of thermodynamics that I don’t grasp.

  2. Being “green” is a much wider concept than just achieving energy efficiency. A well balanced and fair employee benefit plan ensures the ‘well-being’ of the employees and hence very crucial for corporations trying to promote themselves as “green” businesses.

  3. Can Wal-Mart really be blamed for its contribution to “car dependent suburban sprawl?” That’s where its customers have opted to live. No retailer can be expected to locate only in urban areas. And Wal-Mart is exploring selling ethanol for flex-fuel cars, in part to promote greener cars.

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