"For the Greener Good": Wal-Mart Canada funds $2.5 million community Green Grant program, cuts waste and power, and flags sustainable products

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 26 /CNW/ - In a landmark announcement, Wal-Mart
Canada Corp. today released details of a new company strategy called For the
Greener Good, incorporating partnerships, business initiatives and products
for positive environmental change.
    "For the Greener Good represents a new company mindset," said Mario
Pilozzi, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Canada Corp. "Whether we're introducing
our managers and suppliers to the ideas of David Suzuki, challenging vendors
to reduce packaging, eliminating waste in our stores, or showcasing greener
products for customers, we're committed to knowing more and doing more about
the environment."

    Wal-Mart has committed to three long-term sustainability goals, globally
and in Canada:
    1.  To produce zero waste;
    2.  To be powered 100 per cent by renewable energy; and,
    3.  To make more environmentally preferable products available to

    In Canada, these goals will be achieved largely through For the Greener
Good initiatives, including the following announced for 2007:

    -   Wal-Mart Canada will fund a $2.5-million Green Grant program, in
        partnership with Evergreen (www.evergreen.ca), to support the
        restoration and stewardship of community green space in Canada. This
        is the largest corporately funded program of its kind, representing
        an average annual commitment of $500,000 over the next five years.

    -   Wal-Mart Canada will reduce its carbon emissions by a minimum
        19,000 tons this year. Through green-power purchases, changes to in-
        store lighting and other alterations, the company's carbon reductions
        will be equivalent to taking 1,900 cars off the road for one year.

        -  Wal-Mart Canada buys more renewable energy than any other
           commercial enterprise in Ontario - and 2007 plans put it on track
           to become Canada's largest green-power purchaser.

        -  Wal-Mart Canada has reduced energy used for store lighting by
           25-33 per cent in select locations. Approximately half of its
           stores will be retrofitted by year's end, each representing a
           25-per cent reduction in power used for lighting. As it did in
           Ontario in the summers of 2005 and 2006, the company is
           investigating dimming store lights to two-thirds power during
           high-consumption periods.

    -   Wal-Mart Canada will reduce store waste by a minimum of
        87 million kilograms in 2007. This change means Wal-Mart stores will
        fill approximately 22,000 fewer garbage trucks nationwide. The
        company has introduced aggressive programs and targets for recycling
        cardboard and plastic film (which comprise more than half of store
        waste), and is piloting a program to separate all store waste into
        multiple categories to allow appropriate disposal, recycling and even
        sale of materials previously directed to landfill.

    -   This month, Wal-Mart Canada has launched a "For the Greener Good"
        logo to flag environmentally preferable products for customers. Phase
        one of the program, already underway, identifies Energy Star-rated
        products. In the first week of the program, CFL light bulb sales
        increased nearly 30 per cent, supporting Wal-Mart Canada's 2007 goal
        to sell greater than 10 million higher-efficiency bulbs.

    -   Organic fashion is coming to select stores in summer 2007. Phase two
        of the "For the Greener Good" product campaign will identify fashion
        and textiles - from baby clothes to yoga gear - made of organic
        cotton and bamboo, renewable resources produced without heavy
        pesticides or chemicals.

    -   Wal-Mart Canada will enlist new and existing suppliers in its
        sustainability efforts. The following initiatives are planned for

        -  The company will seek environmentally preferable products by
           holding the first-ever "Wal-Mart Canada Green Supplier Fair" on
           August 29.

        -  The company will provide Wal-Mart buyers and suppliers with
           training on sustainable packaging.

        -  The company will introduce a scorecard to hold suppliers
           accountable for the environmental "footprint" of their product

    Wal-Mart Canada has established 13 internal networks working with
industry partners and environmental experts to assess sustainable practices,
products and improvements in the following business areas: seafood; forest and
paper; electronics; chemical-intensive products; food and agriculture;
textiles; logistics; packaging; greenhouse gases; construction and design;
alternative fuels; waste; and, jewelry and mined products.
    The company will include sustainability and the environment as a key
focus of its first-ever Corporate Values Report, available to the public in
the summer of 2007. The document outlines Wal-Mart Canada's commitments, goals
and progress in areas of public interest.

    About Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

    Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart Canada Corp. operates 
277 discount stores, seven Wal-Mart Supercentres, and six SAM'S CLUB
membership warehouse operations. The company's environmental vision is to
demonstrate environmental leadership by reducing the ecological impact of our
operations through company-wide programs focused on waste, energy and
products, as well as outreach programs that preserve and enhance local

For further information:

For further information: Kevin Groh, Director, Corporate Affairs,
Wal-Mart Canada, (905) 821-2111 x8012

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