Wal-Mart will actually pay engineers to perform the energy audits and make recommendations for the capitol complexes. Beginning this year and extending through 2009, the engineers will look at lighting, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and other big potential sources for energy savings. The recommendations for improvements will incorporate the technology Wal-Mart has used to make its own stores more efficient.
The states included are: Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Minnesota Governor and chair of the National Governors Association, Tim Pawlenty (R), said in a news release:
"The cleanest and cheapest energy is the energy we do not use. This partnership is a clear example of how governors across the country are taking tangible steps to improve energy efficiency. Enhancing the energy efficiency of state capitol complexes will set an example we hope will spread across our states while also ensuring that taxpayer resources are being used as wisely as possible."But Wal-Mart is doing this for us, not our elected leaders. A business had to step in to get the job done. If the result, however, is energy efficiency savings and lower global warming emissions, perhaps that end does justify the means.
via Star Tribune