Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Capitols Get Free Energy Audit From...Wal-Mart?!

Is there anything this company doesn't get itself in to? Wal-Mart just announced that it's selected capitol buildings in 19 states and Puerto Rico to assist with cutting emissions and save on energy costs.

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


adrian2514 said...

Hey! I'm glad to see Wal-mart's looking to increase energy efficiency. Thanks for all the great info. I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and I especially like’s carbon calculator ( I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).

Maria Surma Manka said...

Hey Adrian - Basically all of the blogs on my blogroll are great ones. Green Options and EcoGeek are two of them that I especially check religiously. Hope that helps!