Smart and Sustainable

Published on May 17, 2019 and last updated on January 19, 2023

Reflects Walmart’s leadership in environmental sustainability through a high-efficiency design within the native geographical landscape.
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Smart and Sustainable

Reflects Walmart’s leadership in environmental sustainability through a high-efficiency design within the native geographical landscape.

We were among the first global companies to add environmental sustainability and social responsibility as core elements of our business strategy in 2005. These shared values have become increasingly important as we position ourselves to win the future of retail and hire and retain top talent. We’ve transformed our stores and trucking fleet, invested in the communities where we operate and encouraged our suppliers to improve their products and operations. While we’ve received recognition for such ambitions and accomplishments, our current Home Office simply does not evoke a connection to these values. With our new campus, we have a unique opportunity to create a space and culture that embodies our vision for a sustainable world, while providing a winning and inspirational work environment.

Walmart’s sustainability efforts prioritize people and the planet by aiming to source responsibly, eliminate waste and emissions, sell sustainable products and protect and restore nature. Our goals for the campus align with Walmart’s commitment to become a regenerative company in a variety of ways, including:

  • During the demolition phase, we have been able to recycle and/or divert from the landfill more than 95%, by weight, of the demolished material. Here are some amazing numbers for context:
    • 220k tons of concrete will be crushed and reused throughout the project
    • 70k tons of asphalt will be milled and reused for haul roads during construction
    • 14k tons of metal/steel has been recycled
    • 20 tons of paper/plastic has been recycled
  • 10+ acres of lakes for stormwater collection for smart irrigation, wildlife habitat, rainwater reuse and more
  • Native and drought-tolerant plants to minimize the need for excessive watering
  • Solar panel-ready rooftops on parking decks and select buildings
  • Daylight and views from all office floors and active design throughout buildings, incorporating prominent interconnected stairs and trails
  • Across campus, the majority of our building materials are regionally sourced, grown or manufactured within 400 miles of Bentonville
  • A central utility plant with energy-efficient cooling towers and heat recovery chillers
  • Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to promote low-emission commuting options
  • An LED lighting strategy throughout the campus to take advantage of the most energy-efficient fixtures available
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The landscape design will reflect the complex mosaic of native habitats found throughout the Northwest Arkansas region and the distinct culture that has been an integral part of Walmart’s history. It encourages interaction between Walmart associates, the Bentonville community and the physical environment to reinforce sustainable living and holistic well-being.

We will demonstrate locally what we are committed to globally.