Working together to create a clean energy future through energy efficiency
Kansas City, Kan., May 6, 2008 –Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that 19 capitol complexes have been selected to participate in the previously announced “Greening State Capitols” program. Wal-Mart will identify engineering experts to perform an energy audit of the participating facilities and provide recommendations for ways to save energy, lower electricity costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The 19 states and commonwealths are:
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“The program shows how governments and the private sector can work together to address issues of importance to all Americans, like increasing energy efficiency and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Matt Kistler, senior vice president of sustainability for Wal-Mart. “Through this partnership, Wal-Mart will identify energy saving opportunities for capitols across the county, in an effort to secure our nation’s energy future and ensure a cleaner environment for generations to come.”
The NGA Center for Best Practices identified and selected the participating states and commonwealths and will be responsible for tracking results. The 19 participants were announced at NGA’s State Summit on Clean Power and Efficiency, during the Energy Efficiency and Conservation working sessions.
“The cleanest and cheapest energy is the energy we do not use,” said Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, NGA Chair. “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.”
During the next year, engineering experts will visit the 19 capitol facilities to examine the lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, as well as refrigeration equipment and building structures. Each governor will then receive recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency of his or her capitol complex. The recommendations will be based on technologies that have proven successful in Wal-Mart stores, Sam’s Clubs and supplier facilities around the world. According to its engineering analysis, Wal-Mart, through its Supplier Energy Efficiency Program, has already helped participating organizations save between 20 and 50 percent on their energy bills.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart discount stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Club locations in the United States. The Company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. The Company’s securities are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.
About the National Governors Association
Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit www.nga.org.