LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 28, 2009 -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) announced today the results of an energy audit of capitol complexes in Arkansas. The report includes recommendations that could save the state more than $430,000 in energy costs and help avoid producing more than 2,800 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
“Walmart's audit gives us detailed guidance toward reducing the State of Arkansas's energy costs,” Governor Mike Beebe said. “These recommendations can help us save taxpayer dollars and operate government with better energy efficiency. We appreciate Walmart's continued commitment to improving its home state.”
During a two-day auditing process, Walmart sent a team of engineering experts to survey state capitol facilities. The team worked with staff from the Arkansas Building Authority, the Office of Energy, the Secretary of State’s office and the Governor’s office. The audit suggests energy efficiency improvements based on technologies Walmart has successfully deployed in many stores, clubs and other facilities around the world. The areas covered by the audit include:
- Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVAC);
- Refrigeration and other equipment;
- Technologies such as programmable thermostats; and
- Building structure, including insulation and windows.
“As caretaker of our historic State Capitol, I have already taken steps to reduce energy consumption by replacing most of the building’s traditional lighting with energy-efficient alternatives,” said Secretary of State Charlie Daniels. “We are always searching for additional ways to conserve energy and look forward to implementing the recommendations from Walmart’s energy audit where feasible.”
“Walmart is committed to sharing its sustainability findings and providing governments and businesses with proven energy solutions that benefit the environment and save money,” said Kim Saylors-Laster, vice president of energy at Walmart. “It’s evident Arkansas has made many improvements to increase building efficiency. We believe the state can recognize even more energy savings and reduce emissions by implementing the recommendations in our audit.”
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Walmart operates Walmart discount stores, supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Club locations in the United States. The company also operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. The company's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WMT. More information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.
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