$700,000 donation to help eco-restoration of community gardens, plant distribution, and hazardous waste recycling in cit
Chicago, Ill., July 22, 2009 -- Today, Walmart took part in the city’s Green Jobs announcement and in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors donated $700,000 to Greencorps for green job training and development. Mayor Richard M. Daley and the city of Chicago were honored for their leadership in creating and expanding training programs for green jobs.
“The Greencorps Chicago program is indicative of the Mayor’s leadership in transforming the fabric of our great city. Greencorps graduates in many instances are ex-offenders or chronically underemployed Chicagoans who have reaped the benefits of life and technical skills training in order to take advantage of the emerging green economy,” said Environment Commissioner, Suzanne Malec-McKenna. “Greencorps participants have helped change the landscape of Chicago both literally and figuratively with their hard work and dedication.”
The Greencorps Chicago program trains 40 to 50 disadvantaged Chicago residents for at least nine months in community landscaping, electronics and hazardous waste recycling and home weatherization projects. The program plans to expand its weatherization training and initiate an arborist training program with the support of the Walmart Foundation Green Jobs Training Initiative Grant.
“The U.S. Conference of Mayors and its Green Jobs Taskforce is identifying the break-through programs that are time-tested and successful, said Rolando Rodriquez, Walmart vice president and regional general manager for Illinois. “The Greencorps program is a proven leader in the city of Chicago and is a great role model to agencies everywhere on how to work with communities to bring about positive change for the environment,” Rodriquez added.
Walmart is a valued member of the Mayors Climate Protection Council, established to support The U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Center. The Walmart Foundation is committed to creating opportunities to help people live better and has funded a number of environmentally-friendly initiatives since the company created three global environmental goals in 2005: to run on 100 percent renewable energy, create zero waste, and sell products that promote environmental sustainability.
“Energy, climate protection and green jobs have been top priorities in our work with mayors. The Walmart Foundation’s generous support of our Green Jobs Training Initiative enables us to continue this important work in building a green workforce in cities,” said Tom Cochran, Executive Director and CEO of The U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Every week, millions of customers visit Walmart stores, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $378 million to local communities in the United States. More information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com.