SAN DIEGO, CA (April 30, 2014) – Last weekend, Walmart stores across the County helped further environmental sustainability efforts by participating in I Love A Clean San Diego’s (ILACSD) Creek to Bay Cleanup. Walmart market managers, store managers and associates from 26 stores volunteered at 20 sites throughout San Diego County, including in Santee, Poway and Sherman Heights.
“Every year, we look forward to coming out and participating in I Love A Clean San Diego cleanups in order to give back to the neighborhoods we serve,” said Walmart Market Manager Steve Markey. “At Walmart, we know that being a good environmental steward and an efficient business are principles that go hand-in-hand.”
ILACSD’s annual Creek to Bay Cleanup attracted thousands of volunteers to more than 90 coastal and inland sites around San Diego County. The cleanups help preserve the local environment by cleaning and beautifying these outdoor areas. The event is part of a larger event called the Great American Cleanup that is the nation's largest annual community improvement program.
“We appreciate Walmart’s commitment to participate yearly in the Creek to Bay Cleanup,” said Pauline Martinson, Executive Director of I Love a Clean San Diego. “It is great to see their associates come out across the County and volunteer in the causes that are important to their communities.”
Since 2010, local Walmart stores have donated nearly $25,000 to ILACSD and its programs. Walmart associates will be volunteering by working on projects such as waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening at sites in local parks, on the beach and along creek beds. Through ILACSD community engagement projects, volunteers remove about one million pounds of debris every two years.
“As a longtime supporter of the Creek to Bay Cleanup, I want to thank all the sponsors of the event and all the volunteers who are giving up their precious time to restore natural sites throughout the region and improve the quality of life for all San Diegans,” said County of San Diego Supervisor Greg Cox.
Involvement in this annual event is part of Walmart’s larger commitment to sustainability. Environmental sustainability has become an essential ingredient to doing business responsibly and successfully and Walmart has set three aspirational sustainability goals including to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, to create zero waste and to sell products that sustain people and the environment. As part of this commitment, the Walmart Foundation concentrates on supporting organizations, such as I Love a Clean San Diego and EarthWorks, that help people understand how families and communities can live better by using fewer natural resources and growing healthy food in a more sustainable way.
Working towards its goal on renewable energy, Walmart hopes to install solar power on at least 1,000 rooftops and facilities in the U.S. by 2020, a significant increase from the more than 250 solar projects in operation currently. In addition to onsite solar, the company will continue to develop projects in wind, fuel cells and other technologies. It will also procure offsite renewable energy from utility-scale projects, such as large wind projects, micro-hydro projects and geothermal.
There are currently 12 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in San Diego County that use solar energy with the recent installation of solar panels in Santee. Four locations also use Bloom Energy fuel cell technology, with the latest addition being the Sam’s Club in the College Grove area of the City of San Diego.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.