Posts Tagged ‘walmart’

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TC Biz Journal: Wal-Mart found guilty of violating Minnesota’s labor laws. “[Dakota County] District Judge Robert King Jr. ruled after a nonjury trial that Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant Wal-Mart owes employees $6.5 million, and faces up to an additional $2 billion in damages.”

MinnPost: “[Minneapolis Mayor R.T.] Rybak has been elected as vice president for communications of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, which means he’ll be a spokesman on national urban issues for that organization.”

TC Daily Planet: South High School students, with the help of the Minneapolis Television Network, produced a video of interviews with undocumented workers their age.

Rhubarbarism: Amazon bookstore is staying open but the cooperative ownership is ending. Nice further discussion on co-ops in the Twin Cities.

Patent Pending: St. Cloud State’s masters program in regulatory affairs is entering it’s second year. This is near and dear to my heart, since I work for Satan Big Pharma. Their focus is mainly on servicing the medical device industry, but any industry regulated by the FDA faces similar challenges.

TC Daily Planet: Dan Wilson tells the story behind Semisonic’s “Closing Time” “I figured Wilson would be sick of playing ‘Closing Time’ by now, but he managed to revive and re-contextualize this once-ubiquitous hit single in a refreshing way.”

MPR: Six MnSCU schools to pilot textbook rental programs.

MnIndy: All the while I was worried about Lowe’s buying ad space in our parks, Toyota already had a deal in the works.

Capitol Getting Free Energy Audit from Wal-Mart

The National Governors Association‘s Greening State Capitols program has selected 20 participating capitol complexes. Considering Tim Pawlenty is the NGA Chair that’d be some shit if we weren’t on the list.

From Wal-Mart’s press release:

During the next year, engineering experts will visit the 20 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.

More on Wal-Mart’s role, from the Greening State Capitols program announcement (pdf):

Wal-Mart will only recommend technologies that give the state a return on investment within five years, unless a state specifically asks for a different time frame. At the state’s request, Wal-Mart will use its procurement skills to attract bids from interested companies and facilitate installation of the recommended technologies.

Each state will provide personnel to help conduct the audit, implement recommendations, and track results.

It makes some sense when you consider what Wal-Mart has done to make their stores more energy efficient. And it jibes with the fact that real change on a large scale only happens when it becomes a business incentive to do so.

I still wonder about conflicts of interest, though. Wal-Mart can’t just be doing this out of the goodness of the VP of Sustainability‘s heart. PR? While it’s not guaranteed, they’re obviously going to get further business when the states implement their recommendations.

(via Maria Energia)

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