Wal-Mart goes green?
Yes, it’s still a Wal-Mart after all, but with recovered cooking oil bio-fuel burners, passive cooling in the Garden Center, and wind turbines… have they lost their minds?
They’ve even gotten it into their crazy heads to contract the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to provide testing and analysis on the new McKinney, Texas Wal-Mart Supercenter’s systems and materials based on national scientific measurements and standards, for three years.
Find out why the Earth’s largest retail enterprise would do this.
Some notable features
Porous pavement lets water through the surface of the parking lot
Rainwater harvesting pond collects water for irrigation
Used motor and cooking oil in a boiler helps heat the building
Polycrystalline photovoltaic laminates let light in the Garden Center while reducing electrical demand
Special thanks to Cathy Warren-Boulton and John Linam for almost simultaneously pointing out this news item.