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Monday, February 8, 2010

Wal-Mart Goes Green - As Does Canadian Tire -Why Don't We?

Per The Globe and Mail, page B2, Monday, February 8, 2010
Wal-Mart wants to swap green thinking with leaders of some of the country's most high-profile business...Wal-Mart has even managed to draw executives from retail rivals such as Canadian Tire Corp. ....to discuss how going green is good for the planet and good for business.  ...by switching to more efficient lighting in its stores, [Canadian Tire] will save about $ 12-million in 2010, or 85 million kilowatts in electricity and greenhouse gas emissions.
$ 12 million dollars ain't pocket change to anyone.  There are numerous win-win situations like the one illustrated by Canadian Tire.  For instance, at home one can use compact flourescent bulbs intead of incandescents, turn one's computer and TV off when not in use, and turn one's heat back at night to reduce one's carbon footprint AND save money.  Why not do so?

The business papers are full of articles indicating businesses take climate change seriously.   Why don't the rest of us?

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