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‘Green’ goals help Wal-Mart employees save the environment

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Wal-Mart employees have created “green” goals that help them save the environment at work and at home.

More than 20,000 of the 1.3 million people who work for the country’s largest employer participate in the retailer’s voluntary Personal Sustainability Project. Employees designed the program to help them incorporate the principles of sustainability into their daily lives.

Each employee chooses his or her personal goals for helping the environment, and then encourages Wal-Mart customers to make similar changes in their own lives. For example, many employees are going green by using eco-friendly products in their homes and starting recycling programs in the stores and at home.

All Wal-Mart stores in the Indianapolis area have recycling programs as a result, says Kory Lundberg, a spokesman for the retailer. The Indianapolis stores have collected more than 16 tons of recyclable products, cashed them in and donated the money to a Children’s Miracle Foundation hospital, Lundberg says.

Some employees also focus on healthier lifestyle choices, such as eating better, exercising more and quitting smoking. In fact, 300 employees have quit smoking so far, Lundberg says.

The program, he says, is “about making and sustaining one simple change in life that one can be passionate about,” Lundberg says.

For more on the program, visit www.walmartfacts.com

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