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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2017

Get Charged Up About Drive Electric Week

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/national-drive-electric-week-2017/

Electric vehicle sales are surging, and the trend shows no signs of stopping — particularly as the battery technology that powers them enables longer trips and comes at a lower cost. The first electric cars hit the market more than 100 years ago, but this time, there’s plenty of reasons to believe they’re not only… Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2014

Walmart is the Last Place Obama Should be Making a Clean Energy Speech

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/walmart-place-obama-making-clean-energy-speech/

A recent study has documented, for the first time, how the big-box retailing revolution led by Walmart and other big chains has dramatically increased the amount of energy we’re using to schlep consumer goods across the country and into our homes. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Nov 29, 2011

Can you say ‘Sprawl’? Walmart’s Biggest Climate Impact Goes Ignored

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/can-you-say-sprawl-walmarts-biggest-climate-impact-goes-ignored/

Even as Walmart has been hyping its supposed environmental epiphany, it has continued to unroll vast, low-rise supercenters at breakneck speed. Since 2005, Walmart has added more than 1,100 new supercenters, almost all built on land that hadn’t been developed previously. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 3 Comments | Updated on May 6, 2010

Miles Driven for Shopping Continues to Climb, But Pace Slows

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/miles-driven-shopping-continues-climb-pace-slows/

While the number of miles logged going to work, social events, and other activities declined over the last decade, the number of miles families drive for shopping each year continued climb. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2010

Putting Wal-Mart’s Green Moves in Context

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/putting-walmarts-green-moves-context/

What journalists and even environmentalists so often fail to do in reporting on Walmart’s sustainability announcements is to provide context. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Aug 19, 2009

Neighborhood Stores: An Overlooked Strategy for Fighting Global Warming

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/neighborhood-stores-overlooked-strategy-fighting-global-warming/

So far, the public debate about cars and climate change has been dominated by fuel economy. But driving has been growing at such a rapid pace that even a big advance in fuel economy is likely to be wiped out by ever more miles on the road. This is where local stores come in.  Dozens of studies have found that people who live near small stores walk more for errands and, when they do drive, their trips are shorter. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 28, 2007

Keep Your Eyes on the Size: The impossibility of a green Wal-Mart

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/keep-your-eyes-size-impossibility-green-walmart/

Walmart’s sustainability campaign cannot be dismissed as greenwashing. It’s actually far more dangerous than that. Wal-Mart’s initiatives have just enough meat to have distracted much of the environmental movement, along with most journalists and many ordinary people, from the fundamental fact that, as a system of distributing goods to people, big-box retailing is as intrinsically unsustainable as clear-cut logging is as a method of harvesting trees. Continue reading