Whatever your stance on WalMart’s efforts to green its products, stores and, by extension, reputation, this piece on whether or not they’re accomplishing those goals in the first place is a must-read. Especially since, as Kroll puts it:
"In the past, Walmart’s outsize carbon footprint had made the company a favorite target of environmentalists. But in 2009, as hope for a congressional cap-and-trade deal evaporated and the Copenhagen climate talks ended in a stalemate, they [the National Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense Fund] began to see Walmart in a different light: If they could make the world’s largest retailer greener, other businesses might follow suit. EDF had opened its own office near Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, embedding its employees in the "belly of the beast," as one staffer put it. "Even though they’re a party of last resort, they’re our only hope at the moment," said Linda Greer, an NRDC scientist who works with Walmart. "They have the potential to change the world."