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MA Criticizes Wal-Mart, Lowe’s For Lack of Energy Efficiency In Proposed Stores

If Wal-Mart and Lowe’s intend to move forward with new stores in Salem, Mass., they need to incorporate energy saving features, said Massachusetts’ Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, Ian Bowles.

Bowles said that plans Wal-Mart and Lowe’s filed with the state were disappointing because they did not include solar power or energy saving measures that the retailers have put forth in other states, reports the Boston Globe.

Because of that, Bowles denied a request to allow the two retailers to file a single environmental impact report for a development space that the two plan to share in Salem.

“I expect both Lowe’s and Walmart to consider measures that would make their Massachusetts stores more energy efficient than what was presented,” Bowles wrote, according to the Globe.

In 2007, the state began requiring large developments to quantify and reduce emissions when in the environmental review process.

Governor Deval Patrick in the past has said big-box retailers should install solar panels on their roofs.

Wal-Mart said in a statement that it would cooperate with the state and it “understands that reducing greenhouse gases is a priority of the Patrick administration.”

Bowles is urging the retailers to consider solar panels, energy efficient windows, reduced energy lighting and high-efficiency HVAC systems.

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2 thoughts on “MA Criticizes Wal-Mart, Lowe’s For Lack of Energy Efficiency In Proposed Stores

  1. It seems odd that any national retailer would consider building a new store and not make it the most environmentally efficient structure possible. The long term savings from reduced operational costs would cover initial higher price of the building. The ripe marketing opportunities should also make the construction of environmentally sustainable buildings a given in this day and age.

  2. The Wal-Mart and Lowes proposed for Salem should never be considered a green building.

    Any building material, such as a concrete foundation or paving surfact, that steps foot on a wetland, should not lead to being a Green Building. The Green Communities Act in Massachusett should be challenged and amended to include the impact of a buildings foundation on the environment into the Act.

    We cannot replace pristine woods and wetlands with a patch of grass on the roof. This is a step back in Global Warming. And any building which causes a step back in the efforts to prevent the energies of Global Warming is a failure in whole.

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