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Wal-Mart Partners to Drive Sustainability

BY CSA STAFF

Bentonville, Ark. In its continuing efforts to identify solutions to environmental challenges, Wal-Mart Stores has partnered with San Francisco-based Cleantech Group in the launch of a Web-based tool designed to accelerate the deployment of new, sustainable technologies.

“The Cleantech Accelerator Project is another example of Wal-Mart’s commitment to being one of the early adopters of technologies that can improve the environment and our business operations,” said Matt Kistler, senior VP of sustainability at Wal-Mart. “We believe that our partnership with the Cleantech Group will help us tap into a wide source of innovators who can provide us with fresh thinking as we move forward in our journey to become a more sustainable company.”

Wal-Mart and the Cleantech Group established their partnership in October 2007. Since then, the two companies have worked together to identify the initial areas of opportunity for submissions. Through the Cleantech Accelerator Project, Wal-Mart is seeking innovative ideas in a range of areas, including wind harvesting, closed-loop water processing, organic waste and sustainable building materials.

In related news, Wal-Mart Stores announced Tuesday it has established a partnership with the National Governors Association (NGA) to help state capitols improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases.

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Family Dollar names human resources head

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MATTHEWS, N.C. Family Dollar Stores today announced that Bryan Venberg has been named to the position of senior vp of human resources. Venberg will report to Howard Levine, chairman of the board and ceo.

Prior to joining Family Dollar, Venberg served as senior vp of operations of customer service and human resources with ShopNBC. He has held similar positions with Target, as well as with Marshall Fields.

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Staples to offer free tax return copies

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Staples announced today that it will be offering its customers free copies of their 2007 tax returns. On April 15, Staples Copy & Print Centers nationwide will provide free copies, up to 20 pages, of 2007 tax returns.

We have all become so comfortable storing and sending data electronically, that many people are not keeping hard copies of important documents, said John Burke, senior vp of business services at Staples. Nothing is easier to access and more reliable than a paper copy of your taxes, which is why Staples is offering free copies of tax returns. 

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