Walmart named to Washington state green list

SEATTLE — Walmart announced that ihas been selected as one of the Washington Green 50 list by Seattle Business Magazine as part of its annual Green Washington Awards competition. Walmart was a finalist in the retail category.

The Green Washington Awards program identifies and honors companies that are demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to making their business sustainable, according to a press release. Walmart was honored for its improved fleet efficiency by 65%; recycling more than 31,000 tons of materials last year in Washington; and commitment to sell more green products to customers — 52% of products have had a 25% reduction in energy consumption.

"Sustainability is a core element of who Walmart is," said Robyn Babbitt, senior manager of sustainability at Walmart. "We integrate sustainability throughout our entire supply chain in order to operate as efficiently as possible so we can continue to deliver everyday low prices to our customers."

Babbitt, who accepted the award on behalf of Walmart, participated in an event panel discussion on "Capital Strategies for Sustainability" with other industry experts from The Boeing Company, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions and Unico Properties.