As Wal-Mart continues to grow, we plan to limit our use of natural resources in order to preserve their availability for generations to come. Since our last report in 2007, we have continued to integrate innovative ways to make our stores, Sam's Club locations and additional facilities more energy efficient, manage greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water and use recycled materials that reduce the use of virgin materials.
To build on the progress we have made in the U.S., in 2007 we challenged each of our international markets to develop a high-efficiency prototype that minimizes energy use as well as the impact on the local community. Many of our markets have been successful with this initiative and have created pioneering solutions to confront some of the biggest environmental issues facing their communities. Click here to learn more about our sustainable buildings efforts.