This is a classic example of green-washing. While Wal-Mart talks about building this “green” store in Vancouver, it insists on building a store on sensitive riparian habitat not too far away in Campbell River, BC.
It should also be pointed out that Wal-Mart rejected some of the engineering plans that would have made the store even more energy efficient.
The windmills are also a joke. There is not enough wind in this part of the city to power current wind mill technology efficiently. City planners have already rejected the use of windmills in southeast False Creek for that very reason.
Many of us in Vancouver hope that Vancouver will remain a “Wal-Mart Free Zone.”