Environment America urges Walmart to go solar

Walmart, one of the most visible retailers in the nation, has the chance to lead the corporate world toward renewable energy. 

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.

Walmart, one of the most visible retailers in the nation, has the chance to lead the corporate world toward renewable energy.  

On Nov. 5, Environment America, along with 150 other environmental groups, delivered a letter to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon encouraging the franchise to install solar panels on the roofs of all viable stores and parking lots by 2035. If Walmart commits to this goal, it will generate nearly 6,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy each year, enough to power 660,000 American homes. 

“It’s encouraging to see such a broad coalition of groups calling for commonsense clean energy solutions,” said Johanna Neumann, Senior Director of Environment America's Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy. “Installing solar on superstores like Walmart would be a win for the environment, a win for consumers, and a win for businesses.”

Environment America hopes Walmart will take the necessary steps to safeguard our environment by installing solar panels at nearly 5,000 US store locations.  

Read more about the letter.

Learn more about our Go Solar campaign. 

ACT NOW

We need to transition to renewable energy and avoid increasing fossil fuel use in our communities. Every big box store without solar is a missed opportunity to generate clean energy. 

To join us in asking Walmart to go big on solar, sign our petition. 

Photo: If Walmart installs solar panels on all its viable roofs, it will generate nearly 6,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy each year. Credit: Mark Mozart via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.