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                                       PRESS RELEASE

           Wal-Mart Canada opens first environmental demonstration store
    New high-efficiency model to test innovative geothermal and daylight harvesting technology
                                among other sustainable features

Burlington, ON, January 16, 2009 – Wal-Mart Canada today announced the opening of its first
environmental demonstration store in Burlington, Ontario, which features a first-of-its-kind
application of geothermal technology in a large-scale Canadian retail operation and energy-
conserving lighting innovations, among many other sustainable features.

This year, Wal-Mart Canada will begin to roll out prototypical stores that are 30 per cent more
energy efficient. The new Burlington supercentre is expected to use an estimated 60 per cent
less energy than the company’s typical supercentre store and to reduce carbon emissions by an
estimated 141 tonnes. It is also expected to divert an estimated 85 per cent of its waste from
landfill through a variety of recycling programs.

“We’re determined to build the greenest stores on the block, and our Burlington store puts us
one step closer,” said David Cheesewright, Wal-Mart Canada’s president and CEO. “We
remain committed to being green, not only for the good of the environment, but for the long-term
sustainability of our business. There’s a tremendous opportunity to reduce our construction and
operating costs and to pass those savings on to our customers, who are looking for lower prices
now more than ever.”

“Wal-Mart continues to show its commitment to energy efficiency, renewable energy and
environmental sustainability,” said Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer.
“Demonstration stores like this one prove that conservation and comfort can be brought together
for the benefit of shoppers and employees.”

Energy Efficiency
The environmental demonstration store includes the following energy efficient operations and

•    First-of-its-kind demonstration of geothermal heating and cooling technology in a large-scale
     Canadian retail operation – facilitated by 15 km of piping buried under parking lot
•    Daylight harvesting system using skylights to refract daylight throughout the store; light
     sensors monitor the amount of natural light available and rise, dim or turn off lighting as
•    Store is powered 100% by renewable power sources like wind and low-impact water power
     through Bullfrog Power
•    In-floor radiant heating and cooling system circulates water to transfer heat and cold instead
     of air vents, requiring less electricity
•    Environmentally preferable CO2 refrigeration system
•    Heat from refrigeration system captured and reused to heat store
•    Energy-saving motion-activated LED lights in refrigerator and freezer cases reduces energy
•   Low-wattage parking lot lights as well as LED external signs reduce energy use
•   White roof membrane deflects sunlight by an estimated 85 per cent to reduce heat gain in
    summer and demand on the electrical grid
•   Increased insulation on the roof reduces heat and cooling loss

Other Sustainable Features
• Low flow sinks, toilets and urinals
• Concrete floors, instead of carpet or tile, reduce excess materials and the need for harsh
   chemical cleaning products
• Close proximity to the Burlington GO train station and municipal bus system allows for easy
   access to store by public transit

Environmental sustainability was also an important part of the construction phase. Up to 75 per
cent of the store’s construction waste was diverted from landfill and the entire construction
phase was powered by renewable power sources through Bullfrog Power. The store was also
built using recycled, locally-sourced and low- or zero-VOC materials.

Waste Diversion
The Burlington environmental demonstration store has multiple waste diversion streams
including paper, plastic and organics. One innovative diversion program recycles the store’s
polystyrene waste into fire-resistant insulation used for commercial building. The store has a
first-of-its-kind customer recycling centre including streams for plastic bags and CFL light bulbs.

Environmentally Preferable Products
The store offers customers hundreds of environmentally preferable products ranging from
organic produce, dry groceries and dairy to environmentally preferable cleaning products and
paper products.

Wal-Mart Canada has three long-term environmental sustainability goals: 1. To be 100 per cent
supplied by renewable energy; 2. To produce zero waste; 3. To provide environmentally friendly
products to customers.


About Wal-Mart Canada
Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart Canada Corp. operates 316 retail outlets
nationwide. The company’s vision is to demonstrate environmental leadership by reducing the
ecological impact of its operations through company-wide programs focused on waste, energy
and products, as well as outreach programs that preserve and enhance local environments.

For further information, please contact:

Karin Campbell, corporate affairs, Wal-Mart Canada, 905-821-2111 x4042

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