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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Wal-Mart Canada here and Evergreen this week revealed the first 48 community recipients of a five-year, $2.5 million Wal-Mart Evergreen Green Grants program. Funded by the retailer and headed by Evergreen, a Toronto-based nonprofit environmental organization, the grants provide up to CAN $10,000 (US $9,374) to public groups introducing or revitalizing green space in Canadian communities.
The program debuted in 2005, and has since become the largest of its type in Canada.
To date, Wal-Mart and Evergreen have administered CAN $821,000 (US $769,589) in grants, supporting 130 projects. This year's grants will fund a wide array of projects, among them naturalization of urban spaces, repair of fish and wildlife habitats, sustainable food gardening, and tree planting to offset urban development. The grants are available across Canada and awarded by Evergreen according to merit and an application review process.
"Our commitment to the environment is a fundamental part of our operation," noted Wal-Mart president and c.e.o. Mario Pilozzi.
The 48 recipients are located in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.
Wal-Mart Canada operates 278 discount stores, eight Wal-Mart Supercentres, and six Sam's Club membership warehouse operations. The company has committed to three long-term sustainability goals: to produce zero waste, to be powered 100 percent by renewable energy, and to make more environmentally preferable products available to customers.