Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and runs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative. Check out her TEDx talk, "Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy," and connect with her on twitter at @stacyfmitchell.

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Walmart spews a huge amount of climate pollution with its shipping, but doesn’t report any of it

That could change if shareholders adopt a proposed resolution this Friday. It would require Walmart to report and reduce shipping emissions.

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Walmart’s new green product label is the most misleading yet

The “Sustainability Leaders” badge is getting great press, but even Walmart admits that it doesn't mean products are eco-friendly.

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Walmart is the last place Obama should be making a clean energy speech

The mega-retailer gets only 3 percent of its power from clean sources, and ranks just behind Chevron on the list of biggest climate polluters.

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A Trojan carrot

Walmart’s latest organic scheme is just part of its plot to take over our food system

The retail giant already controls more than 25 percent of the U.S. grocery market, and with its new organic label, it's aiming to control even more.

EDF sells green cred to Walmart for the low, low price of $66 million

Environmental Defense Fund, a big cheerleader for Walmart's sustainability efforts, gets about an eighth of its budget from the Walton family, the same folks who control Walmart.

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Here’s one smart way to fight big-box stores

Cape Cod is the rare community that considers regional economic impacts when weighing big-box retail proposals, and that makes all the difference.

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Locally owned businesses can help communities thrive — and survive climate change

Cities where small businesses account for a relatively large share of the economy have stronger social networks and more engaged citizens.

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Bangladesh fire shows why we can’t trust Walmart to green its supply chain

The retailer says its suppliers are going green, but as a recent factory fire revealed, Walmart won't even divulge who its suppliers are.

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Walmart heirs quietly fund Walmart’s environmental allies

The Walton Family Foundation has become one of the largest environmental grantmakers in the U.S. -- and it's steering its money to groups that play nice with Walmart.