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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The Walmart de Mexico scandal: Here’s a punishment that befits the crime

Walmart evaded environmental protections and other rules in Mexico by paying out bribes. As punishment, the company should have to give up many of its Mexican stores.

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Four ways enviros can keep Walmart in the hot seat

The world's biggest retailer has gotten an undeserved free pass from many environmentalists. It's time to take a tougher line and set a higher standard, argues Stacy Mitchell in the conclusion to her series on …


Eaters, beware: Walmart is taking over our food system

Aubretia Edick has worked at a Walmart store in upstate New York for 11 years, but she won’t buy fresh food there. Bagged salads, she claims, are often past their sell-by dates and, in the …

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Walmart spends big to help anti-environment candidates

In 2006, Walmart made headlines when its vice president for corporate strategy and sustainability, Andrew Ruben, told a congressional committee that the company “would accept a well-designed mandatory cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases.” Other major …

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Can you say ‘sprawl’? Walmart’s biggest climate impact goes ignored

My, that’s a big abandoned parking lot you have.Photo: Rob StinnettEarlier this year, the New Jersey Sierra Club and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance tried but failed to block a permit for a new Walmart supercenter …

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Walmart’s promised green product rankings fall off the radar

In 2009, Walmart created a stir when it announced that it would develop a Sustainability Index to assess the environmental impacts of every item on its shelves and provide an easy rating system to help …

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Think Walmart uses 100% clean energy? Try 2%

Walmart is moving like a tortoise toward its clean-energy goal.Context is critical to understanding Walmart’s sustainability initiatives and their impact on the retailer’s overall environmental footprint. But context has been sorely absent in the news …

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Is your stuff falling apart? Thank Walmart

Forever in blue jeans, babe? Not anymore.Photo: bburkyMy friend Tony’s closet is as good a place as any to begin an investigation of Walmart’s environmental impact. Tony has a pair of Levi’s that date back …

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Walmart by the numbers: Green vs. growth

Walmart’s six-year-old sustainability campaign has helped improve its public image, enabling the company to grow bigger and faster. That growth, ironically, has dramatically increased the retailer’s environmental footprint, and hurt local economies and the U.S. …