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The Sustainability Leaders badge is straight out of Walmart’s 10-year-old greenwashing playbook. Once again, Walmart has engineered an appealing media story about itself as a green innovator that has little to do with reality.
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For nearly two decades, Stacy Mitchell has tried to level a playing field she sees as tilted toward big retail.
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"We should never take our eyes off what’s really at stake here. Walmart is a growth machine. It’s not interested in being a better company, only in being a bigger one."  -- My latest for +Grist 
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.
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Zoning policies are one of the most powerful tools cities have for building a local economy and protecting good jobs.  Two recent planning decisions -- in Massachusetts and Wisconsin -- show why having smart policies on the books can make all the difference. 
Although few cities take full advantage of them, planning and zoning powers are among the most potent tools communities have for shaping their economies. Two recent decisions, one in Massachusetts and another in Wisconsin, underscore why land use planning matters and how smart policies can protect good jobs and local businesses.
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The results of the National Survey of Independent Business Owners were just released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business. See what 2,602  #smallbiz  owners had to say! http://bit.ly/LBzBVK
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Huffington Post features our new report on Walmart. 
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If you're shopping online today, we hope it's with local independent businesses -- because that's the way we keep our friends and neighbors employed. ‪#‎shopsmall‬ ‪#‎buylocal‬ ‪#‎indiesfirst‬
Independent businesses are poised to draw more people this holiday season.  To illustrate the ways that local businesses are growing in popularity, delivering stronger economic returns, and expanding in numbers, the Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of 14 groups coordinated by ILSR, put together this infographic.
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A recent study has documented, for the first time, how the big-box retailing revolution led by Walmart and other big chains has dramatically increased the amount of energy we’re using to schlep consumer goods across the country and into our homes.  Read all about it! #walmart   #solar   #obama  
The mega-retailer gets just 3 percent of its power from clean sources, and ranks just behind Chevron on the list of biggest climate polluters.
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Since 2000, bank lending to large businesses is up 36 percent, while small business loan volume has fallen 14 percent and  "micro" business loans -- those under $100,000 -- have plummeted 33 percent, according to my latest analysis, summarized on +The Huffington Post 
Studies show locally owned businesses are a primary source of net new job creation. Yet independent businesses in many sectors are losing market share, while the number of new startups has steadily fallen over the last two decades.  Insufficient...
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Join me and +Environmental Action TODAY for a live web response to Walmart's "Sustainability Milestone Meeting." Join in the tweeting, listen to our analysis, talk back!  Time to expose the truth about this company's massive impact on the climate and the planet. 
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Advocates for Independent Business, a new coalition that ILSR is part of, has a great commentary in Business Week on why the House needs to pass internet sales tax fairness. Let's make this the last holiday season in which local retailers are forced to compete with one hand tied behind their backs. Please share!
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Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, where she directs initiatives on independent business and community banking. She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also writes a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin. She lives in Portland, Maine, and has lately joined Twitter.
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Walmart's Climate Record Doesn't Live Up To Promises, Report Finds
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WASHINGTON -– Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has received positive press in recent years for its promises to go green. The company b

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

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

How Chains Like Walmart and Whole Foods Free Ride on Taxpayers at the Ex...
www.alternet.org

New data shows that by leaning on taxpayers, these chains are gaining an unfair financial advantage over more responsible businesses.

After 20 Years, Congress May Finally Pass Internet Sales Tax. Is it Too ...
www.alternet.org

There's no good reason government should be giving consumers a 4 to 10 percent incentive to choose online retailers over local stores.

On Climate, What Walmart Says vs. What It Does
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A closer examination of what Walmart is and isn't doing reveals a company that in fact lags its peers on renewable energy and is contributin

Locally owned businesses can help communities thrive -- and survive clim...
grist.org

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

Is your stuff falling apart? Thank Walmart
www.grist.org

Chairs don’t hold together like they used to. Neither do toys, toasters, vacuum cleaners, or Levi's. Walmart, with its relentless demands th

Why Walmart's Death Grip on Our Food System Is Intensifying Poverty
www.alternet.org

The real effect of Walmart's takeover of our food system has been to intensify the rural and urban poverty that drives unhealthy food choice

Will Wal-Mart replace the supermarket?
www.salon.com

The retailer now owns 25 percent of the grocery market -- and that figure may be climbing

Richard Wilson - Faculty - Kellogg School of Management
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Business School, MBA, Executive Education, Executive Program, Kellogg School of Management, Richard Wilson, Clinical Associate Professor of

Buy Smart, But Shopping Won't Change the World - Forbes
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VideoAfter posting articles about how consumer trends will change the way we eat and recommending seven great gift ideas for your sustainabi

Four ways environmentalists can keep Walmart in the hot seat
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This post concludes the "Walmart's Greenwash" series. To check out the rest of the series, follow the links at right, or start with the intr

Walmart’s greenwash: Why the retail giant is still unsustainable | A Gri...
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Sustainability as growth strategy. by Stacy Mitchell. Walmart's growth has been go-go-go ever since it launched its sustainability initi

5 Reasons Why Voting and Shopping Are Not The Same Thing
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No matter what some green advocates claim, "voting" with the dollars you spend is not possible. Here's why.

Don't Subsidize Big Boxes at Local Shops' Expense - BusinessWeek
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When governments use public money to woo national chains, economic growth and job creation are negligible. Independent retailers also suffer

Shareable: Why Wall Street, Consumerism Won't Fix the Economy
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Thankfully, Congress has walked the U.S. back from the edge of the fiscal cliff with a last-minute, last-ditch bandaid of a bill. Along with

Bangladesh fire shows why we can’t trust Walmart to green its supply chain
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The retailer says its suppliers are going green, but as a recent factory fire revealed, Walmart won't even divulge who its suppliers are.

Why We Can't Counter Corporate Power by Being Better Shoppers
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Choosing independent businesses and local financial institutions is a great idea. But a purely consumer-oriented response won't get us where

How Walmart Is Devouring Our Food System (Infographic)
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Here's a look at how Walmart has dramatically altered the food system -- triggering massive consolidation, driving down prices to farmers, a

6 Small Business Issues at Stake in This Election
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A number of critical small business issues are at stake in next month's federal and state elections. Here are six of the most important.