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Environmentalists Explain Why UCSD, Wal-Mart are Leaders in Sustainability

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Aired 4/19/09

Maureen Cavanaugh: What does low-price retailer Wal-Mart have in common with academic powerhouse UC San Diego? Well, surprisingly both institutions are leaders in the effort toward sustaining the earth's resources and environment.

The movement in recent years by Wal-Mart to make its stores and its stores' products environmentally-friendly is described by some as the democratization of sustainability. And, that's also the goal of the sustainability project underway at UC San Diego. The project creates new construction, new water usage and renewable energy sources on campus. Both examples are part of a larger effort to get green living off the drawing board and into everyday life.

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