With the entire country as its laboratory, Wal-Mart Stores has been conducting step-by-step experiments to create the ultimate “green store.” The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., began its foray into retail environmentalism in July 2005 with its first experimental store, a 206,000-square-foot supercenter in McKinney, Texas. The store featured around 50 green initiatives, ranging from wind turbines and solar panels to radiant floor heating and a biofuel boiler. Later ...

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