BENTONVILLE, Ark. --
Wal-Mart Stores here last week announced the expansion of its voluntary “Personal Sustainability Projects," created by employees and aimed at improving their health and the health of the environment. Throughout 2007, Wal-Mart‘s 1.3 million U.S. associates will learn about PSPs and have the opportunity to adopt personal sustainability goals. Wal-Mart also plans to eventually expand the program into its international stores. “Sustainability has become part of the Wal-Mart culture, and PSPs are one way for associates to become involved - in their stores, their communities and their daily lives,” said Linda Dillman, executive vice president of risk management, benefits and sustainability, in a statement. “PSPs are being created by and for associates to help make choices that can have a real impact on their personal health and happiness and on their families, neighbors, communities and the environment. We‘re excited about what we‘ve seen and learned so far and about what can happen as this project grows.” PSPs have so far included making healthier food choices, exercising, volunteering in communities and using environmentally friendly products.