Environmental stewardship is ingrained in Verizon's heritage, and the company prides itself on having a positive influence on the environment. We are committed to minimizing our own environmental impact in Massachusetts and to finding sustainable technology solutions for customers that accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy in the Bay State.
We are leveraging our expertise in energy management technology to foster smart energy practices in communities, businesses and universities. We're also helping to build awareness and inspire good environmental citizenship in our schools and the communities where we live and work.
And we work to reduce our impact by conserving energy, recycling and developing greener products. To learn more, visit responsibility.verizon.com.
Verizon Powerful Answers Awards - Sustainability
On February 3, 2015, three great ideas in sustainability were named Verizon Powerful Answers Award winners. After a year-long global challenge to discover and help bring to market technology-based solutions with the potential to change our world, the three winning projects are:
Eco-fuel Africa ($1 Million Winner) - Eco-fuel Africa is committed to fueling an environmentally and financially sustainable Africa. Eco-fuel Africa, based in Kampala, Uganda, has created "green" charcoal produced from agricultural waste that's 65% cheaper than charcoal from wood and burns clearer and longer than wood-based fuels. The fuel reduces the rate of deforestation, creates sustainable local jobs, saves money and reduces indoor air pollution.
d.light ($250,000 Winner) - Created a model for a mobile-enabled distribution grid that provides energy to those in need by designing, manufacturing and distributing solar light and power products throughout the developing world.
Startup Builds City Bench With Solar Tech, Internet of Things Connectivity
The Soofa, developed by Changing Environments, an MIT Media Lab spin-off and a participant in the Verizon Innovation Program, are solar-powered benches currently being installed throughout the city of Boston. They provide residents with free device charging and location-specific information such as air quality and noise levels. The benches provide an early look at new technology paving the way for future environmental data capture and sharing possibilities. [ Learn More ]
2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Verizon with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy-efficiency achievements. This is the third consecutive year that Verizon has received this honor from the U.S. EPA. [ Learn More ]
Verizon Powerful Answers - Big Belly
Verizon partnered with BigBelly Solar to wirelessly connect its self-compacting trash receptacles to give city crews real-time data, resulting in just-in-time trash collection.
Verizon Device Recycling Program
Watch this video to learn about how our device recycling program offers consumers a way to make Powerful choices that benefit our planet, by trading in your old cell phones, tablets and net books. As an added benefit, you may be eligible for a Verizon Wireless gift card when you recycle your old device! [ Learn More ]
Leveraging Wireless Technology to Bring Recycling Into the 21st Century
BigBelly Solar, a Massachusetts-based company that pioneered the use of technology to make waste management easier, has deployed thousands of 21st century trash compactors in cities across the country. Incorporating sensors and working on a wireless network, BigBelly is able to off municipalities and corporations a solution that allows them to save time and money when scheduling pick-ups and disposals and coordinating their staffs. [ Learn More ]
Energy Star-Friendly Store Design
Verizon Launches Green Energy Project
We have set a goal of earning Energy Star certification for 100 percent of eligible Verizon Wireless retail stores at least once. Retail stores built to our new Evolution 2.0 design standards are precertified to meet EnergyStar guidelines.
Verizon will invest $100 million in a solar and fuel-cell energy project that will help power 19 of its facilities in seven states across the country. [ Learn More ]
Our Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fleet
To make recycling electronics a little easier, Verizon kicked-off a series of 13 recycling rallies in communities across the country in 2012. Verizon held 10 recycling rallies last year, and were collected more than 425,000 pounds of e-waste, all of which was kept out of landfills.
Sustainability Officer James Gowen on the latest additions to our Green Fleet initiative.
The Network Effect
Help spread the word so that eco-friendly actions become second nature at work and at home.