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 New Jersey and to finding sustainable technology solutions for customers that accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy in the Garden 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.
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.
Recycling in the Rain
In recognition of World Environment Day (June 4th), Verizon employees and community partners braved the rain at our Basking Ridge HQ to collect electronic waste for recycling. Since 2010, Verizon has collected more than 1.5 million pounds of electronic waste. To learn more about Verizon's sustainability efforts visit http://responsibility.verizon.com/sustainability.
Verizon Wireless Store In Toms River New Jersey Wins Energy Star Award
The Verizon Wireless store on Hooper Ave in Toms River, New Jersey is the proud winner of the EPA's National Building Competition. To celebrate, Verizon's Cheif Sustainability Officer, James Gowen joined The Mayor of Toms River, Thoms F. Kelaher and Energy Star's regional coordinator, Juan Gutierrez to award the store owners and to also celebrate sustainability by handing out fresh young tree saplings to visitors who stopped by the store. [ Learn More ]
Small Business Sustainability Summit
More than 200 small business owners and community leaders from across northern New Jersey gathered on September 18th at Saint Peter’s University’s Mac Mahon Student Center for a Sustainability and Small Business Summit, featuring a series of panel discussions with industry experts to educate small-business owners on how to make sustainability a part of their business strategy, reducing costs and increasing profits. [ 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 ]
2013 NJ Green Information Communication Technologies Summit
Verizon Launches Green Energy Project
The 2013 NJ Green Information Communication Technologies Summit was assembled by Alcatel-Lucent, Verizon, and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and was hosted by Bell Labs. The audience was comprised of state business leaders who have made it their job to find and implement green business solutions. The event's goal was to unite a community of experts across industry to exchange ideas and solutions for a greener and more energy-efficient tomorrow.
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. When completed next year, the project will enable Verizon to annually generate more than 70 million kilowatt hours of its own green energy -- enough to power more than 6,000 single-family homes a year -- while eliminating more than 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide -- enough to offset the annual CO2 emissions from more than 1 million gallons of gas.
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.
In partnership with the NFL, Verizon has planted trees in New Jersey's Weequahic Park in Newark, and New York's Randall's Island State Park. Work Green, Live Green!
The Network Effect
Our Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fleet
Help spread the word so that eco-friendly actions become second nature at work and at home.
Sustainability Officer James Gowen on the latest additions to our Green Fleet initiative.
Energy Star-Friendly Store Design
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.