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 employees recycling in the rain - June 2014

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.



Powerful Answers Awards - EducationPowerful Answers Awards

On Jan. 8, 2014, Verizon announced the five Powerful Answers Award winners in the sustainability category. The winners feature solutions that will help in the United States as well as in the developing world. They range from a disaster relief and assistance portal, to solutions that make investment in solar and sustainable energy easier, to collaborative consumption in the taxi/transportation industry. Other winners focus on better pest control and management and helping companies manage their waste disposal more effectively and efficiently. [ Learn More ]



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 ]


Volunteers come together to plant 27 trees at Newark, New Jersey High School

Volunteers come together to plant 27 trees at Newark High School

Verizon joined forces with the NFL and NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee to bring more than 27,000 trees and shrubs to our area. On Saturday October 12th, volunteers came together at Weequahic High School in Newark to plant 27 trees as part of an overall effort to give back to the community. [ Learn More ]



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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 ]



Mosaic - Powerful Answers

The winner of the Powerful Answers Awards top prize in the sustainability category, Mosaic is the first online platform for individuals to invest in clean energy projects. After lending more than $4 million to solar projects across the United States, Mosaic plans to take its model to a global level and offer crowd-funded investment to the developing world. These plans are possible because of SMS and mobile banking technology. Mosaic’s international lending program, with an accompanying mobile app, will help finance the transition from kerosene lamps, diesel generators and unsustainably harvested wood directly to clean, renewable power. [ 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.

[ Read the press release ]

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.

[ Learn More ]


Recycling Rallies

Planting Trees - Verizon and the NFL


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.