Accelerating the Transition to a Sustainable World

 

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 Pennsylvania and to finding sustainable technology solutions for customers that accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy in the Keystone 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.
 

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 ]

  • Mosaic - $1 million – an online platform for individuals to invest in clean energy projects.

  • Good360 - $850,000 – an e-commerce and crowd-funding technology that assists nonprofits working in disaster areas with submitting product needs and enables donors to fulfill these critical needs.

  • Bandwagon - $700,000 – a real-time taxi-sharing software and mobile app.

  • Smartster/BigBelly Solar $500,000 – a sensor technology for monitoring waste management that uses wireless connectivity to remotely monitor dumpster fullness and collection activity.

  • Semios   - $285,000 – an automated pest management system that integrates pheromone dispensers with camera-enabled pest traps, all connected wirelessly across fields and centrally managed from any online device.  

 

 
 
 

Video Gallery

 
 

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 ]

 

 

Energy Star-Friendly Store Design

The Network Effect

 
   
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. Help spread the word so that eco-friendly actions become second nature at work and at home.
   

Recycling Rallies

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.