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 Virginia and to finding sustainable technology solutions for customers that accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy in the Commonwealth. 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, visitresponsibility.verizon.com.
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Fairfax County Chamber Corporate Citizenship Awards
The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce recently awarded Verizon its Sustainability Award during their 2015 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards. The award is presented "to a Northern Virginia business, school, institution or organization for their environmental leadership and commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices." Verizon's Doug Brammer (Pictured Left) accepted the award, presented by Mr. Mark Moore, Executive Vice President of John Marshall Bank and former Chairman of the Board of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.
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.
5th Annual Recycling Rally
More than 550 green Virginians contributed to this year’s rally, held on September 18th, with a steady line of vehicles throughout the day. The e-haul filled five semi-trailers and one panel truck. Northern Virginians outdid themselves this year, unloading 68,343 pounds of electronic waste. That’s 34 tons of TVs, printers, desktop PCs, VCRs, DVD players and a few eight-track tapes (seriously) that won’t be clogging landfills. [ Learn More ]
Among the 34 tons of recyclables collected during our rally in Ashburn last month were four boxes of cellphones and accessories now destined to support victims and survivors of domestic violence through Verizon's HopeLineprogram.
Anyone can donate no-longer-used phones (from any provider), batteries and accessories to HopeLine; Verizon then uses the proceeds from these donations to provide cash grants to domestic violence organizations across the United States.
Since HopeLine became a national recycling program in 2001, it has collected more than 9 million phones, granted more than $14.2 million in cash to organizations across the country and provided more than 123,000 phones for use by domestic violence victims.
How We're Building a Greener Network
Have you ever wondered how much energy it takes to power the U.S. communication infrastructure? The answer is in the video. More importantly, the answer to how Verizon is working to reduce energy consumption is revealed – in our Carbon Intensity Metric. [ 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
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.