Bell Atlantic Awards Steven Putman Environmental Excellence Award for White Marsh Wildlife Habitat Project in Bowie, Md.

Bell Atlantic Awards Steven Putman Environmental Excellence
Award for White Marsh Wildlife Habitat Project in Bowie, Md.

Putman, Other Winners to be Honored at Earth Week Celebration

April 16, 1999


Sharon Beadle,

NEW YORK -- Steven C. Putman's efforts to clean up and protect the
White Marsh Wildlife Habitat have dramatically improved the
environment of the 545-acre wetlands in Bowie, Md.

Next week, Putman will receive the fourth annual John S. Balaguer
Environmental Excellence Award from his employer, Bell Atlantic.

Putman, corporate account manager--Federal Systems, from Bryantown,
Md., will be honored in the community activities category for establishing
and operating a voluntary environmental clean-up and wildlife project for
a 545-acre tract of the wetlands. The project, known as the White Marsh
Wildlife Habitat Project, has reduced trash in the estuary by 90 percent
and unlawful poaching of wildlife by 95 percent in only a year and a half.

The award, which honors significant environmental achievements of Bell
Atlantic suppliers and employees, will be presented at 10 a.m., April 21, at
an Earth Week celebration at

Bell Atlantic's headquarters, 1095 Avenue of the Americas. (Media
representatives are welcome.)

Putman proposed and secured an agreement in September 1997 with the
estuary's landowners, the Corporation of the Catholic Clergyman of
Maryland, to manage the environmental restoration of the land. The goals
of the project are to prevent, reduce and recover the trash that flows
through the estuary before it lands in the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, the
project aims at protecting and increasing the wildlife in the area.

"I'd like to extend my thanks and congratulations to Steve, who has
stepped up to the challenge that this award represents," said Bell Atlantic
Chairman and CEO Ivan G. Seidenberg. "The community we serve is
greatly improved as a result of his motivation and commitment to
bettering our environment."

So far, more than 700 feet of fencing was restored or installed, more than
20 nesting structures were built for ducks, more than 60 bags of trash were
removed, a half-acre of sunflower seed and winter wheat were planted,
and four wildlife officers routinely patrol the property. This project is
planned to continue under Putman's direction until October 2002.

In addition to Putman's award for community activities, Bell Atlantic
selected a team of its Brooklyn and Staten Island employees to receive the
award for adapting a cooling system to use and reuse anti-freeze in
company equipment instead of millions of gallons of water each year.

The company also named NEC Eluminant Technologies, Inc., of Herndon,
Va., to receive the supplier category award for a product that allows Bell
Atlantic to meet increased customer demand for telephone service without
having to clear land to build additional equipment.
Editors note: Reporters interested in attending the awards celebration
should call Sharon Beadle at 212-395-1802. Photographs of the
winners will be available after the event.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines
and 8.6 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies
are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market
leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory
information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest
investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations
and investments in 23 countries.