YOU Can Help: Earth Hour 2014

By: James Gowen
Verizon supports Earth Hour

This year on March 29, you can be part of a worldwide project called Earth Hour, organized by the WWF. On this day at 8:30 p.m. local time, thousands of people, businesses and cities will shut off their lights for one hour. 

Verizon employees who sign up to participate from home will be given a choice of several endangered animals to vote for. For every 100 votes, Verizon will “adopt” one of those animals through the WWF.

WWF Animals

This the fifth year Verizon is having widespread employee participation in Earth Hour. Last year, Verizon had more than 13,000 employees pledge to participate at their own residences by turning off their lights for an hour. 

60 Minutes of Quality Time

Let’s all take this hour to spend some quality time with our loved ones and friends. We can think and talk about what we are doing to be responsible residents of the planet we live on. How can we do more to help our environment? Forget that TV show, leave the laundry – let’s all use this hour to evaluate our lifestyle and try and make some changes for the better.

Mark your calendars to turn off your lights for an hour this year on March 29. And don’t forget to pledge your participation here.

Times Square Earth Hour
Times Square in NYC turns off the lights for Earth Hour (dailymail.co.uk)


James "Jim" Gowen is a change agent. Since taking on the complementary roles of vice president of Supply Chain Operations and chief sustainability officer for Verizon in 2009, he has enlisted more than 10,000 employees in 23 countries to help reduce the company’s environmental footprint.

Gowen oversees “green” initiatives across Verizon including the introduction of a carbon intensity metric, fuel and energy reduction, employee and supplier engagement, paper suppression, waste reduction and recycling. In his supply chain role, Gowen leads centralized operations with responsibility for more than $2.5 billion in annual through-put.

Gowen earned his master's degree in business administration from Long Island University and his bachelor's degree from Manhattanville College. He is located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.