Bell Atlantic Awards Westvaco Envelope Division Environmental Excellence Award

Bell Atlantic Awards Westvaco Envelope Division Environmental Excellence Award
Winners Will Be Honored at Earth Week Celebration
April 22, 1998

Media contact:Sharon Beadle, Bell Atlantic
William P. Fuller III, Westvaco

NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic has named Westvaco Envelope Division, of Springfield, Mass., to receive the third annual John S. Balaguer Environmental Excellence Award, for its role in the development of envelopes made from old telephone directories (OTD).

The award, which recognizes significant environmental achievements of Bell Atlantic suppliers and employees, will be presented at 9 a.m., April 24, at an Earth Week breakfast at Bell Atlantic's headquarters, 1095 Avenue of the Americas.

For nearly three years, Westvaco worked closely with a paper manufacturer to test and retest many paper samples. The company now uses the recycled paper made from old phone books to produce bill payment envelopes for Bell Atlantic as well as other companies.

"Bell Atlantic is proud to do business with Westvaco, a supplier that provides a good value and makes the environment a priority," said Bell Atlantic Vice Chairman Ivan Seidenberg. "This award gives Bell Atlantic a unique opportunity to acknowledge a supplier whose environmental efforts benefit us all."

Each ton of recycled telephone books saves three cubic yards of landfill space. In 1997, Westvaco provided Bell Atlantic with 174 million envelopes made from 100 percent recycled paper, including at least 50 percent from old telephone directories. As a result, 575 tons of waste was reused instead of filling up landfills.

"Helping our customers meet their environmental priorities is part of our emphasis on innovative products and services," said Richard J. Smith, Westvaco, vice president and envelope division manager. "Bell Atlantic has been a valued customer for more than 30 years. We know Bell Atlantic has a strong commitment to the environment, and we are pleased to help support the company's recycling efforts."

Bell Atlantic named the Directory Distribution Center team, based in Martinsburg, W.V., as the employee group winner. The team was chosen for its innovative recycling of white and yellow pages directories and the associated packaging materials.

The John S. Balaguer Environmental Excellence Award is named in honor of the first director of Environmental Issues at the former NYNEX Information Resources Co. and a pioneer in recycling directories. Balaguer is nationally credited with recognizing early on that environmental leadership is a corporate responsibility. This award recognizes significant environmental achievement consistent with Bell Atlantic's corporate environmental policy.

A team of Bell Atlantic employees, including representatives of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); two environmental professionals; and last year's winner-3-M Telecom Systems Division-chose the winners from more than 30 nominations.

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 - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX - is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With 40.5 million telephone access lines and six 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 21 countries.

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