Three Million Cars and One Big Vision for Sustainability

By: James Gowen
Cars in traffic

Sometimes in life you need a new perspective to understand yourself even better. After recently celebrating Verizon’s sustainability program’s fifth year, it seemed like the right time to reflect and ask for feedback. Therefore, we tapped Accenture to study the environmental impact of our solutions and services. Their findings were published online today here.

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The Results
CO2 savings from the above solutions are equivalent to the annual greenhouse emissions from approximately three million cars!  While this is a powerful start, we have a lot more in our sights.

Our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report showcases the details on what is coming next from Verizon, including some big goals:

·    More Green Energy: 20 megawatts to be online by year-end 2014.
·    Less Electronic Waste: 2 million pounds to be collected by year-end 2015.
·    Greener Buildings: 225 retail stores will be LEED-certified by 2015.  
·    Increased Recycling: 35 percent device recycling rate by 2015.
·    Supply Chain Collaboration: 55 percent of our spending will be with suppliers who have GHG emission reduction targets by 2015.  

You can read more about our results to date and our goals for the future in the full report here.  

About the author(s): 

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.