Verizon Supports Earth Hour in New Jersey, Turning Off Lights at 100 Company Buildings Across the State

As one of New Jersey’s largest employers, Verizon is committed to the environment in the communities it serves and encourages its employees to live green.

NEWARK, N.J. – As one of New Jersey’s largest employers, Verizon is committed to the environment in the communities it serves and encourages its employees to live green.  The company has backed up that commitment through more than $34 million in sustainability and energy management investments in New Jersey, including placing fuel cells and solar panels at its corporate center in Basking Ridge.

To spread additional environmental awareness in New Jersey, 100 Verizon buildings across the state will go dark from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in recognition of Earth Hour. Verizon’s Earth Hour involvement helps World Wildlife Fund promote sustainable living, raise energy efficiency awareness and encourage people around the world to take a stand against climate change.

View an infographic of tips for encouraging Earth Hour participation.

View a video of Verizon’s participation in Earth Hour.

World Wildlife Fund developed Earth Hour, a global program that unites millions of people to show their concern for the environment by turning off their lights for an hour in a collective display of their commitment to create a better future for the planet.

Worldwide, Verizon will turn off lights at nearly 500 Verizon buildings across 37 countries.  In all, Verizon will darken 25 million square feet (more than 2.3 million square meters) of building space around the world – the equivalent of nearly 12 Empire State Buildings.  In addition, thousands of Verizon employees worldwide have pledged to participate in Earth Hour from their homes in 25 countries. 

“Earth Hour is a great way to engage our employees and to generate awareness of sustainability and energy management initiatives in the communities that Verizon serves,” said Paul Sullivan, president of Verizon’s Mid-Atlantic North region. “Something as simple as turning off the lights for just one hour can make a big impact on the environment and help people make better choices about their energy use.”

To honor employees participating in New Jersey, Verizon will plant a tree; or make a contribution to help an endangered animal; or give the participating employee a free energy-saving kit. The choice is theirs. Since joining the Earth Hour movement, Verizon has planted 6,000 trees to honor its employees who have participated in Earth Hour around the world. 

This year, Verizon will help spread global environmental awareness by dimming lights and illuminated signs at Verizon buildings located in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.

View a Verizon Earth Hour map. 

Verizon’s Commitment to the Environment and Sustainability

Verizon has long focused on energy efficiency and instituting sustainable real estate practices. Since 2009, Verizon has invested $160 million in green energy by building on-site fuel cell and solar energy generating systems at 25 of its facilities across the United States. Verizon also uses 26 solar-assisted cell sites in remote areas in the western United States to help power a portion of the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless network serving those areas. 

In 2009, Verizon began certifying Verizon Wireless retail stores in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). LEED certification means that a building is designed, constructed and operated to ensure energy savings, emissions reductions and improved environmental quality. By the end of 2014, 230 of our retail stores had earned LEED certification. In addition, Verizon also seeks ENERGY STAR status certification for all eligible retail stores that meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. By the end of 2014, ENERGY STAR certification had been received for 177 Verizon retail stores. 

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 108 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. A Dow 30 company with more than $127 billion in 2014 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 177,300. For more information, visit


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