26 March 2010

Verizon to shut off nonessential lighting for Earth Hour 2010

Telecommunications giant Verizon will do its part in supporting Earth Hour this Saturday by turning off all nonessential lighting at more than 450 facilities. The company expects to conserve over 40,000 kilowatt hours of electricity from its participation.

"Our ultra-fast broadband and wireless networks are playing increasingly important roles in helping our residential and business customers cut their carbon footprints, and we're equally committed to reducing our own," said chief sustainability officer, James Gowen."That's why we're asking our employees and our customers to join us not just for Earth Hour but throughout the year to find ways to reduce energy and recycle at work and at home."

Verizon has made an effort to become a more eco-friendly corporation year round. The company has implemented the following initiatives to conserve energy and waste:

• Verizon was the first telecommunications company to require that the network equipment it purchases be 20 percent more energy efficient.
• Employees have reduced engine idling, which has cut fuel consumption by more than 2 million gallons (equivalent to taking some 3,400 cars off the road for a year).
• Electronically delivering approximately 100 million bills to customers.

It’s doubtful you need the reminder but Earth Hour is this Saturday, March 27, 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time.

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