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Highest Ranked Traffic Cities and Green Cures

by Employee ‎03-01-2013 10:52 PM - edited ‎03-01-2013 10:53 PM

mobility-report-2012-cover-detail-133x.jpgBlogger James Gowen discusses the recently released ranking of the top five traffic congested areas in the United States and examines one humble but powerful alternative: Telecommuting.



Teaching Teachers Technology

by Employee ‎02-15-2013 08:57 PM - edited ‎02-15-2013 09:16 PM

Teach for America trainingTeach For America director Aisha Gayle blogs about a Verizon-sponsored teacher training session held Wednesday in New York City that shared new approaches for using technology in the classroom.


The training session was conducted in partnership with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).



Join In to End Domestic Violence

by Employee ‎02-14-2013 03:21 PM - edited ‎02-14-2013 03:20 PM

dv-summit-133x375.jpgNext Thursday, hundreds of domestic violence prevention advocates will gather for a Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal. The live-streamed event held Feb. 21, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST, hopes to spur a national conversation about domestic violence and uncover new solutions to this critical issue. You can participate by submitting questions to expert panelists and moderators, including Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical examiner of ABC News; CBS sportscaster James Brown; and CNN anchor Christi Paul.



Join Us on Twitter for #EdTechChat and Celebrate Digital Learning Day

by Employee ‎02-05-2013 08:21 PM - edited ‎02-05-2013 08:25 PM

Digital Learning Day CountdownJust one day to go until our Twitter Chat marking National Digital Learning Day, which celebrates educators and highlights their effective use of technology in classrooms. Join us via Twitter hashtag #EdTechChat from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Educators and learning advocates from across the country will be discussing new and innovative ways to use digital technology in schools.



Help Build a Digital Learning Movement

by Employee ‎01-31-2013 10:54 PM - edited ‎02-01-2013 06:18 PM

Digital Learning Day homepage bannerEducators will celebrate successful instructional practices and the effective use of technology in classrooms on the 2nd annual Digital Learning Day, Feb. 6. Justina Nixon-Saintil previews the event and outlines Verizon's role in providing tech-based resources to support digital learning and teaching.




Sharing the Legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation

by Employee ‎01-29-2013 09:52 PM - edited ‎01-29-2013 09:52 PM

Emancipation Proclaimation bannerVerizon's Kathy Brown writes about the significance of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln. The Verizon Foundation is featuring the resources of the National Archives on Verizon’s website.



Join the #YourVoiceCounts Twitter Chat, Jan. 31st

by Employee ‎01-28-2013 05:15 PM - edited ‎01-28-2013 06:40 PM

Image and Link to full blog postWe all have a role to play in preventing violence. The Verizon Foundation and CBS Sportscaster James Brown are helping to get the conversation going during a special #YourVoiceCounts Twitter Chat during the week before the Super Bowl on Thursday, January 31 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET. Talking about domestic violence prevention is one of the first steps to ending it.



The Sustainability Thought Leaders of Tomorrow, Here Today

by Employee ‎01-24-2013 12:05 PM - edited ‎01-24-2013 12:31 PM

edf-climate-corps-133x250.jpgVerizon will host a student intern from the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps fellowship program. The Climate Corps Fellow will research our energy use patterns and help plan energy saving strategies. EDF stats show that on average, each company assisted by the EDF Climate Corps has found $1 million in energy savings.  This is the third consecutive year Verizon has participated in the program, and we look forward to collaborating with these bright sustainability innovators.



Powerful Answers in Health Care

by Employee ‎01-10-2013 04:51 PM - edited ‎01-14-2013 06:20 PM

CES 2013 keynote graphicWhen it comes to tackling society’s biggest challenges, health care is at the top of the list. In his keynote at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, Lowell McAdam discussed applying Verizon's networks in a powerful new way: to help solve big social challenges and change lives for the better.




EP page 5.jpgIn just a few hours at the stroke of midnight, it will be 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.  I will be among many others, honored to participate in the National Archives’ Watch Night to celebrate this monumental anniversary.


The Emancipation Proclamation, this "new birth of freedom", that has been so carefully and lovingly preserved, holds within it, the prayers, the struggle, the courage and the perseverance of our countrymen and women to be recognized as free people. In the words of Frederick Douglass, it was "the first step on the part of the nation in its departure from the thralldom of the ages."  Many years ago, on this night, we rang the bells to both rejoice in that first step and to remind ourselves, as President Lincoln would say 11 months later, "it is for be here rededicated."


The original Emancipation Proclamation document is rarely on display so I encourage anyone in or near Washington D.C. to be in the presence of history and see it on display at the National Archives through January 1, 2013.


Guest post by A’Lelia Bundles, Chair and President, Foundation for the National Archives.


On January 1, 1863, as the nation entered its third year of civil war, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”


It’s true that the Emancipation Proclamation was limited and its effects were gradual. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states. It exempted many parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Union control. Most importantly, the freedom it promised depended on the Union winning the war.


Archives of the US - small.jpgIn just a few days there will be a rare three-day viewing in the National Archives’ magnificent Rotunda of the original document of the Emancipation Proclamation.


The Foundation for the National Archives is honored to be a part of this celebration.


As the private sector partner of the National Archives, we at the Foundation for the National Archives thank the Verizon Foundation for its generous support of this important celebration and for helping us promote the work of the National Archives and the role it plays in preserving the vital records of the U.S. government. The support from the Verizon Foundation enables us to fulfill our mission of educating, enriching, and inspiring our fellow citizens with the documents of American democracy.


Resolve to be Ready this Holiday Season

by Employee ‎12-17-2012 02:12 PM - edited ‎12-17-2012 02:13 PM

Resolve to Be Ready bannerThis holiday season, Verizon is collaborating with FEMA on Resolve to be Ready, a public safety campaign designed to bring awareness to the tremendous resources that your smartphone can provide before, during and after an emergency or disaster.



Verizon's Commitment to Empower Women and End Domestic Abuse

by Employee ‎12-12-2012 11:22 AM - edited ‎12-14-2012 04:35 PM

Rose Kirk Video Address to the South Asia Womens Entrepreneurship SymposiumVerizon Foundation President Rose Kirk spoke on Verizon's commitment to empower women and help them escape abusive relationships. The video address was delivered yesterday at the U.S. State Department’s South Asia Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


The symposium convened more than 100 women entrepreneurs, private sector leaders and government officials from across South and Central Asia to discuss women's empowerment and the linkage to gender-based violence.



Can ICT Solutions Sustainably Grow the World’s Economies?

by Employee ‎12-06-2012 03:29 AM - edited ‎12-06-2012 04:13 AM

GeSI SMARTer 2020A new study concludes that broad use new high-tech solutions can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5 percent by 2020 and help grow the world’s economies. The new GeSI SMARTer2020 report says that the broad use of smart grids, buildings and transport systems enhanced by information communications technology could yield $1.9 trillion in savings for consumers and businesses and create 29.5 million jobs globally.



Join Us for a #YourVoiceCounts Twitter Chat

by Employee ‎11-13-2012 06:06 PM - edited ‎11-13-2012 08:37 PM

Twitter Chat graphic: Nov. 15 at 3pm, #YourVoiceCountsGuest blogger Susan Sullivan announces a Twitter Chat on November 15 at 3:00 pm ET on the Foundation's "Your Voice Counts" campaign to help break the silence around domestic violence by equipping bystanders — especially men — with tools to begin speaking up.


Log on to Twitter ( and search for the hashtag #YourVoiceCounts to follow the conversation. Add the hashtag to your own tweets to join the discussion.




Honoring Service and Sacrifice: Verizon's Support for Veterans and the Military

by Employee ‎11-12-2012 07:52 PM - edited ‎11-12-2012 07:54 PM

Keam-and-General-Dempsey-133x266.jpgVerizon's Mark Keam writes about how his family survived the Korean War and emigrated to the U.S. thanks to the efforts of our Armed Forces, and how Verizon makes serving our veterans a top priority.



Join Our Dollar-for-Dollar Donation Drive for Hurricane Sandy Relief

by Employee ‎11-06-2012 01:49 PM - edited ‎11-06-2012 01:56 PM

Red Cross food truckVerizon Foundation President Rose Stuckey Kirk blogs on our $ 1 million matching donation drive to fund American Red Cross relief work for people suffering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.


You can help by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.



red_cross_133x276.jpgVerizon will match customer text-to-donate contributions to American Red Cross relief efforts up to one million dollars. Earlier, Verizon Wireless announced it would waive text message fees for four text-to-donate campaigns, and match employee disaster-relief contributions 2:1.



Measuring the Success of Shared Value

by Employee ‎10-31-2012 05:07 PM - edited ‎10-31-2012 05:15 PM

Innovation-Engine-133px.pngKathy Brown blogs on Verizon's approach to the creation of shared value and the challenge of creating solid measurements that encompass the full value of our products shared with the larger community.



HMAP-logo-133px.jpgGuest blogger Samantha Yakal-Kremski took part in the Healthy Masculinity Summit that kicked off the Healthy Masculinity Action Project, a two-year, grassroots initiative that aims to educate men and boys about non-violent masculinity and teach them how to take the message to neighborhoods across the country.



Fostering Social Responsibility Among the Next Generation of Business Leaders

by Employee ‎10-15-2012 06:08 PM - edited ‎10-15-2012 06:11 PM

rose-kirk-umd-133x309.jpgOur own Rose Stuckey Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation, spoke to students and faculty at the University of Maryland’s Center for Social Value Creation recently about how Verizon is aligning its business strategy with the needs of society.


Blogger Tracey Webb does a terrific job covering Kirk’s talk to business school students and faculty on her blog BlackGivesBack, discussing in detail the Verizon Foundation’s emphasis on projects that leverage the use of technology to address social issues.



Got E-Waste? Throw it on this Million Pound Pile.

by Employee ‎10-11-2012 04:51 PM - edited ‎10-11-2012 08:49 PM

1 million pounds of e-waste collectedAt a Verizon Recycling Rally today West Chester, Pennsylvania, we surpassed our goal of collecting 1 million pounds of e-waste -- and we're aiming to collecting another million pounds by 2015.



A Commitment to Energy Efficiency at Verizon Wireless Retail Stores

by Employee ‎10-04-2012 06:31 AM - edited ‎10-04-2012 06:41 AM

Energy Star 20th Anniversary On the 20th anniversary year of the EPA's Energy Star program, Verizon's Chief Sustainability Officer James Gowen blogs on our commitment to Energy Star and our new goal of earning Energy Star certification for 100 percent of eligible Verizon Wireless retail stores at least once.



Smart Grid Data: Tool for Efficiency or Privacy Issue?

by Employee ‎10-04-2012 06:11 AM - edited ‎10-04-2012 06:15 AM

Truste-FPF-exterior.jpgGuest blogger Larry Plumb writes about a first-of-its-kind smart-grid privacy seal program from TRUSTe and the Future of Privacy Forum for companies using consumer energy information. It is an example of a successful industry effort to develop voluntary, enforceable codes to protect privacy while enabling innovation in an emerging sector of online commerce.



On-the-Go Info on Preparing for Disasters

by Employee ‎09-21-2012 04:52 PM - edited ‎09-21-2012 04:52 PM

NPM Toolkit artAs part of our work to support National Preparedness Month, we’ve collaborated with FEMA and the Industry Council on Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) to develop the National Preparedness Month Digital Toolkit 2.0. It's designed to help you get critical information via mobile devices before, during and after a disaster.



"A Platform for Good" Debuts to Encourage the Positive Use of the Web

by Employee ‎09-12-2012 12:07 PM - edited ‎09-12-2012 12:20 PM

blog-platform-for-good-128x312.jpgStephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, blogs about the launch of “A Platform for Good,” a unique interactive website designed to help change the national dialogue about kids and technology, and to promote conversations between teens, their parents and teachers about using the power of the Internet and social media for good.



Kickstarting a New Era of Economic Growth through Clusters of Innovation

by Employee ‎09-11-2012 08:17 PM - edited ‎09-11-2012 08:40 PM

Forum on American CompetitionCharlotte, North Carolina is a fascinating example of what can be done with the right combination of business brawn and academic brains, collaborating and innovating for the good of society. Regional clusters of these innovative, collaborative companies can create the kind of shared social value that can help kick-start the American economy. And Verizon has a role to play in this bold reinvention.



Wireless Trade-In Program Keeps1 Million Outdated Phones Out of Landfills

by Employee ‎09-05-2012 01:44 AM - edited ‎09-05-2012 01:45 AM

Verizon Wireless Trade-In ProgramThe Verizon Wireless Trade-In Program has collected more than 1 million phones in less than a year, keeping the equivalent of 140 tons of e-waste out of landfills and 436 tons of carbon dioxide out of the environment. To mark the occasion, Verizon will sponsor the planting of 1,000 trees in Northern California’s Klamath National Forest.



One Man's Trash – Another’s Treasure: Recycling Rallies by the Numbers

by Employee ‎08-17-2012 07:04 PM - edited ‎08-17-2012 07:05 PM

news-recycling-rallies-175x377.jpgFrom TVs to toasters, employees and community members found a home for hard-to-recycle items, at our latest Recycling Rally Days in Ashburn, Va., and Basking Ridge, N.J.


So far this year, and our total recycling efforts have collected more than 310,000 lbs. of material -- the equivalent of 25 charter buses kept out of landfills. And we're on our way to collect more than 1 million lbs. this year.



Help for Parents: ESRB Ratings Debut on Verizon's Apps Store

by Employee ‎08-14-2012 04:20 PM - edited ‎08-14-2012 06:01 PM

ESRB_ratings_133x286.jpgThe introduction of ESRB ratings to the Verizon Apps store is the fruit of a broad industry coalition and represents the latest in a long line of innovations that help families manage the content they get online.



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The Responsibility Blog — Learn how Verizon is using communications technology to connect people to the larger resources of the community—education, health care, accessibility and safety—in ways that make lives better. Visit the Verizon Communications Corporate Responsibility Report. We hope you will share your views with us.

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About the Authors

Rose Kirk

V.P. of Global Corporate Citizenship and President of the Verizon Foundation

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Rose leads Verizon's global corporate responsibility initiatives and philanthropic strategy, which focuses on applying Verizon's technology to improve education, healthcare and energy management.

James Gowen

Chief Sustainability Officer/
V.P. of Services Operations

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James oversees Verizon’s supply chain, vehicle fleet, investment recovery, purchasing and materials management and sustainability initiatives.

Jack McArtney

Director of Corporate and Community Responsibility

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Jack promotes digital wellness and online safety. He works with parents, educators, service providers, application developers and industry leaders to foster responsible use of Verizon's mobile and broadband networks.

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