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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.



Technology Training for Teachers Makes a Big Difference

by Employee ‎08-10-2012 04:33 PM - edited ‎08-10-2012 05:09 PM

ISTE Training Session in Carroll Middle SchoolIn 12 schools around the country, a new Verizon Foundation partnership is giving teachers advanced skills on tablet computers and netbooks to better engage their students. Verizon's Justina Nixon-Saintil was there at one Maryland middle school to see how a little technology training can make a big difference.



Our Newest Green Phone

by Employee ‎08-08-2012 07:18 PM - edited ‎08-08-2012 07:42 PM

Intensity III image and link to full postOur newest “eco-phone,” the Samsung Intensity III, features a shell made of 80% recycled plastics, an energy efficient charger, and comes with an eco-calculator app. If you’re looking to minimize every aspect of your carbon footprint, this may be the phone for you.



Harnessing Technology to Help Victims of Abuse

by Employee ‎08-03-2012 07:52 PM - edited ‎08-03-2012 09:32 PM

NNEDV Safety Net conferenceOn Monday I spoke at a conference for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Their Safety Net “Training of Trainers” event marks its 10th year, so I was happy to join the celebration – and I brought a robot to help.


Safety Net does great work providing education on technology abuse and online safety, particularly to people who help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.



Technology in the Smallest Hands Makes a Big Difference

by Employee ‎07-25-2012 06:36 PM - edited ‎07-25-2012 06:45 PM

Young Readers and Early Adopters pilot porgramAn innovative education pilot program in Georgia celebrated a successful launch last week. Funded in part by a  $250,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, Young Readers & Early Adopters aims to improve reading and comprehension for K-2nd grade students in low-income Latino communities and incorporate technology into classroom instruction. When the first batch of kids in the pilot program graduated, Verizon's Julie Smith was on hand to meet these students and was struck by how technology in the smallest hands made a big difference.



Green Zombies?

by Employee ‎07-20-2012 05:12 PM - edited ‎07-20-2012 05:21 PM

zombies133x238.jpgAn interesting take on a study of the energy-saving possibilities of household broadband use asks the question: "Will we all become dehumanized zombies?"



Family Online Activities for Summer and Beyond

by Employee ‎07-16-2012 07:52 PM - edited ‎07-16-2012 08:24 PM

summertips133x316.jpgNow that Internet Safety Month is past, I wanted to share a list of 75 fun family activities that encourages the innovative use of technology, enhances summer learning and helps families connect. We've also collected our Internet Safety links and resources for your use. Feel free to share these with your friends and family.



Game On for Summer Learning

by Employee ‎07-10-2012 08:45 PM - edited ‎07-10-2012 09:44 PM

summergames133x280.jpgSummer is in full swing, so how can parents keep kids active and learning? Verizon Thinkfinity has a collection of free educational online games from Verizon’s educational partners that will make learning fun. From preschoolers to high schoolers, there’s something for everyone.



Help Seniors Use the Internet Safely

by Employee ‎07-05-2012 06:56 PM - edited ‎07-05-2012 06:57 PM

lindsey133x260.jpgOur summer intern Lindsey Rayford attended our Internet Safety Month webinar “Help Seniors Use the Internet Safely” and blogs about how it might help a senior in your life get online. A Live Meeting replay of the webinar is available until Aug. 27.



Verizon Committed to our Nation’s Veterans

by Employee ‎07-05-2012 01:11 PM - edited ‎07-05-2012 01:16 PM

banner_transitioningmilitary133x.jpgAs an employer of more than 12,000 veterans of the armed forces, we realize both the benefits of employing our nation’s heroes and the importance of supporting them when they are called to serve.


We actively recruit military personnel transitioning to the civilian workforce and our Emergency Military Leave benefits are second to none. We do this not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it makes smart business sense. Veterans have superb leadership skills and great adaptability.




Running to a Crisis in the Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona Wildfires

by Employee ‎06-29-2012 05:49 PM - edited ‎06-29-2012 05:57 PM

vzw_recovery133x217.jpgVerizon Wireless' Jackie Moran gives us an update on how our Crisis Response Teams have worked to strengthen our wireless network capacity in areas devastated by wildfires in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Our teams remain in near-constant contact with local authorities so that our network will help firefighters, the U.S. Forest Service, and residents affected by the string of fires throughout the region.



biden133x210.jpgVerizon’s longstanding support for domestic violence prevention efforts earned an invitation to the White House unveiling of a public service announcement on teen dating violence. Verizon Wireless’ Elva Lima shares her thoughts on the event and our commitment to using our technology to address important social issues.



Verizon and ISTE Team Up to Support STEM Education

by Employee ‎06-26-2012 09:25 PM - edited ‎06-26-2012 09:33 PM

ISTE2012_133X263.jpgThere is a lot of buzz in San Diego about the Verizon Foundation working with the International Society for Technology in Education to provide educators at 12 underserved schools with year-long professional development that will prepare them to use mobile technologies to support digital-age learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Guest blogger Yolanda Ramos explains.



GESI logo 133x361.jpgIncreased use of simple and convenient online activities like teleworking and online shopping can reduce carbon emissions by millions of metric tons and deliver significant energy savings, according to a new report by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.


The study looks at eight consumer activities enabled by the development of broadband technology.



US Ignite: Using Ultrafast Networks to Catalyze Social Innovation

by Employee ‎06-15-2012 09:10 PM - edited ‎06-21-2012 02:16 PM

us_ignite133x290.jpgI often talk about the promise of ultrafast, ubiquitous broadband connections. What kind of innovation might it unleash? How can it be applied to benefit society? Now Verizon’s poised to take part in a bold new experiment to find out.


The US Ignite Partnership, a public-private initiative launched just this week, will showcase how next-generation applications built to operate on ultrafast networks can transform what is possible for American science institutions, businesses, and families.



nneka_ezenwa133x236.jpgToday’s guest blogger is Nneka Ezenwa, a Verizon employee and mother of two young girls. She attended our free Internet Safety Month webinar, “How to Keep Your Children Safe on the Internet.”

I’m doing what I can to teach my children (ages 9 and 5) how to stay safe on the Internet.  However there are so many ways kids can get online now that it’s hard to keep up with them all. But as the African saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child.



Verizon Supports New Digital Citizenship Platform for Parents and Kids

by Employee ‎06-06-2012 07:38 PM - edited ‎06-06-2012 07:40 PM

onlinesafety133x270.jpgIn support of Internet Safety Month, I wanted to share a video compiled by the Family Online Safety Institute that presents facts and stats about the global state of digital safety. Many of these stats suggest that parents feel comfortable setting rules and boundaries around technology. But they also suggest that young people may not be as unaware or immune to using technology responsibly as some believe.




Take a Stand

by Employee ‎06-05-2012 03:02 PM - edited ‎06-05-2012 03:05 PM

rose_kirk133x175.jpgIt’s not easy to stand up and do something; it’s even tougher to take action.  However, action is needed to make change and that’s what was discussed at a panel the 2012 CECP Corporate Philanthropy Summit today in New York City.


I was joined by senior leaders at Chevron Corporation, Hilton Worldwide and Fenton Communications to discuss the challenging societal issues that our companies each address.  From ending domestic violence to human trafficking and HIV/AIDS, we have all made significant commitments and have made tremendous results over the years.



Making Mobile Devices Improve Personal Health

by Employee ‎06-04-2012 05:42 PM - edited ‎06-04-2012 05:44 PM

scott_shamp133x240.jpgMobile phones make our lives easier, safer, and more fun. But can they make us healthier? A Verizon Foundation-funded program at the New Media Institute at the University of Georgia aims to find out.



Verizon Supports Internet Safety Month in June

by Employee ‎06-01-2012 09:51 AM - edited ‎06-01-2012 11:02 AM

parental_control133x230.jpgIn support of June's National Internet Safety Month, we're equipping customers with the tools and educational resources they need to create the digital experience that is right for their family. We see our work falling into three pillars. I like to call them the "3 P's of Online Safety." They are "Prepare, Prevent and Protect."



How Wireless Tech Can Improve Lives

by Employee ‎05-18-2012 12:44 PM - edited ‎05-18-2012 12:45 PM

rbtv133x254.jpgA new study and a new TV segment show how Verizon's technology can be used to improve lives.




kidcheck133x213.jpgVerizon's Julie Smith relates the story of James, a boy for whom KidCheck health screening made a world of difference.


Stories like James's happen all around Alabama every day when KidCheck health screenings are conducted in rural areas where access to health care can be a challenge. For many of these children, this is their only access to any type of health screenings.



Our New Accessible Big-Button Wireless Phone

by Employee ‎05-09-2012 01:13 PM - edited ‎05-09-2012 01:14 PM

gusto2_133x248.jpgI wanted to let you know about our new wireless phone with accessibility features that might appeal to seniors or those with vision impairments.


The Samsung Gusto 2 replaces the Samsung Haven, our previous big-button phone, and adds Dynamic Voice Enhancement, a technology to help reduce background noise levels and enhance speech quality.




Making a Difference for Our Customers & Communities
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.

To view vital speeches given by our authors, visit our speeches page.

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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