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An Hour to Make a Difference

by Employee ‎04-05-2013 08:27 PM - edited ‎04-05-2013 08:27 PM

375 Pearl Street during Earth Hour 2013In honor of the more than 13,600 Verizon employees who supported Earth Hour across 37 countries, Verizon is planting 6,000 trees, including 1,000 in Pillaiarkuppam Village in Puducherry, India, where American Forests is working to reforest an ecosystem along the Gingee River.



Verizon Wireless Named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

by Employee ‎03-27-2013 10:07 AM - edited ‎03-27-2013 10:34 AM

Energy Star Partner of the Year 2013 logoChief Sustainability Officer James Gowen reports that Verizon Wireless a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for our ongoing work to wring every possible kilowatt out of our retail store operations. We have worked closely with the EPA for more than six years, resulting in ENERGY STAR certification for all 116 of our eligible stores, and we’ve improved overall energy efficiency by 5.2 percent.



Earth Hour and Beyond: 600 Buildings and Five New Environmental Goals

by Employee ‎03-21-2013 11:03 AM - edited ‎03-21-2013 11:06 AM

earth_hour_metlife_stadium_night_133px.jpgVerizon’s Chief Sustainability Officer Jim Gowen blogs about our participation in Earth Hour and five new environmental goals ranging from wireless device recycling targets to expanded public reporting of our carbon footprint.



Announcing Verizon’s 2012 Annual Report

by Employee ‎03-20-2013 10:52 PM - edited ‎04-03-2013 11:05 AM

Annual-Report-blog-post-art-133x320.jpgSenior Vice President Kathy Brown writes about our just-released Annual Report and how it shows that the core of our growth strategy lies in a commitment to help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges in healthcare, energy and education. 



We’re Boarding the MAGIC Bus to Save Energy

by Employee ‎03-19-2013 06:54 PM - edited ‎03-19-2013 06:57 PM

Magic Bus infographicOur Chief Sustainability Officer James Gowen blogs about a simple idea that has a big impact: introducing a fleet of buses to take our field techs from job to job in New York City.



Congratulations to the Winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge!

by Employee ‎03-18-2013 06:27 PM - edited ‎03-18-2013 06:29 PM

detail-app-challenge-winners-133x288.jpgOn behalf of the Verizon Foundation, guest blogger Justina Nixon-Sanitil congratulates the top 10 creative student teams that won the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. More than 470 student teams from across the country submitted app concepts that address a need or problem in their schools or communities. Winning team members get a tablet computer from Samsung, and team schools get a $10,000 grant for STEM education.



Join In Today to Say 'No More' to Domestic Violence

by Employee ‎03-13-2013 08:03 AM - edited ‎03-13-2013 08:05 AM

No-More-logo.jpgGuest blogger Susan Sullivan writes about Verizon's participation in the debut of NO MORE Day, a new annual event designed to increase awareness and spur action to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in this country.



STEM Career Webcast Held for App Challenge 'Best in State' Teams

by Employee ‎03-11-2013 12:54 PM - edited ‎03-11-2013 12:54 PM

STEM-panel-133x253.jpgGuest blogger Justina Nixon-Saintil discusses the STEM Career Panel webcast held for the 70 top-scoring Best in State winners in this year's Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The webcast provided middle- and high school students with greater exposure to the career opportunities available for graduates with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) backgrounds.



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 on ‎02-14-2013 03:21 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.



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.

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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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