OMAHA, NE — The Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Omaha, Neb., is the first wireless retail store in the western half of the United States to rate in the top 25 percent of commercial facilities for energy efficiency and earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR®, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection.
"The changes we have implemented in our Omaha store are significant because they impact our business, the environment and our ability to provide customers with an industry-leading experience," said Nancy Clark, presidentGreat Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "By being more energy efficient, we can keep operating costs down and redirect those resources to improve the customer experience."
The Communications Store, located at 7215 Dodge Street in Omaha, installed temperature sensors and energy management systems to monitor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system use, control temperature set-points and internal and external lighting schedules, and track data usage history for maintenance and service requirements. The system helps Verizon Wireless save on energy costs by activating the ventilation, heating and lighting systems automatically based on the store's operating hours.
To further reduce energy usage, Verizon Wireless installed light-emitting diode (LED) exit signs and installed a microcontroller on vending machines. The store also features an insulated water heater to reduce heating costs, and properly sealed building "envelopes" and entry doors to prevent the loss of heated or cooled air.
The EPA's national energy performance rating system provides a 1-to-100 point scale that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a rating of 75 or higher and occupies 5,000 square feet or more, is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
In addition to the Omaha store, a second Verizon Wireless Communications Store-in Toledo, Ohio-has been awarded the ENERGY STAR. Four other Verizon Wireless retail facilities in the Midwest Area also deploy the same energy management systems as those in Toledo and Omaha, but do not meet the 5,000-square-foot requirement to be eligible for ENERGY STAR.
The EPA's ENERGY STAR is yet another recognition of Verizon Wireless' ongoing commitment to environmentally friendly "green" practices. In February, Verizon Wireless was the only wireless carrier named to IDG Computerworld's first-ever list of top Green-IT Companies for 2008.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About The EPA's ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov.