BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Red and black are the colors of the Verizon Wireless brand, yet another color is also important at the company’s stores: green.
Eighty-five Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country have been awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) prestigious ENERGY STAR® certification, placing Verizon Wireless among the top third of retailers with certified buildings nationwide and the leading wireless retailer. Additionally, 41 Communications Stores have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Verizon Wireless has more LEED rated stores than any other wireless service provider, and is the first and only wireless service provider to join the LEED Volume Program.
EPA’s ENERGY STAR
Verizon Wireless added 26 locations to its list of ENERGY STAR-certified stores since last Earth Day. The EPA ENERGY STAR energy performance rating system provides a one-to-100 point scale that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide.
Verizon Wireless ENERGY STAR-certified stores across the country are 10 percent more energy efficient on average than non-certified stores. In total, Verizon Wireless ENERGY STAR certified stores save more than 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent to the annual emissions from 432 passenger vehicles or the emissions from 267 homes in one year.
In order to be energy efficient, the Communications Stores across the country utilize ENERGY STAR-certified equipment, including energy efficient lighting, light-emitting diode (LED) exit signs, and motion sensors to activate lighting in portions of the store that are not in constant use, such as the storage rooms and back offices. Additional energy-saving initiatives include insulating water heaters and piping, and properly sealing the entire building structure and entry doors to prevent the loss of heated or cooled air.
The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Of the 41 Communications Stores with LEED certification, 15 have Gold status, 25 have Silver status and one has Certified status, according the USGBC’s LEED – Commercial Interiors rating system.
The design of Verizon Wireless LEED certified stores optimizes water and energy use, enhances indoor environmental quality and reduces waste through specifications and responsible procurement and construction practices.
For additional information about Verizon Wireless’ Green Initiatives and to view a complete list of ENERGY STAR and LEED certified stores, visit http://aboutus.vzw.com/Green_Initiative/overview.html.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 94 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 82,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit 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.