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Verizon Wireless Communications Store In Okemos, Michigan, Is Going Green

Store Among 85 Energy Star-Certified Stores Across the Country

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May 22, 2011

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com  
248-915-3680

Patrick Sullivan
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248-855-6777

OKEMOS, MI — The Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Okemos is one of 85 Verizon Wireless retail stores nationwide to be awarded the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) prestigious ENERGY STAR® certification.

The store-located at 1930 W. Grand River-utilizes ENERGY STAR-certified equipment, including energy efficient lighting and light-emitting diode (LED) exit signs. It also has motion sensors to activate lighting in portions of the store that are not in constant use, such as 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.

EPA's ENERGY STAR
Verizon Wireless has added five stores in Michigan and 26 locations nationwide to its list of ENERGY STAR-certified stores since Earth Day in 2010. 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 emissions from 432 passenger vehicles or from 267 homes in one year.

For additional information about Verizon Wireless' Green Initiatives and to view a complete list of Energy Star certified stores, visit http://aboutus.vzw.com/Green_Initiative/overview.html.  

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About Verizon Wireless in Michigan
In Michigan, Verizon Wireless has more than 2,100 employees and 65 company-owned retail locations in more than 50 cities, including Allen Park, Alpena, Alpine Township, Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Battle Creek, Bay City, Brighton, Burton, Canton, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Detroit, East Lansing, Escanaba, Farmington Hills, Fenton, Flint, Fort Gratiot, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Highland Park, Holland, Houghton, Iron Mountain, Jackson, Kentwood, Lake Orion, Lansing, Livonia, Marquette, Midland, Monroe, Muskegon, Northville, Novi, Okemos, Petoskey, Pontiac, Portage, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Saginaw, St. Clair Shores, St. Joseph, Southfield, Taylor, Traverse City, Troy, Utica, Warren and Westland.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 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.  

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