Using Technology to Go Green

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go green tech tipsAccording to Verizon, advances in technology are making it easier than ever for folks that want to go green. Since tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day, here are 10 tips for using technology to go green and reduce your carbon footprint:

  1. Recycle cell phones that are no longer used. Donating these phones to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program will keep batteries out of landfills and help generate funds to assist domestic violence survivors.
  2. Telecommute when possible. Whether it’s one day a week or once a month, working from home and using broadband connections, can help reduce traffic congestion, trim your fuel bill, and reduce GHG emissions while adding time to your day.
  3. Go paperless. In 2009, Verizon customers replaced 110 million paper bills with online bills, saving 2,866 tons of paper.  By opting to receive monthly bills electronically, these customers helped save the equivalent of 68,793 trees.
  4. Use video conferencing instead of travel. (One flight between New York and Los Angeles produces 1,600 pounds of CO2 per person.) Verizon employees held more than 8,000 virtual meetings in 2009, saving the equivalent of taking nearly 700 passenger cars off the road for a year.
  5. Get the Go Green App. Find your Green IQ, take quizzes and learn about taking simple steps to become more environmentally conscious.
  6. Shop online using a high-speed Internet connection instead of making a trip to the mall for a single item.
  7. Need a new light bulb? Opt for a compact fluorescent bulb, which cuts carbon emissions and outlasts conventional light bulbs.
  8. Don’t drive around aimlessly! Use a mapping tool, such as Google maps or VZ Navigator, to find the most direct route to your destination to help save on fuel.
  9. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site to learn about additional steps you can take at home, work or school to help protect the environment.

“When it comes to reducing carbon emissions, small steps add up,” said James Gowen, chief sustainability officer for Verizon. “Every day, we’re discovering new ways that Verizon’s ultra-fast broadband and wireless networks help our customers reduce their carbon footprints.”

Verizon is committed to finding practical and innovative ways to increase energy efficiency and bolster conservation efforts. In 2009, Verizon’s energy reduction measures reduced the company’s CO2 emissions by more than 793 million pounds, approximately the amount of CO2 emitted by 46,700 homes in a year. The company also improved its rate of emissions per million dollars in revenue to 60.2 metric tons of CO2 in 2009, from 64.4 metric tons in 2008.

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