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Verizon Continues to Expand its Green Fleet

Verizon recently launched a comprehensive sustainability program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve energy. Previous efforts reduced CO2 emissions by more than 793 million lbs.

July 2010, by Cheryl Knight - Also by this author

Verizon Communications Inc., headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communication services to mass market, business, government, and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless serves more than 91 million customers nationwide. The company employs a diverse workforce of approximately 222,900 individuals and generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion last year.

To service its broad customer base, the communications giant operates a fleet of more than 50,000 vehicles, including Chevrolet and Dodge vans and Chevrolet and Ford aerials. With so many fleet vehicles hitting the streets each day, Verizon continues to do its part to reduce its nationwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

"We are very aware of the size of our fleet and the positive impact we can make in the communities we serve by embracing alternative-fuel solutions," said Brian Heldebrandt, Verizon fleet strategy program manager. "Verizon views sustainability as integral to how we grow the business. Being successful on this front means a strong commitment year-over-year."

Heldebrandt manages the strategy development and deployment of Verizon's Green Fleet Program, as well as other strategic fleet initiatives.

The Verizon Green Fleet Program comprises several projects tied to specific alternative-fuel vehicles. The projects are centrally managed under the program, with subject matter experts driving the technical direction and tactical implementation of respective projects.

Pictured is Verizon’s hybrid aerial. The vehicle’s prominent “globe” logo represents the company’s widespread sustainability theme. The fleet’s alternative-fuel vans and pickups will also sport the globe logo.

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