Verizon sets a goal of EnergyStar certification for all eligible Verizon Wireless retail stores.
Verizon's Chief Sustainability Officer James Gowen blogs on our commitment to Energy Star and Verizon's new goal of earning Energy Star certification for all eligible Verizon Wireless retail stores at least once.
At Verizon, we strive to set higher goals for ourselves at every opportunity. The Verizon Credo says that, “We know our best was good for today. Tomorrow we’ll do better.” And you'll hear that at every level in our organization.
In that spirit of continuous improvement, we further our commitment to the EPA's Energy Star program and have set a goal of earning Energy Star certification for 100 percent of eligible Verizon Wireless retail stores at least once.
It's a high bar, but we're well on our way to achieving this goal. We started roughly six years ago, when we adopted the EPA's Portfolio Manager tool to track the energy efficiency of our stores to take them from 'good' to 'great.' And because an Energy Star facility is more energy efficient by an average of 35 percent, and also generates 35 percent fewer greenhouse gases, we aggressively sought Energy Star certification for our stores.
In 2008, we became the first wireless retailer to earn Energy Star certification. In 2010, Verizon Wireless was named an Energy Star Partner by the EPA, and at the end of last year, we surpassed a milestone of 100 Energy Star-certified retail stores, the most of any wireless retailer by a wide margin.
We continue to take significant steps to improve our energy efficiency, even as our business expands. As outlined in this press release, we have adopted a new set of energy efficient store design standards this year that reduce typical energy use by 30 percent, and we’ll continue to benchmark all of our stores through the rigorous standards included in the EPA's Portfolio Manager.
We aim to wring every possible kilowatt out of our operations as we move toward of our overall sustainability goal of cutting our carbon intensity in half by 2020. After all, “We know our best was good for today. Tomorrow we’ll do better.”