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January 14, 2008

Verizon's Fleet Now More Green in New York State

By Stefania Viscusi
Assignment Desk Editor

In a bid to help New York become more environmentally friendly, Verizon (News - Alert) has rolled out forty new hybrid sedans to replace all-gasoline powered vehicles and reduce carbon emissions.

This change, according to a news release, will reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 105 metric tons annually.
In total, Verizon has rolled out 100 new hybrid sedans in metropolitan areas across the country as a demonstration of its progressive corporate leadership. The 100 new hybrid sedans will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by an estimated 263 metric tons annually, which will result in the conservation of nearly 30,000 gallons of fuel.

Paul D. Tonko, president and chief executive officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) commented, "I applaud Verizon's commitment to 'going green.' Verizon's hybrid vehicles program is a model for other corporations to emulate and will help decrease our dependence on fossil fuels, assist in minimizing air pollution, and reduce our state's carbon footprint."
The hybrid sedans run on gasoline and electricity to save fuel and according to a news release, the Toyota Prius sedans, which are being added to Verizon's fleet, "can travel nearly double the miles per gallon and emit less than half of the carbon of most traditional sedans."

Monica Azare, Verizon senior vice president for New York and Connecticut, commented, "This will reduce the amount of CO2 emitted in New York and serves as another example of Verizon's continued commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our offices, our plants and our fleet."

Verizon operates a large fuel cell project in Long Island and uses environmentally friendly devices to supply electric power to a large call-switching center and office building. Also, in New Jersey and Texas, Verizon has trialed the use of 20 percent bio-diesel fuel to power service vehicles, as well as a list of other green initiatives.
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Stefania Viscusi is an established writer and avid reader. To see more of her articles, please visit Stefania Viscusi’s columnist page.
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