AT&T Sustainability Initiatives Reach Communities Across South Carolina

AT&T Launches 2013 Sustainability Report; Encourages People to Engage with Company Work through Interactive Sustainability Website

Jun 25, 2014, 15:10 ET from AT&T Inc.

COLUMBIA, S.C., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  Environmental and social sustainability takes many forms at AT&T. The company invites interested parties to learn more about the company's community activities by engaging in its newly redesigned interactive website, People | Planet | Possibilities.

The site shares information through videos, social media and blogs. To complement these frequent updates, AT&T today released a condensed summary of key topics and accomplishments, including:

  • Reached the halfway mark toward the goal of deploying 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) by 2018. AT&T has now deployed 8,230 alternative-fuel vehicles and reduced unleaded gasoline use by 4.6 million gallons in 2013.
  • Contributed 5.3 million volunteer hours by employees and retirees.
  • Increased veteran hiring by nearly five times, compared to 2012.
  • Reached 95 percent of postpaid AT&T branded devices being rated as 3 or above out of a potential rating of 5, using the Eco-Rating system.
  • Received more than 4 million pledges to never text while driving through the It Can Wait campaign.
  • Invested $21.2 billion in IP (Internet Protocol) – enabled networks.

In South Carolina alone, the following was accomplished:

  • 147 alternative fuel vehicles operated in South Carolina as of 2Q 2014.
  • More than 426,900 hours of personal time given by AT&T employees and retirees in South Carolina to community outreach activities from 2009-2013.
  • More than $7.4 million contributed by AT&T and its employees from 2009-2013 through giving programs in South Carolina.
  • More than $195,000 invested in education in South Carolina through AT&T Aspire in 2013.
  • 2,885 hours of mentoring provided by our employees to students in South Carolina through Aspire Mentoring Academy.

"As a company, and as employees, we are committed to helping our state to grow and her people to prosper," said Pamela Lackey, President of AT&T South Carolina. "Committing our time and resources, in addition to more than $825 million invested by AT&T in our wired and wireless networks here from 2011-2013, makes South Carolina an even better to live and work."

"Our 2013 update shows how our employees, customers and like-minded organizations are addressing some of society's biggest challenges," said Charlene Lake, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President, AT&T Public Affairs. "We invite others to join us on our sustainability journey by engaging on our People I Planet I Possibilities website."

The site invites consumers to comment, sign up for regular updates and follow key leaders from the AT&T sustainability team on Twitter. The hashtag #ATTimpact posts updates as well.
Some of the highlights from 2013 include supplier engagement, energy and water efficiency and AT&T's education initiative, Aspire.

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