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Our Commitment to Sustainability & the Environment

With more than 33,000 employees and nearly 255 company-owned retail locations in the state, AT&T is committed to working with Californians to find new ways to save and protect our natural resources. 

  • Water Management: Water is a vital natural resource. Conserving water and managing this resource wisely is important for our community, the environment and California’s economy. Water is also crucial for our business operations, and we have a responsibility to actively manage and reduce our water use wherever possible. AT&T is committed to helping conserve California’s water and we’ve set a goal of reducing our company’s global water use by 150 million gallons. We are proud to help others conserve through our network, our products and services, and our community investments. You can read more about AT&T’s water management efforts in the company’s Water Management Issue Brief, and learn more about how AT&T is using the power of its network to build a better tomorrow at
    • Water Savings

        • Water Scorecard: Conservation begins with knowledge. AT&T created a Water Scorecard to track water usage at our facilities and identify opportunities to save water. Monitoring our water use helps us track progress against our conservation goals. Since the beginning of 2013 we have seen overall water savings directly attributable to conservation projects of more than 70 million gallons.

        • Conservation Projects: AT&T has deployed multiple water conservation projects across our California operations. These projects range from implementing water-saving technologies and landscaping at AT&T facilities, to utilizing free air cooling for some of our network equipment, to calling on our employees to reduce non-essential water use by 30 percent.
    • Water solutions

        • Digital Life Water Detection and Controller: AT&T’s Digital Life Water Detection automation technology helps residential customers detect water leaks in their home, and its Water Control technology can also remotely shut water off when a leak occurs. Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually (equal to the yearly household water use of 11 million homes).

        • HydroPoint Data Systems WeatherTRAK: HydroPoint Data Systems smart irrigation system, powered by the AT&T network, allows customers to remotely monitor and manage their landscape irrigation systems. HydroPoint’s WeatherTRAK customers cut 15 billion gallons of water and $137 million in expenses in a single year.

        • Municipal Leak Detection: California’s water distribution systems are reported to lose up to 228 billion gallons annually due to leaks — more than enough to supply the entire city of Los Angeles for a year. AT&T is part of an effort that is now testing a wireless technology solution for cities and water utilities to detect and help prevent water leaks in municipal water infrastructure.
    • Community Conservation

        • WaterMAPP Toolkit: AT&T and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) created WaterMAPP – a free toolkit of resources for businesses to manage water and identify opportunities for efficiency. WaterMAPP is distributed by the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) and has been downloaded by 700 organizations to date. It is estimated that U.S. commercial buildings could collectively realize up to 28 billion gallons of potential water savings annually by using WaterMAPP.

        • Fresno Fab 5 Water App: AT&T helped to fully-fund the development of a water conservation app for the City of Fresno conceived by the “Fresno Fab 5,” a group of 5th grade elementary school students with a vision for water conservation. The app, now being developed by Shift3 Technologies, will allow Fresno residents to monitor and track their water use from a mobile device and encourage conservation.

        • Nature Conservancy, Save Our Water: Save The Sierras: Through a statewide promotion running August 18 to September 17, for each new purchase of a Digital Life product made at participating California retail locations, AT&T will donate $10 to The Nature Conservancy for projects like “Save the Sierra Nevada: Save our Water,” with a minimum contribution of $50,000 and a maximum of $100,000. AT&T’s support is helping to protect and restore places like the Northern Sierra Nevada, a critical source of California’s water supply.

  • Alternative Energy: Alternative energy can help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and diminish air pollution. We strive to minimize our environmental impact and dependency on fossil fuels through the purchase or commission of alternative energy sources.
    • Fuel Cells: Fuel cell technology produces clean and reliable onsite power. We worked with Bloom Energy to install 7.5 MW of Bloom Energy fuel cells at 11 of our facilities in California in 2011-2012. In fall 2012, AT&T announced a planned additional 9.6 MW of fuel cell power. Once fully operational, all of AT&T’s Bloom Box installations are expected to produce more than 149 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, enough to power more than 13,680 homes per year.
    • Solar Power: AT&T is working to enhance energy performance and minimize energy consumption in company buildings and IT systems and networks. The solar installations on AT&T’s San Ramon, Calif. campus generate 1.6 million kWh annually. One of our data centers in San Diego runs off of a 262 kW system that produced 477,000 kWh in 2011.

  • Transportation Initiatives: Finding cleaner, more efficient methods of powering our vehicles is important for this country’s economy, security and California’s environment. In 2009, California made a commitment to invest up to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) over a 10-year period through 2018.
    • AFVs: As of September 2013 AT&T has deployed a total of 7,682 AFVs in 44 states, 41% (3,164) are located in California. AT&T has also deployed 5,539 compressed natural gas CNG vehicles in 19 states, and 49% (2,732) are located in California.

  • Cell Phone Recycling: AT&T and its customers can play an important role in keeping old cell phones out of landfills. In 2012, AT&T launched its trade-in program, an easy way for customers to recycle phones for AT&T credit or to benefit philanthropic organizations.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The ability to measure and understand greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is an important piece of a company’s efforts to manage its environmental impact. We’re committed to measuring and understanding our GHG emissions and taking steps to manage them.

  • Managing Energy, Improving Efficiency: The more voice, data and video content we deliver, the more capacity – and power – is required to run the network. Effective energy management is critical to the competitiveness of our business and the reliability of our service to customers. In 2012, we invested more than $43 million in 713 energy efficiency projects in California, resulting in more than 106 million kilowatt-hours of annualized energy savings, equivalent to the annual electricity use of nearly 10,000 homes.