AT&T and Arbor Day Foundation Invite Customers to Help Build the Boy Scouts of America’s Centennial Forest

Trees Planted on Behalf of Customers Opting to Go Paperless

Dallas, Texas, April 27, 2011
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AT&T* and Arbor Day Foundation today announced their commitment to support the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in its goal to grow the Centennial Forest, a project aiding in the restoration of forests throughout the U.S.  Working with Arbor Day Foundation this year, AT&T intends to plant more than 100,000 trees in the BSA’s Centennial Forest on behalf of all qualifying customers who sign-up for paperless billing.

“Last year, AT&T’s alliance with Arbor Day Foundation resulted in the planting of over a quarter of a million trees in forests throughout the U.S.,” said Philip Bienert, vice president, ATT.COM.  “Building on that success, we continue our commitment to environmental sustainability through this year’s Arbor Day initiative – offering customers a convenient way to conserve natural resources, while reducing the amount of mail they receive each month.”

To date, more than 14 million AT&T customers have chosen to go paperless. Along with the reduction of paper used, enrolling in paperless billing simplifies the lives of customers by providing a faster, more convenient way to manage their accounts online and gain access to billing statements. In 2010, AT&T’s paperless billing efforts saved approximately 667 million sheets of paper across the company – the equivalent of approximately 96,000 trees.

“We are honored to team up with AT&T to plant trees to help the Boy Scouts of America celebrate its centennial,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees planted through AT&T’s generous donation will help restore environmental benefits that forests provide.”

In addition to reforestation efforts, AT&T promotes environmental sustainability through initiatives such as AT&T Reuse & Recycle. Using recycling programs, customer drop-offs and other channels, AT&T collected more than three and a half million wireless devices last year.

AT&T customers can learn more about paperless billing and sign up today at www.att.com/paperfree

For more information about AT&T's sustainability efforts, please visit www.att.com/sustainability or www.att.com/csr. To learn how you can recycle with AT&T please visit www.att.com/recycle.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

The approximate number of trees saved was calculated using www.rainforestmaker.org. The calculator converts the total number of paper saved into pounds to equate total trees saved; calculations constitute the average pound per product.

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About the Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of more than 1 million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

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