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.