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AT&T and The Nature Conservancy Team Up to Help Oregon Customers Skip the Bag

AT&T to donate 10 cents for every checkout bag its customers forego

Portland, Oregon, August 12, 2013

In an effort to empower AT&T* customers with sustainable choices, increase efficiency and minimize impact on the environment, AT&T is teaming up with The Nature Conservancy to encourage AT&T customers to skip the bag when purchasing items from its retail stores in Oregon. With this program, which runs now through January 31, 2014, AT&T will donate 10 cents to the Nature Conservancy for each check out bag its customers choose to forego.

AT&T’s Skip the Bag campaign is in support of The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to protect and restore the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Nature Conservancy takes innovative action to invest in the planet’s environmental and economic future, in places such as northeastern Oregon’s Zumwalt Prairie.

Funds generated from AT&T donations will be used to support The Nature Conservancy’s work. For example, The Nature Conservancy owns 33,000 acres within Zumwalt Prairie, one of the largest remaining grasslands of its type in the world. Grasslands are the least protected habitat type in Oregon and around the world. Spanning more than 400 square miles, Zumwalt Prairie’s ocean of bunchgrass is home to hundreds of bird species, 50 different kinds of butterflies, and iconic animals like elk and gray wolves. The prairie also supports many local families who derive their livelihoods through ranching.

The Nature Conservancy demonstrates and shares practical land management strategies with neighbors to help meet the needs of both people and wildlife.

“The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to finding ways for nature and people to thrive and to protecting the great places to live, work and play that make Oregon so special,” said Russ Hoeflich, state director of The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. “We are excited to be part of AT&T’s efforts to provide its customers with sustainable choices.”

“As we work to make our own operations at AT&T more sustainable, we also want to empower our customers to live more sustainably,” said George Granger, Oregon AT&T President. “The skip the bag initiative joins our other environmentally focused retail efforts, like our eco-devices and device recycling programs that help AT&T and our customers to minimize impacts on the environment, today and well into the future.”

Throughout the duration of this campaign, customers will also have the opportunity to donate additional funds to The Nature Conservancy at AT&T stores in Oregon.

To learn more about AT&T’s sustainability efforts, please visit www.att.com/sustainability.

For more information on The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, visit http://www.nature.org/oregon

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