AT&T Awards Annual Environmental Fellowship Grants
Grants Advance Collaboration with Universities, Research Related to the Environment
Dallas, Texas, Liberty Lake, Washington, September 29, 2008
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced the 2008 recipients of fellowship grants through the company's Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program. Grants totaling $75,000 have been awarded to three academic research teams.
AT&T has a long history of enabling research on industrial ecology — a multidisciplinary science that investigates how the economy and the environment can coexist — through the AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program. The annual grant program, which provides awards of $25,000 to three academic research teams at universities across the country, is designed to advance the development of research and help universities produce faculty and students who can contribute to solving global and regional environmental problems and help shape environmentally and economically efficient strategies.
Since its inception in 1993, the AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program has provided environmental research grants to leading universities and their outstanding academic researchers across the country. In 2008, AT&T has awarded three grants to academic research teams at the following universities:
- Carnegie Mellon University, for a project titled "The Role of Information and Communications Technology in Carbon Risk Management." The research team will analyze the impact of information and communications technology (ICT) in helping other industries manage the risks associated with carbon emissions.
- Arizona State University, for a project titled "Virtual Activity Fulfillment: Mapping the Shift From Transport to ICT Infrastructure" and a second titled "Multiple Functionality and Personal Digital Infrastructure: Substitution Versus Complementarity." The first research team will study how an expanded virtual-reality realm is changing the way commerce is conducted, how workplaces function and how public infrastructure systems are used. A second team will research the environmental implications that are associated with the growth of multifunctional electronic devices, such as accumulation of e-waste, and how the telecommunications industry can help address such implications.
- Green Mountain College, Clark University and Oregon State University, for a project titled "Understanding Business and Environmental Value Opportunities in the Global Supply Chain of China's Information and Communication Technology Industry." The research team will investigate and document how the ICT sector can achieve business and environmental value opportunities within a changing policy landscape in China.
"This is an important field, and we are delighted to progress the study by providing fellowships to universities and their professors," said Shawn McKenzie, senior vice president of Corporate Real Estate at AT&T. "We're proud to continue our legacy of supporting research that will contribute to sustainable and economically efficient approaches that will help our business and others."
The AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program is one way that AT&T collaborates with premier academic institutions and universities to advance education and research and to enhance the company's ability to deliver innovative products and services. For a number of years, AT&T Labs has teamed with top universities around the world through research and mentoring programs. Through the Virtual University Research Initiative, AT&T selects a number of top universities and funds educational expenses of students who are working on their Ph.D. dissertations and are willing to do research in areas of interest to AT&T. Each year, AT&T also holds the AT&T Labs University Collaborations Symposium to bring together its researchers, university professors and interns to discuss current joint research projects and plans for future projects.
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