AT&T Builds on Commitment to Reduce Energy Consumption

John Schinter Appointed AT&T Director of Energy to Accelerate Energy Efficiency Efforts

Dallas, Texas, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, December 1, 2009


AT&T* today announced the appointment of John Schinter as AT&T’s first director of energy. Schinter, who has twenty-five years’ experience in environmental sustainability and integrated energy services, will oversee AT&T’s company-wide energy management efforts across all energy-consuming business units, drive comprehensive programs to reduce energy consumption and direct AT&T’s energy purchasing strategies. Schinter will join AT&T’s Corporate Real Estate Property Management team.

“We know that responsible energy management and improved efficiencies can positively impact both the environment and our bottom line,” said Mark Schleyer, senior vice president, corporate real estate, AT&T Operations, Inc. “Through the appointment of John Schinter, we are reorganizing the way AT&T optimizes our energy use, while maintaining — and improving — the quality, reliability and competitiveness of our services.”

Schinter will help accelerate AT&T’s efforts to manage company-wide, fixed-energy consumption, which includes data centers, central office equipment and AT&T facilities. AT&T has already taken a number of steps to reduce energy consumption over the past year. These include:

  • Establishing an Energy Council comprised of key executives from all business units that directly consume energy in their operations or that design, develop or specify energy-consuming equipment. The Energy Council is responsible for advancing our energy strategy within the company by identifying and assessing ways to operate more efficiently.
  • Setting a goal to reduce electricity usage intensity (relative to data growth on the AT&T network) by 15 percent, compared to 2008 levels.
  • Installing 1E’s NightWatchman energy-saving software on 310,000 AT&T desktop computers. This will save an estimated 135 million kWh of electricity and 123,941 tons of carbon emissions per year, according to 1E. This is equivalent to the electricity required to power 14,892 homes.
  • Exploring alternative energy sources, such as using wind power for 10 percent of the electricity for all AT&T facilities in Austin, Texas. AT&T also installed a 1 megawatt solar power system on its facility in San Ramon, California. The 3,700 solar panels will generate more than 1.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year and reduce the building’s normal power consumption by more than 4,300 kilowatt hours per day.

Prior to joining AT&T, Schinter worked with several Fortune 500 companies to reduce their energy consumption. Most recently, he served as the President of Global Energy and Sustainability for Jones Lang & LaSalle (JLL) Global Commercial Real Estate Services, where he directed award-winning energy efficiency programs for several well-known companies. Schinter previously worked with Exelon, where he led a major expansion of downtown Chicago’s cooling system, and at Duke Energy, where he crafted energy solutions for some of the world’s largest companies. In 2008, the Association of Energy Engineers recognized Schinter as the International Energy Engineer of the Year. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt and participates on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Technical Advisory Group. Schinter is a Licensed Professional Engineer and earned a dual degree in Mechanical and Thermomechanial engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

AT&T offers products and services that enable our customers to be more energy efficient in addition to reorganizing and focusing efforts to reduce our own energy consumption. To learn more, visit*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.

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