Interview: James Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

fortune-green-2013TriplePundit reported live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013 conference in Laguna Niguel, CA. Follow along on this page for ongoing video interviews with sustainability thought leaders, corporate change agents and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

James Gowen is Verizon’s Chief Sustainability Officer. I had a chance to meet him at Fortune Brainstorm Green last week and talk a little bit about his role at the company as well as some of the exciting things he’s working on.

The big news of the moment is the company’s hundred-million-dollar investment in solar and fuel cell energy systems for no less than 19 company buildings around the country. It’s a gigantic project that will generate more than 70 million kwh of electricity and eliminate as much as 10,000 metric tons of CO2.

James give us the details in the video below…

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Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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  1. This is an impressive step, and a glimpse into the future of renewables running fossil fuels out of town.

    But if Verizon was serious about sustainability they would first drop out of ALEC! I would switch from AT&T immediately if they did.

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