A Leader in Environmental Sustainability, Sprint is the Only Wireless
Company to Provide Internet Connectivity for the Three-Week Event in
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 7, 2009--
Sprint (NYSE:S), ranked
##15 on Newsweek#8217;s Green Ranking of America#8217;s 500 largest corporations,
the highest among U.S. wireless companies, is partnering with the U.S.
Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
to support the 2009 Solar Decathlon, a three-week competition starting
Oct. 8, in Washington D.C. Sprint will provide a comprehensive suite of
Internet based solutions supporting the needs of the Solar Decathlon
using a broadband connection for access for all users at this event
including competitors, volunteers and the public visiting the venue. To
further support the Solar Decathlon, local Sprint employees will
volunteer at this event. Sprint also supported this event in 2005 and
#8220;Our continued partnership with the Solar Decathlon event validates our
continued pledge as a corporation #8216;going green#8217; and helping our
customers to minimize their environmental footprint,#8221; said Bill White,
vice president for federal programs for Sprint. #8220;Sprint is committed to
sustainability and to providing greener products, services and
applications for our customers.#8221;
Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the competition offers 20 teams
of college and university students across the nation the opportunity to
design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and
energy-efficient solar-powered house. The public is encouraged to
observe the powerful combination of solar energy, energy efficiency, and
the best in home design.
Sprint is widely-recognized as a leader among telecommunications
companies in environmentally-responsible initiatives. Recently, Sprint
announced several industry leading environmental programs including:
Use of Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Sprint was recently awarded $7.3
million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to expand its use of
hydrogen fuel cells as back-up power to cell sites on their network.
Today, Sprint has more than 250 hydrogen fuel cells deployed at cell
sites across its network.
Wireless Recycling: Sprint#8217;s industry-leading wireless reuse
and recycling program were created to prevent thousands of tons of
wireless equipment from entering the waste stream. Since 2001, Sprint
has collected more than 18 million phones for recycling and reuse in
an effort to help conserve resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions
and prevent air and water pollution. Sprint#8217;s goal, an industry first,
is to achieve a 90 percent recycling collection rate. This ambitious
objective, set for 2017, translates to Sprint collecting nine phones
for reuse and recycling for every 10 phones that we sell.
Eco Friendly Products and Services: Sprint recently announced
the availability of Samsung Reclaim#8482;, the first phone in the nation
partly constructed from bio-plastic materials extracted from corn.
Made from 80 percent recyclable materials, Samsung Reclaim is a
feature-rich messaging phone that offers environmentally conscious
customers a perfect blend of responsibility without sacrificing the
latest in network speeds and must-have features. Sprint is also the
first major U.S. wireless carrier to offer a solar-powered
cell phone charger and also offers cell phone carrying
cases made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles. Sprint also
offers a suite of enterprise location-based
applications that can help businesses reduce their impact on
climate change through more accurate management of fleets, cargo and
Sprint#8217;s green-themed Website, www.sprint.com/green,
details Sprint#8217;s green mobile applications and helps customers learn
about Sprint#8217;s sustainability initiatives, including online bill pay,
wireless recycling programs and acquiring green tips, such as using
mobile GPS to calculate the quickest route to save gas. For more
information about Sprint#8217;s environmental initiatives visit http://www.sprint.com/responsibility/index.html
or follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter.
Sprint, named most reliable 3G network in a 13-city test by PC World,
serves its government and business customers through its newly-formed
Business Markets Group (BMG). BMG delivers wireless, wireline and
converged solutions for companies, drawing on the nation#8217;s most
dependable 3G mobile broadband network,* 4G capabilities that are well
ahead of Sprint#8217;s competition, the fastest national push-to-talk
network,** and a comprehensive solutions portfolio of devices and
applications. For more information on Sprint#8217;s business solutions, visit www.sprint.com/business
or contact your Sprint account team.
To learn more about the 2009 Solar Decathlon visit www.solardecathlon.org.
* #8220;Dependable#8221; based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G
data connection success, session reliability, and signal strength for
the top 50 most populous U.S. markets (including PR) from January 2008
to July 2009. Not all services are available on 3G, and coverage may
default to a separate network when 3G is unavailable.
** #8220;Fastest#8221; based on initial call setup time.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
two wireless networks serving almost 49 million customers at the end of
the second quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data
services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities;
and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company#8217;s customer-focused
strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care
satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
Sukhi Sahni, 703-592-7779