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BOSTON, January 11, 2019 — The Green Century Equity Fund (Green Century) withdrew a shareholder proposal with Verizon Communications, Inc. (Verizon) after the company announced a commitment to source the equivalent of 50% of its annual electricity usage from renewable sources by 2025.
As the largest telecommunications company in the United States with over 147 million wireless subscribers, Verizon’s ambitious goal will go a long way towards reducing the environmental impact of the company’s operations. According to Verizon, over 93% of the company’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the electricity used to power its networks.
“I’m pleased that Verizon heeded our call to source more renewable energy,” said Jared Fernandez, shareholder advocate with Green Century. “Verizon recognized that renewables present an opportunity to cut costs, gain a competitive advantage, and do good for the environment.”
Verizon’s new goal aligns it better with its industry peers, such as T-Mobile* and AT&T,* which already had announced ambitious renewable energy pledges. Verizon’s previous renewable energy sourcing goal only extended to its owned properties, which cover just 4% of the company’s annual energy usage.
Since 2010, the cost of generating power from offshore wind and solar photovoltaic panels has fallen 23% and 73%, respectively. Technological developments in the renewable energy sector have led organizations, such as the International Renewable Energy Agency, to predict that all renewable energy technologies will be cost competitive with fossil fuels by 2020.
About Green Century Capital Management
Green Century offers three environmentally and socially responsible mutual funds. Through fossil fuel free investing and our three-pronged approach of sustainable investing, active shareholder advocacy, and support of environmental and public health non-profits we work to curb climate change, improve environmental policies, and limit environmental impacts of company supply chains.
*As of September 30, 2018, Verizon Communications, Inc. comprised 1.32%, 1.95%, and 0.00% of the Green Century Balanced Fund, the Green Century Equity Fund, and the Green Century International Index Fund, respectively. No other securities mentioned were held in any of the portfolios of the Green Century Funds as of the same date. References to specific securities, which will change due to ongoing management of the Funds, should not be construed as a recommendation by the Funds, their administrator, or their distributor.
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