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Basking Ridge, N.J. Verizon Wireless said that nearly 60 of the company's stores have been recognized for energy efficiency, up from 32 stores in 2009. To date, 59 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores have been awarded the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification, the highest number for any wireless retailer.

Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star use an average of 40% less energy than typical buildings and also release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

In addition, two newly constructed Verizon locations have received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The stores' design optimizes water and energy use, enhances indoor environmental quality and reduces waste through specifications and responsible procurement and construction practices. More Verizon stores throughout the country are currently applying for LEED Certification.

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