Lights at MTS Allstream offices across the country went out for one hour to support Earth Hour 2011
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On March 26, the lights in 26 of MTS Allstream’s major offices across Canada went out in honour of Earth Hour, helping promote action against climate change. All non-essential lights in participating office locations were turned off for 60 minutes, starting at 8:30 p.m. local time.
“Earth Hour is the largest voluntary action ever witnessed and we’re happy to be a part of it,” said Helen Reeves, Chief Communications Officer, MTS Allstream. “It is not only important for us, as a company, to act environmentally responsible, but we also pride ourselves in having services that can enable our customers to be as well.”
MTS Allstream customers and employees can take advantage of several of the Company’s green services and initiatives. Customers can recycle their cell phones, batteries, chargers, and headsets at all MTS Connect(TM) stores in Manitoba. Since the recycling program began in 2005, more than 30,000 phones have been recycled. Electronic billing is an option for customers who want to reduce the use of paper, and the Workplace 2.0 tele-working program is available to MTS Allstream employees in various cities across the country to telecommute and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, the tele-working program saved its participants 996 tonnes of CO(2) emissions by vastly decreasing their work-related travel.
This year, Earth Hour encouraged participants to “go beyond the hour” and commit to actions that create lasting positive change for our environment. As part of MTS Allstream’s green culture, the Company subsidizes and encourages environmentally friendly commuting; implements waste reduction programs; constructs and upgrades buildings and equipment to be more energy efficient and environmentally sensitive; and integrates more efficiency in its fleet.
In addition to these actions, MTS Allstream is an advocate for environmental education, awareness and engagement. In 2009, the Company hosted the Allstream Global Forum: An Evening with Vice President Al Gore, where business and community leaders heard first hand from the principal campaigner for speaking up about climate change. This event was held at the Allstream Centre, Canada’s most environmentally responsible conference and convention centre.
MTS Allstream was the first recipient of the Green Action Centre’s annual Commuter Friendly Workplace Awards, the only North American communications company nominated as a finalist for the first ever “Green Award” through the World Communications Awards, and the sole telecommunications company named as one of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada in 2010.
About MTS Allstream
MTS Allstream Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. As one of Canada’s leading national communication solutions companies, MTS Allstream provides innovative communications for the way Canadians want to live and work today. The Company has more than 100 years of experience, with 5,500 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen through the eyes of our customers. MTS Allstream has nearly two million total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company’s extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans almost 30,000 kilometres. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s common shares are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream are encouraged to visit: http://www.mtsallstream.com/.
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