How AT&T Stays Connected For Sustainability, featuring Shannon Thomas Carroll

Sustainability SmartPod

Jun 13 2023 • 31 mins

Shannon Thomas Carroll, AVP of Global Environmental Sustainability at AT&T, joins the show to outline some of the numerous sustainability initiatives underway at the telecommunications giant.  Obviously, AT&T has a massive infrastructure footprint and a huge fleet of vehicles, but as Shannon explains, the company's efforts to enhance sustainability and resiliency stretch far beyond its own operations. For example, AT&T is partnering with FEMA and Argonne National Laboratory to help communities prepare for and respond to natural disasters. Through its Connected Climate Initiative, AT&T is collaborating with other organizations on a mission to eliminate a gigaton of CO2 emissions by 2035. Just like AT&T's expansive network. Shannon covers a lot of ground in this interview. Get ready to learn a lot about how AT&T is tackling sustainability.

Key highlights

Overview of AT&T's climate and sustainability goals - (2:54)
What is the biggiest piece of AT&T's carbon footprint? - (5:27)
Key steps to making early progress on Scope 1-3 goals -  (7:02)
Examples of AT&T helping large organizations increase their sustainability - (10:51)
How AT&T manages its infrastructure with an eye on sustainability - (12:24)
AT&T's role in disaster preparedness and resiliency - (16:01)
Progess report on AT&T's own sustainability goals - (18:28)
Data-driven partnership on reducing landfill waste - (20:32)
Lessons learend that can be shared across industries - (23:42)
The biggest sustainability challenge on Shannon's mind - (28:41)


More resources

Learn more about AT&T's sustainability efforts
AT&T's Connected Climate Initiative
AT&T, FEMA and Argonne National Laboratory collaborate on ClimRR



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