At&T Names Fellowship Recipients

Can better traffic signals help congestion and greenhouse gas emissions?. (Photo: Pineapple XVI [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr)

Research teams at three universities have each received $25,000 through the AT&T; Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program. The program was started in 1993 to provide funding to academic research teams participating in environmental research. The University of Texas in Austin, University of Colorado in Denver and the University at Albany-SUNY were selected as the 2009 recipients.

The team at the University of Texas that received the $25,000 in funding is focusing on “Examining the Tradeoffs in Energy, CO2, and Water for Transportation & ICT Choices.” Researchers at the University of Colorado are looking at the impact that information and communications technology (ICT) will have on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The team at University of Albany-SUNY is researching the impact that high tech traffic signals may have on both traffic congestion and emissions.

“Research projects such as these help create the sustainable and economic efficiencies needed for a successful future. We’re proud to support students, professors and universities in their efforts that will help our business and others reduce our environmental impact,” said Clair Krizov, AT&T; assistant vice president of Environment, Health and Safety. Source: AT&T;

The fellowship program is just one part of AT&T;’s overall commitment to the environment. The company maintains a large fleet of alternative fuel vehicles, offers smart grid solutions to customers, and works with businesses to advance ICT products, which will ultimately reduce CO2 emissions.