There are many factors to consider when it comes to technology, but for a company like AT&T, which was recently named one of the 50 most community-minded corporations by the Civic 50 for the third consecutive year, it doesn’t just stop with the technology itself. It continues with the impact of the technology.

AT&T’s 360-degree approach to technology and its impact starts with education. Since 2008, AT&T Aspire has impacted more than one million U.S. high school students. The initiative has logged more than 510 thousand mentor hours in 240 cities, preparing students for success in high school, college and when they jump into the jobs of tomorrow.

In an effort to build a more sustainable world for those students to thrive in, AT&T has teamed with the Environmental Defense Fund and, in 2013, realized 42 million gallons of annual water savings, including 19.56 million gallons associated with 10 conservation projects and 22.4 million gallons associated with free-air cooling projects. The company has also made packaging improvements that have lead to 1,150 tons of waste eliminated since 2009.

Another packaging improvement is AT&T’s recently refreshed eco-rating system, a one to five star rating that addresses five environmental attributes and provides consumers an easy way to understand environmental and social factors associated with their devices.

AT&T has also made safety a priority, urging consumers to take the pledge to stop texting while driving and the It Can Wait campaign has already seen five million pledges to stop texting and driving. The company also created AT&T DriveMode®, a free app that silences message alerts and auto-replies when driving to let friends and family know you can't respond.

It’s these types of initiatives and results that reinforce the significance of AT&T’s continued community work.

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Taking a closer look at the impact of technology
AT&T’s 360-degree view of how technology can reinvent our lives and how we can transform our planet.