E-Cycle event collects cell phones for soldiers
HOUSTON (April 18, 2012) – The Greenway Plaza E-Cycle collection event on Thursday, April 19 adds a patriotic twist to this year’s environmental cause. A special collection of cell phones will be held during the semi-annual environmental waste collection day sponsored by Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC to assist the charity, Cell Phones for Soldiers. Cell Phones for Soldiers provides deployed and returning U.S. military troops cost-free communication with families. Since 2004, the program has collected more than 8.3 million cell phones, raised more than $7 million and provided more than 114 million minutes of free talk time.
The environmental collection day and tribute to military are traditions of Greenway Plaza and Crescent Real Estate. Crescent Real Estate, which owns and manages the 10-office-building campus at Greenway Plaza, has provided customers and neighborhood residents a convenient, environmentally responsible way to recycle home and office electronic waste for the past three years. More than 150,000 pounds of electronic waste collected from customers and area residents has been recycled and diverted from landfills.
On April 20, 2010, Crescent Real Estate dedicated a Wall of Heroes in the public food court of 3 Greenway Plaza to recognize contributions and sacrifices of veteran and active military members. Crescent customers who work in the 10 Greenway Plaza buildings submitted photographs of family members who served in the military. At its inception, the Wall of Heroes featured 170 military photographs. Crescent now displays 255 photographs of active and veteran military members on the Wall of Heroes which takes up two walls in the food court area.
Volunteers will collect electronic equipment at stations set up in the drop off lanes at 5 Greenway Plaza April 19 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. The 5 Greenway Plaza drop off lanes can be accessed from Buffalo Speedway or the Southwest Freeway feeder road south of Buffalo Speedway.
The following electronic equipment will be collected: computers, monitors, VCR/DVD players, servers, scanners, as well as cable/wire, integrated circuits, circuit boards, mainframes, and drives. Additional acceptable equipment for collection includes telephones/cell phones, testing equipment, power strips, UPS backup, fax machines, memory board, printers and toner cartridges.
Items not accepted include: batteries, televisions, refrigerators, household appliances, wood, ferrous metals (steel), non-computer plastics and hazardous materials.
Bass Computers, Inc., a vendor partner of Crescent Real Estate, will recycle or properly dispose of electronics. Although all hard drives will be destroyed by Bass Computers, participants are advised to remove personal information and data from hard drives, cell phones and other equipment prior to donating the items. Crescent Real Estate and Bass Computers will not be responsible for data or information left on equipment.
What: Cell Phones for Soldiers & electronic equipment collection
Where: 5 Greenway Plaza drop off lanes accessible from Buffalo Speedway or Southwest Freeway feeder
When: Thursday, April 19th from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Who: AT&T representative who will receive cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program;
Greenway Plaza & Crescent Real Estate employees; Greenway Plaza customers & area residents
Photo Opportunities: Customers dropping off cell phones for soldiers and electronic equipment for recycling. Crescent & Bass employee volunteers loading trucks at 5 Greenway Plaza.
Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a fully-integrated real estate company owned by Barclays Capital and Goff Capital. Through its subsidiaries, Crescent owns or manages a portfolio of 26 premier office buildings totaling over 9.5 million square feet located in select markets across the United States with major concentrations in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Denver and Las Vegas. Crescent also holds investments in resort residential developments in locations such as Scottsdale, Vail Valley, and Lake Tahoe; luxury hotels; and the wellness lifestyle leader, Canyon Ranch®. For more information, visit Crescent’s Web site at www.crescent.com.
ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS
The family-run, registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, Mass., at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity, which collects and recycles used cell phones, has raised more than $7 million in donations and collected more than 8.3 million cellular devices. Cell Phones for Soldiers keeps military families connected by providing FREE communication tools such as pre-paid phone cards to those serving overseas in the United States military. For more information, visit the web site: http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com