TELUS turns out the lights this Saturday night



    TELUS and its employees turn out the lights on Saturday in support of
    Earth Hour 2008

    VANCOUVER, March 28 /CNW/ - TELUS and its team members will join tens of
thousands of businesses and millions of people around the world on Saturday
night by turning out the lights for sixty minutes in support of Earth Hour
2008.
    TELUS will be turning off all non-essential lights at 8 p.m. local time,
Saturday night at a number of its major buildings across Canada to show
support of Earth Hour 2008's initiative to reducing greenhouse gas emissions
around the world.
    TELUS is delighted to support the Earth Hour 2008 and we are very proud
of our commitment to the environment and to the communities where our team
members live, work and serve. From our involvement in Earth Hour 2008 to our
nationwide park and river valley clean-ups on TELUS Day of Service; from
planting trees in Montreal green spaces to environmental considerations
integrated into the business decisions we make, TELUS recognizes the
responsibility we hold in exploring new opportunities to improve our
environmental performance.
    TELUS is also inviting its 35,000 team members to get involved and turn
out the lights at their homes, turn off unnecessary lights and other
electricity-consuming devices during the same time for an hour on Saturday
night in support of the cause.
    TELUS has an unyielding commitment to the environment. On September 30,
2007 more than 6,000 TELUS team members, retirees and family members took part
in numerous environmental projects across the country during the TELUS Day of
Service. In addition, following on our commitment to reduce waste and improve
the environment, through Tree Canada, we funded the planting of one tree for
every cell phone we were able to recycle in 2007. This, in conjunction with
online billing and other initiatives, resulted in the planting of more than
60,000 trees.
    In October 2007, TELUS House, one of the most energy efficient and
environmentally friendly buildings in Ottawa, was opened. TELUS House is a
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) "silver" designed
facility as rated by the Canada Green Building Council. LEED is an
internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation
of high-performance sustainable buildings. The organization promotes a "whole
building" approach to environmental health: sustainable site development,
water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environment
quality. Our new Toronto office building, expected to be ready in 2009 will
also seek a LEED silver designation. As a result of energy efficiency programs
like this and others, TELUS has reduced its energy consumption per unit
revenue by 10% since 2003.
    More on Earth Hour can be found online at www.earthhour.org.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.1 billion of annual revenue and 11.1 million
customer connections including 5.6 million wireless subscribers, 4.4 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $113 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
visit telus.com.





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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Chris
Gerritsen, TELUS Media Relations, (403) 530-4919, chris.gerritsen@telus.com

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