Postal Service Delivers Environmental Responsibility, Too

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Byline: GUEST VIEWPOINT By Paul Bastinelli

Because most people associate the United States Postal Service with the color blue - the blue eagle logo, blue uniforms, blue collection boxes - they might not realize how green the USPS really is. In fact, the Postal Service is among the greenest of all federal agencies.

In October, the USPS announced the results of its first greenhouse gas report - its "carbon footprint." The report showed the Postal Service's direct carbon footprint is only one-20th of 1 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in America. That's pretty green for an agency with 220,000 vehicles (the largest civilian fleet in the world), 34,000 facilities (more than McDonald's and Starbucks combined) and 618,000 employees.

The Postal Service is serious about conserving energy and protecting the environment. On track to meet its stated goal of reducing energy use 30 percent by 2015, the Postal Service plans to reduce petroleum use 20 percent by 2015 and has increased alternative fuel use 61 percent since 2005.

Some of the Postal Service's green accomplishments this year include:

Saving $3 million and nearly 100 million kilowatts in an agency-wide energy reduction initiative. …