U.S. Postal Service announces 25% energy reduction since 2003

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If you’re an American, every stamp you lick this month will be a reminder to reduce your energy footprint.

The U.S. Postal Service is marking National Energy Action Month with Go Green stamp messages. These stamps are meant to encourage Americans to take low-and no-cost actions to reduce energy.

“Think globally, lead locally is this year’s National Energy Action Month theme,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas G. Day. “Applied to their daily activities, postal employees conserve resources, reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Postal Service reported that it had reduced energy use by more than 25% since 2003. That’s equal to the average annual energy use of approximately 90,000 U.S. households. In July, the agency also reported a 7.4% decrease in its greenhouse gas emissions since 2008.

“Leaner, greener, smarter and faster is our mantra,” added Day.

“More than 850 employee Lean Green teams work every day to implement low- and no-cost ways to conserve energy and reduce costs. In 2011, employees helped the Postal Service save $22 million on more than 1,000 facility energy reduction projects.”

The Postal Service has a series of sustainability goals, including:

  • Reduction of facility energy use by 30% by 2015,
  • Reduction of water usage by 10% by 2015,
  • Diversion of 50% of solid waste from landfills by 2015, and
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020.

‘Energy Action Month’ is a national effort to focus attention on ways to reduce energy use.

Interested participants can check out the ‘Energy Action Month’ webpage at usps.com/green for green tips, games, resources and ideas, including energy-saving pledges.

1 thought on “U.S. Postal Service announces 25% energy reduction since 2003”

  1. Sounds like you don’t use the United States Postal Service, Madison, not surprising since you work in Canada. Licking stamps is a rare phenomenon in the U. S., because most — if not all — First-Class (letter mail) stamps are self-stick.


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