14 September 2010

Postal Service shares goals for sustainable future

Positive changes are in store for the United States Postal Service. On its new website, the USPS outlined its new sustainability goals and plans. Vice President of Sustainability Sam Pulcrano says, "The Postal Service voluntarily worked with 55 other federal agencies to publicly release our plans to achieve a sustainable future."

The Chair of the Council of Environmental Quality, Nancy Sutley, is quoted on the site's first page by saying, "Our focus is to...move the nation to greater reliance on clean energy and increase energy security, ...and to protect and restore our great ecosystems."

This is an impressive and important step for the Federal Government. The Postal Service is an agency that has a role in every American's daily life, and by moving towards more sustainable practices and policies, it creates a significant message to the American public. In addition to progressing forward, this move also extends resources, cuts expenses and helps serve its customers and employees more efficiently. Included in the plan are goals for a 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, plans to reduce oil usage, conserve water, and limit waste. Yearly progress will be measured by the Office of Management and Budget and publicly shared online to encourage accountability.

The plan also highlights past milestones the USPS has hit in its course, including being a winner of more than 75 environmental awards. The Postal Service relies completely on income from postage, products and services to support itself.

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Geanna Marek
Geanna was born and raised in veg-friendly Portland where she currently works as a freelance writer and librarian assistant. Find Geanna at her sustainable vegan living blog greenveganliving.com.

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