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USPS surpasses green goals

The U.S. Postal Service, a distributor of direct marketing materials, recently released its Annual Sustainability Report, which found the agency exceeded its sustainability goals.

The report said USPS had a 30 percent reduction in energy use, a 33 percent reduction in supply purchases and a 133 percent increase in alternative fuel use. According to Thomas Day, the chief sustainability officer for USPS, the agency saved $5 million in 2010 by reducing energy expenditures, and by recycling 222,000 tons of material.

USPS is also working with customers to become more environmentally aware. In 2010, 10,000 post offices helped customers eliminate 22,000 tons of material from landfills, and USPS helped customers recycle more than 1 million small electronics and print cartridges.

According to the USPS website, other conservation efforts by the agency include eco-friendly Cradle-to-Cradle certified packaging, hosting the largest green rooftop in New York City, using electronic mail trucks, and providing consumers with tips on conserving fuel and decreasing their carbon footprint. USPS is the first federal agency to publicly report its greenhouse emissions and get third party verification.  

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