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USPS, Commonwealth Edison, Toyota among Top Waste Reducers

USPS, Commonwealth Edison, Toyota among Top Waste Reducers

The US Postal Service, Commonwealth Edison and Toyota were among those recognized by the EPA as the top waste reducers in 2014. The EPA recognized the waste reduction accomplishments of 29 participants in and endorsers of its WasteWise program and Food Recovery Challenge. These collaborative initiatives apply sustainable materials management … Read more »

Could USPS Fleet Cut Fuel Use with ESPCs?

Could USPS Fleet Cut Fuel Use with ESPCs?

A bill introduced by Reps. Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), would authorize the US Postal Service to use energy savings performance contracts to improve the efficiency of its fleet. The bill, HR 3963, is called the Federal Leadership in Energy Efficient Transportation (FLEET) Act, The Hill reports. ESPCs allow companies, … Read more »

Glen Raven Facilities Go Landfill-Free

Three of Glen Raven’s US facilities send zero waste to landfills, and the performance fabric company is “locking the dumpster” at a fourth location this month, Industry Week reports. Randy Blackston, vice president of operations at Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, a business unit of the parent company, also tells the … Read more »

NY Post Office Gets Green Roof

The US Postal Service has built its second green roof, a 11,300-square-foot installation in upstate New York. The roof at Colvin-Elmwood Post Office was built in collaboration with Onondaga County, N.Y., as part of the municipality’s Save the Rain initiative. After being verified sound enough to support the additional weight … Read more »

USPS Sustainability Report: Emissions Up 0.7% Despite Fall in Revenues

USPS Sustainability Report: Emissions Up 0.7% Despite Fall in Revenues

The US Postal Service’s carbon emissions rose 0.7 percent from 2010 to 2011, from 12.31 to 12.39 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. The service’s revenues, net profits and mail volume all shrank over that time period, according to USPS’ 2011 sustainability report. The rise came from a 2.2 … Read more »

USPS Saves $400m on Energy Since FY2007

USPS Saves $400m on Energy Since FY2007

The U.S. Postal Service has accumulated over $400 million in avoided energy costs since fiscal year 2007, the service has announced. USPS made the announcement on the second anniversary of New York City’s largest green roof, atop the Morgan mail processing and distribution facility, which has saved more than $1 … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: First ISO 50001, Climate Registered Platinum Awarded

Schneider Electric’s head office is the first building in the world to earn the new ISO 50001 certification for energy management systems, the company has announced. Schneider began adapting the energy management system at the Rueil-Malmaison, France HQ to meet the standard in late 2010. The Climate Registry has awarded … Read more »

Fleet Briefing: Consumer Reports Rankings, USPS, Sears, Ford

The Honda Fit, Volkswagen Golf TDI and Ford Escape Hybrid are the most fuel efficient vehicles in their classes, according to Consumer Reports. In its July issue, the non-profit magazine is publishing a list of the most and least efficient cars in their respective classes, while also taking into account … Read more »

USPS Touts GHG Cuts

The U.S. Postal Service has reported an eight percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from a fiscal year 2008 baseline. Reduced facility energy use represented almost half of the Postal Service’s GHG emissions decrease. What’s not clear is whether much falling mail volumes have affected USPS emissions figures as much … Read more »

USPS To Combine Four Data Centers into One

A branch of the U.S. Postal Service with more than 90 offices plans to combine four data centers into one energy-efficient building, Reuters reports. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) will move all its IT assets to the new facility, which it plans to build in only ten months. The … Read more »

USPS Cuts Energy Use by Trillions of BTUs since 2005

The U.S. Postal Service is more than two thirds of the way to reaching its goal to reduce energy use by 30 percent by 2015 as it continues to exceed its energy savings targets. One year after opening its first green roof, atop the Morgan mail processing facility, in midtown … Read more »

USPS Inks $28.7M Deal to Cut Energy Costs at nearly 2,300 Locations

The U.S. Postal Service has signed a $28.7 million contract to install energy-management systems in up to 2,250 post offices as part of its plan to cut energy costs 30 percent by 2015 from 2003 levels, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. GridPoint’s energy management systems help organizations track and manage energy consumption … Read more »