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Government Leaders Meet to Discuss Sustainable Electronics

Members of the Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship, the US Postal Service, and electronics industry stakeholders will hold a meeting today to discuss progress on the National Strategy on Electronics Stewardship as well as participation in the US Postal Service’s BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program. The Interagency Task Force on … Read more »

UPS, Postal Service Partner To Cut Carbon Footprints

The US Postal Service and UPS have partnered in an initiative that they say will cut costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a video message, postmaster general and USPS CEO Patrick Donahoe and UPS chairman and CEO Scott Davis say the Blue and Brown Make Green partnership will reduce … Read more »

USPS Expands Electronics Buyback Program to 3,100 Locations

The US Postal Service has expanded the availability of a recycling program that pays cash for cellphones, cameras and other small electronic devices, to 3,100 retail locations. The program ships donated electronics to recycling firm MaxBack facilities for free. Consumers can visit the Postal Service’s web site to find out … 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 »

Sears, USPS Efficient Lighting to Save Millions of KWh

Sears says its Canadian stores are making one of the world’s largest replacements of inefficient lighting, the Toronto Sun reports. More than 130,000 inefficient incandescent spotlights are being replaced with LED lighting in all Sears Home and full-line stores across Canada, the company said. Sears says the switch will reduce … 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 Makes $27m From Sustainability Efforts

Recycling made the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) $13 million in revenues last year, while saving $9.1 million in landfill fees, the service said. USPS said that in 2010 it recycled more than 222,000 tons of material, almost 8,000 tons more than in 2009. In 2010 the service also reduced energy, … Read more »

New Ford Propane Conversion Systems

Alliance Autogas has announced a new set of propane conversion systems for a range of Ford trucks and SUVs. According to a company press release, the systems will allow fleet operators to convert their Ford vehicles to propane burning systems for increased energy efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has … Read more »

USPS on Track to Cut Energy Use by 30%

USPS on Track to Cut Energy Use by 30%

The U.S. Postal Service has set goals to reduce energy use 30 percent by 2015, petroleum fuel use 20 percent by 2015 and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 20 percent by 2020, according the federal agency’s 2009 annual report on sustainability performance. The agency reports it is on track to meet … Read more »

By Slashing Saturday Service, USPS Would Save 500K MT of GHGs

In addition to saving money, by cutting out Saturday delivery, the U.S. Postal Service would trim its annual emissions by up to a half million metric tons. The USPS estimates that mail volume will drop to about 150 billion pieces in 2010, down nearly 30 percent from the 213 billion … Read more »