Leaving a green footprint
The Postal Service is integrating sound environmental business practices into its day-to-day operations to deliver a greener tomorrow.
Solar array at USPS facility
The U.S. Postal Service is committed to reducing its impact on the environment. USPS strives to enhance sustainability at its facilities for employees and customers working in and conducting business at postal facilities across the country. The Postal Service also continues to enhance standards and processes to design, construct and operate sustainable and efficient buildings that are lifecycle cost effective.
Hydrogen fuel cell delivery vehicle
Throughout history, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has utilized new modes of transportation in its ongoing effort to provide prompt, reliable, universal mail delivery. From horse-drawn wagons and stage coaches, to trains, automobiles, planes and alternative fuel vehicles, the Postal Service has been at the cutting edge of transportation. Now, with one of the largest civilian government fleets in the world — more than 200,000 vehicles traveling more than 1 billion miles a year — USPS consistently looks for ways to reduce the environmental impact of its fleet.
The U. S. Postal Service uses energy to process, transport and deliver mail. Sustainable energy management is crucial to the Postal Service’s viability and mission. The Postal Service spends more than a billion dollars every year on energy and fuel for facilities and its fleet — Energy is an important business concern. The Postal Service is also driven to cut energy use to reduce the greenhouse gases that result from burning fossil fuels — like petroleum. This National Energy Management Strategy covers all aspects of Postal Service operations, including fleet, fuel, facility, and utility management.
How we measure our success
We prepare an annual greenhouse gas inventory in compliance with several protocols:
- Executive Order 13693 – Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.
- The International Post Corporation (IPC) Environmental Measurement and Monitoring, with our postal peers across the world.
- The Climate Registry – a North American non-profit that sets standards for GHG reporting in a single registry of private and public entities.