2010 Sustainability Report
Leaner | greener | faster | smarter

From the Postmaster General

Leaner, greener, faster, smarter
It’s our sustainability call to action

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe

Patrick Donahoe,
Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer

Delivering the mail to every person and business in America is a big job. It comes with enormous responsibilities — to the customers we serve, the communities where we live and to the environment that sustains us all.

And it takes a big organization to do it. Ours has nearly 582,000 employees, more than 215,000 vehicles and 33,000 post offices and plants across the country.

With all those people, vehicles and facilities, as you would expect, we have a big carbon footprint.

That’s why “leaner, greener, faster, smarter” is our sustainability call to action. It’s an environmentally responsible, as well as a good business decision.

It means right-sizing our delivery network and our workforce to better meet the needs of 21st century America.

By eliminating waste and reducing the energy and fuel we use, we lower our carbon footprint, and drive our costs down.

That’s being sustainable. That’s being responsible.

I hope you will take a few minutes to look at our sustainability report. I think you’ll be surprised at how much we’re doing to green the Postal Service, help our customers be green and lower our costs during this very challenging economic period.