2010 Sustainability Report
Leaner | greener | faster | smarter

Our network | Greener facilities

The Postal Service is committed to reducing waste and energy and water use throughout our facilities network — in our Post Offices, processing plants and administrative offices.

Our goal is to deliver the mail with the lowest costs and minimal impact on the environment.

We analyze all aspects of resource management and efficiency. That includes building design and upgrades, energy and water use, and employee efforts to consume less energy and reuse, recycle and conserve materials.

Achieving energy goals

The Postal Service has two aggressive facility energy goals — to reduce our total energy use and our energy intensity 30 percent each by FY 2015 from an FY 2003 baseline.

We are well on our way to achieving these goals.

Since FY 2003, USPS has reduced total facility energy use 9.9 trillion Btu, a 29.4 percent reduction. That’s nearly the total energy used by 100,000 average U.S. households in a year.

We’ve also reduced our energy intensity — our energy use per square foot of building space — by 28.3 percent since FY 2003.

Big energy reductions mean big savings. We’ve avoided more than $400 million in energy costs since FY 2007.