The list: 5 eco-friendly postal practices

April 17, 2018

To help mark Earth Day, which is Sunday, April 22, here are five ways the Postal Service helps the planet.

1. USPS uses the power of the sun. The Los Angeles Processing and Distribution Center has a solar power generation system comprised of 31,000 solar panels. This makes the center the city’s largest postal facility generating electricity through solar energy.

2. The Postal Service has green roofs, too. Two USPS facilities have green roofs, including the Morgan Processing and Distribution Center, whose 2.5-acre roof is one of the largest green roofs in New York City. Green roofs save energy and can contribute to better water quality.

3. USPS employees walk the walk. The Postal Service has 6,955 letter carriers who deliver mail entirely on foot — a USPS “fleet of feet” that saves the organization on vehicle costs, gas and more.

4. Alternative fuel vehicles also play a role. The Postal Service operates a fleet of more than 47,000 alternative fuel-capable vehicles, most of which are equipped to use ethanol. There are electric, compressed natural gas and liquid propane gas vehicles in the fleet as well. USPS has used 2-ton electric vehicles to deliver mail in New York City since 2001.

5. The organization is looking toward the future. The Postal Service has pledged to reduce the amount of energy it uses per square feet of building space 25 percent by 2025.

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