2011 United States Postal Service — Key Performance Indicators                                                           U...
From the Postmaster GeneralLeaner, greener, smarter, fasterGood for the planet — and good for businessT         he United ...
Message from the Chief Sustainability OfficerW                ith plans for significant network            reducing facili...
About this reportT         he purpose of this report is to detail our      USPS is committed to transparency and continues...
vi | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
ContentsCorporate highlights  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  	      1Environmental stewardship ....
From left, Deputy Postmaster GeneralRonald Stroman discusses fuelcell technology with EngineeringSystems Vice President Mi...
Corporate highlightsGo Green stamps dedication ceremony                          “With these Go Green stamps, the Postal S...
Corporate highlights                                                                  Climate Registry awards USPS        ...
Corporate highlightsThe Climate Registry is a nonprofit collaboration amongNorth American states, provinces, territories a...
Corporate highlights                                                           Supplier Sustainability Excellence         ...
Environmental stewardshipW             e define our approach to environmental     We are committed to transparency and thi...
Environmental stewardship   ✔✔ CARBON FOOTPRINT                                                   Total Greenhouse Gas Emi...
Environmental stewardship                                                           amount of energy it takes to power 270...
Environmental stewardship                                                                     Total facility energy use   ...
Environmental stewardship  Computerized lighting controls and energy efficient       21,000 notebook computers and 85,000 ...
Environmental stewardshipFleet and transportation management                          Delivery route optimization:        ...
Environmental stewardship✔✔ POSTAL-OWNED PETROLEUM FUEL USE                              Postal-owned vehicle fleet snapsh...
Environmental stewardship                                                               Alternative Fuel Vehicle Use      ...
Environmental stewardshipContract transportation partners                            Vehicle fleet maintenance operations ...
Environmental stewardship                                                            Reduce and re-use                    ...
Environmental stewardshiptransport equipment, or MTE. The containers we use          launched in 2009. More than 10,000 lo...
Environmental stewardshipThis allows us to consolidate e-waste from around thecountry. By taking advantage of economies of...
Environmental stewardship                                                            Environmental management and         ...
The                                                      several dollars per thousand          “Those are real changes in ...
Services and product stewardshipF        rom offering a semipostal stamp to support         We make it easy for customers ...
U.S. Postal Service Annual Sustainability Report 2011  -- "Sustainability. Putting Our Stamp on a Greener Tomorrow"
U.S. Postal Service Annual Sustainability Report 2011  -- "Sustainability. Putting Our Stamp on a Greener Tomorrow"
U.S. Postal Service Annual Sustainability Report 2011  -- "Sustainability. Putting Our Stamp on a Greener Tomorrow"
U.S. Postal Service Annual Sustainability Report 2011  -- "Sustainability. Putting Our Stamp on a Greener Tomorrow"
U.S. Postal Service Annual Sustainability Report 2011  -- "Sustainability. Putting Our Stamp on a Greener Tomorrow"
U.S. Postal Service Annual Sustainability Report 2011  -- "Sustainability. Putting Our Stamp on a Greener Tomorrow"
U.S. Postal Service Annual Sustainability Report 2011  -- "Sustainability. Putting Our Stamp on a Greener Tomorrow"
U.S. Postal Service Annual Sustainability Report 2011  -- "Sustainability. Putting Our Stamp on a Greener Tomorrow"
U.S. Postal Service Annual Sustainability Report 2011  -- "Sustainability. Putting Our Stamp on a Greener Tomorrow"
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  2. 2. 2011 United States Postal Service — Key Performance Indicators Units FY 2007 FY 2008 FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011Revenue $Billions $74.78 $74.93 $68.09 $67.05 $65.71Net profit (loss) $Billions ($5.14) ($2.81) ($3.79) ($8.50) ($5.07)Mail volume Billion pieces 212.23 202.70 176.74 170.57 167.93Delivery points Million points 147.99 149.19 150.12 150.86 151.49Career employees # of employees 684,762 663,238 623,128 581,775 557,251Post Offices, plants and administration # of facilities 34,318 34,175 33,264 33,620 33,260Greenhouse gas emissions1 Million MTC02e n/d 13.37 13.03 12.31 12.39Facility energy use2 Trillion BTU 30.1 30.7 25.7 23.8 25.1Transportation fuel use3 Million GGE 795.8 729.7 720.5 700.9 718.0Solid waste recycled Short tons n/d 288,211 219,649 221,655 215,8792011 USPS Sustainability Target Snapshot ▲ Achieving goal ● On-target ✖ Off-target ProgressFocus Objective and Target Baseline FY 2011 [% change Status from baseline]Greenhouse gas Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 20% by FY 2020 13.37 12.39 (7.4%) ●emissions (million MTCO2). FY 2008 33.72Facility energy use Reduce total facility energy use 30% by FY 2015 (trillion BTU). 25.08 (25.6%) ● FY 2003 Reduce total postal vehicle petroleum fuel use 20% by FY 2015 140.67 152.34 8.3% ✖ (million GGE). FY 2005Transportation Reduce total contract transportation petroleum fuel use 20% by 580.13 FY 2020 (million GGE). 563.14 (2.9%) ✖fuel FY 2008 4 Increase postal vehicle alternative fuel use 100% (i.e. 10% annually) 0.94 2.14 128.1% ● by FY 2015 (million GGE). FY 2005Solid waste 53% Divert 50% of solid waste from landfill to recycling by FY 2015. 46% (6.8%) ✖diversion–recycling 5 FY 2008 5,456Water reduction Reduce water use 10% by FY 2015 (million gallons). 4,064 (25.5%) ▲6 FY 2007Environmentally Increase the number of environmentally preferable products (EPP) 8,006 7 available in the supplier catalog 50% by FY 2015. 8,679 8.4 % ✖preferable products FY 2010Reduction of 508.4 Reduce spending on consumables 30% by FY 2020 ($ million). 314.9 (38.1%) ▲consumables FY 2008Notes: n/d: no historical data available results due to a leased fuel correction. 6 Water use baseline in 2007 was estimated1 Total GHG reported in million metric tons of carbon 4 A typographical error in the 2010 Annual using expenditures and unit cost. FY 2010 and dioxide (CO2) equivalents (MTC02e). Sustainability Report (ASR) listed the contract 2011 water use was based on an extrapolation transport goal baseline as FY 2005; the baseline is from actual facility water use data. FY 20112 Total facility energy reported in British Thermal FY 2008. extrapolation added more than 1,600 sites to Units (BTU). improve our water use estimates.3 Total transportation fuel use includes postal owned, 5 Restated target as “divert solid waste from landfills by 50%” from “reduce solid waste 50%” in 7 Re-stated the EPP count baseline to 8,006 from General Services Administration (GSA) leased, and previous reports to better reflect recycling progress 11,131 in the FY 2010 report due to changes in contract vehicle fuel use and is reported in Gasoline as a percentage of total solid waste generation. EPP counting practices. Gallon Equivalents (GGE). Restated 2007–2009
  3. 3. From the Postmaster GeneralLeaner, greener, smarter, fasterGood for the planet — and good for businessT  he United States Postal Service delivers the mail to every home and business in America. It’s a big job — and it takes a big organization to do it. We have almost 557,000 employees, more than213,000 vehicles and approximately 33,000 Post Offices andother facilities. Together, they form America’s most essentialcommunications network.This means our job isn’t over when the mail is delivered. The PostalService also has a special responsibility to make our organization assustainable as possible.Our mantra is “leaner, greener, smarter, faster.” To achieve thesegoals, we’re adjusting the size of our workforce and delivery network,eliminating waste, reducing energy consumption and encouragingour employees and customers to conserve. When the Postal Serviceis more efficient, everyone benefits.So please take a few moments to review our sustainability report.As you’ll see, the Postal Service is a big organization, and we’reworking hard to reduce our impact on the planet we all share.This is good for the environment, and it’s also good for business. Patrick R. Donahoe Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | iii
  4. 4. Message from the Chief Sustainability OfficerW  ith plans for significant network reducing facility energy use 30 percent by 2015 re‑alignment, the Postal Service continues to exceed our annual targets despite a slight is ushering in one of the most increase in facility energy use this year. transformational periods in its history.During this time of unprecedented change and We have been preparing a greenhouse gas emissioneconomic challenge, we have established targets to inventory every year since 2007, and we now offerlead our organization toward a more sustainable future. USPS BlueEarth™, our new carbon accounting serviceWe measure, and will continue to publically report so our business customers can determine their ownprogress toward our goals. We continue to work on carbon footprint for the mailing and shipping servicesnew strategies to reach our targets and define new and the Postal Service provides.better practices in support of our sustainability efforts. We continue our efforts to reduce the growth in fuelOur vision is to be a sustainability leader by building a use by optimizing our delivery routes and efficient useculture of conservation throughout the Postal Service. of our vehicle fleet. However, the number of deliveryWe will implement sustainable business practices by points we serve continues to grow even during theseengaging our employees, customers, suppliers, mail tough economic times. The net result is that deliveryservice providers and our federal peers. growth is outpacing our ability to improve efficiency.We have had many challenges and achievements In anticipation of an improved financial situation thatduring 2011. Our recycling efforts had a banner year will allow us to replace our existing fleet of vehicles,with $24 million in revenue. Our progress toward we continue to test alternative technologies. New types of alternative fuel vehicles were deployed for street testing, while some existing postal vehicles were retrofitted with new technology to understand how it may help improve our fleet efficiency. In 2011, we embarked on a special project to communicate “Green” directly to our customers with our Go Green stamps. We have featured the stamps throughout this report. The design team originally planned a four-stamp panel, but the enthusiasm and ideas for the project kept growing and eventually resulted in a 16-stamp panel (see front cover). We hope the excitement and pride experienced by our postal design team signal a broader willingness on the part of each of us to embrace more sustainable practices. Thomas G. Day Chief Sustainability Officeriv | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
  5. 5. About this reportT  he purpose of this report is to detail our USPS is committed to transparency and continues to corporate sustainability efforts and practices improve its data collection efforts used to measure and through 2011. We are now in the fourth year of analyze our performance. Within this report, results our corporate sustainability commitment and were calculated using actual information reportedhave increased our interpretive content from previous through internal databases or by estimation protocols.years by presenting additional charts and graphs. Data restatements or clarifications are footnoted on the inside front cover. We clarified our solid wasteAs a quick reference, a re-formatted performance performance target as “diverting 50 percent of oursnapshot can be found on the inside front cover to solid waste from landfill” and not as stated in oursummarize our key corporate indicators and report on 2010 report, to “reduce solid waste to landfill byprogress toward our corporate sustainability targets. 50 percent.” This more accurate description reflects our recycling progress as a percentage of total solidWe also included a Corporate Highlights sectionto review sustainability-focused events that waste generation. We also restated the environmentally preferable products counts to adjust for improvementsoccurred during 2011. Our corporate sustainability in product accounting.performance targets and practices are reviewed inthe Environmental Stewardship, Services and Product Lastly, we note our performance target baselineStewardship, and Supply Chain Stewardship sections. year(s) established to measure our progress over timeEmployee and community engagement are in the may vary. This is due in part by mandated federalPeople and Community section. regulatory baseline reporting year requirements for transportation fuel use and energy, and to better alignThis sustainability report is also provided online our performance targets with those established byat We encourage the reader to federal executive order.explore our sustainability website, which offersadditional content and features. The Postal Service Thank you for exploring this report and joining us onis a dynamic enterprise and we welcome the reader our sustainability take a look at our Annual Report to Congress andComprehensive Statement on Postal Operationsat to learn more about ourbusiness.Our reporting conforms to version 3.0 of theGlobal Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainabilityguidelines, the most widely respected internationalreporting standard for public sustainabilityperformance disclosure. Our updated 2011 GRIapplication statement and content index will beprovided upon receipt at more about GRI reporting at 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | v
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  7. 7. ContentsCorporate highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1Environmental stewardship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Carbon footprint: GHG emissions . . . . . . . . . . 5 Energy conservation and management . . . . . . . . 7 Fleet and transportation management . . . . . . . . 10 Waste reduction and recycling . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Water conservation and management . . . . . . . . 16 Environmental management and regulatory compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17Services and product stewardship . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Supply chain stewardship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21People and community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | vii
  8. 8. From left, Deputy Postmaster GeneralRonald Stroman discusses fuelcell technology with EngineeringSystems Vice President Mike Amatoand Technology Innovation ManagerHan Dinh.viii | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
  9. 9. Corporate highlightsGo Green stamps dedication ceremony “With these Go Green stamps, the Postal Service is reminding us of the important steps we can take each day to have an impact on the world around us,” Jackson said. Record performance turning trash to cash — nets $24 million in revenue Recycling not only helps the environment and reduces waste, it generates revenue for the Postal Service — $24.4 million in FY 2011. We recycled over 215,000 tons of material in 2011. By using our distribution network in new ways, improving contract services and working with recycling vendorsEPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. to maximize revenue through economies of scale, we are starting to see results.Stamps reflect our American culture, icons andlifestyles. As only the Postal Service can, we have Strong recyclable commodity pricing during 2011issued stamps on nearly every imaginable topic. Our played a part in our record revenue earnings, butGo Green stamps dedication ceremony was held the real story is a long-term strategy of continuousat Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High improvement.School in Washington, DC.Dedicating officials were Deputy Postmaster General USPS BlueEarth carbon accountingRon Stroman and Environmental Protection Agency service to be released in 2012(EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson. The new USPS BlueEarth carbon calculator developed“We’re creating a culture of conservation at the Postal in 2011 and scheduled for launch in 2012, providesService that will have a lasting impact in our workplace business customers with a carbon accountingand our communities,” Stroman said. “These Go Green statement for their mailing and shipping activity.stamps carry 16 simple, green messages that have thepower to help make the world a better place for us and Postal Service business customers are increasinglyfuture generations.” requesting information about the greenhouse gas emissions associated with USPS services. The calculator will use proprietary USPS methodology to calculate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and takes into consideration the type of shipping or mailing product, size and weight, how it’s processed and transported and the distance the package or envelope travels.DPMG Ronald Stroman, left, speaks with Moo Ho Bae, asenior at the Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, DC. 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | 1
  10. 10. Corporate highlights Climate Registry awards USPS gold status recognition for action on greenhouse gas emissions USPS was awarded Gold status by The Climate Registry for its leadership in reducing GHG emissions by more than 5 percent. The Postal Service is among the first of the Registry’s over 400 members and the first government agency to achieve the recognition. “Winning this Climate Registered Gold AwardThe report is designed to provide our business exemplifies the Postal Service’s efforts to reducecustomers with accurate GHG data they can then use greenhouse gases. Our sustainability effortsto calculate their own carbon footprint. USPS BlueEarth continue to be excellent examples of USPS as ancarbon accounting is a “no fee” service that will provide environmentally responsible organization. Our call tostatements monthly, quarterly and annually. action is to be leaner, greener, faster and smarter,” said Postmaster General Pat Donahoe.“The marketplace for carbon accounting is growing. Wesee this as a significant step forward in offering more “We’re doing our best to create a culture ofservices to our customers” said Chief Sustainability conservation throughout USPS. Our work toOfficer Tom Day. improve the environment demonstrates leadership in the adoption of sustainable business practices by employees, customers, suppliers, the mailing industry and federal government peers,” Day said.USPS recognized for GHG reduction. From left, Joe Corbett, CFO and executive vice president; Louis Atkins, president,National Association of Postal Supervisors; Frederic Rolando, president, National Association of Letter Carriers; PMG PatDonahoe; Tony Vegliante, chief Human Resources officer and executive vice president; Jeanette Dwyer, president, NationalRural Letter Carriers’ Association; Bob Rapoza, president, National Association of Postmasters of the United States; DPMGRon Stroman; John Hegarty, national president, National Postal Mail Handlers Union; Doug Tulino, vice president, LaborRelations; Tom Day, chief sustainability officer; Mark Strong, president, National League of Postmasters of the United States;and Megan Brennan, COO and executive vice president.2 | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
  11. 11. Corporate highlightsThe Climate Registry is a nonprofit collaboration amongNorth American states, provinces, territories and USPS completes environmentalnative sovereign nations, which sets consistent and assessment under Nationaltransparent standards to calculate, verify and publicly Environmental Policy Actreport GHG emissions in a single registry. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requiresLearn more about The Climate Registry at all federal agencies to implement policy goals to protect, maintain and enhance the environment. Knowing the importance of preparing environmentalDRIVE delivers results, innovation, assessments, the Postal Service announced plans during 2011 to undertake a mail processing networkvalue and efficiency for USPS rationalization initiative to create a more streamlined processing and distribution network using fewer facilities to handle an existing and projected decline in mail volumes. To understand whether operational changes from this initiative could impact the environment, we prepared an assessment in accordance with established NEPA and Postal Service regulations. The effort was started in October 2011 and completed in early 2012. We found that our network rationalization plans would have no significant adverse impacts to physical and cultural resources or quality of the environment.The Postal Service began a management processcalled DRIVE in 2011 to help it steer through anunprecedented period of organizational transformation. Energy awareness helps create aDRIVE stands for Delivering Results, Innovation, Value culture of conservation at USPSand Efficiency. “We’re changing our business model and looking toIt is a portfolio of strategic projects and initiatives save money and resources,” USPS Deputy Postmasterdesigned to help us achieve our ambitious General Ron Stroman told employees at an eventperformance and financial goals. DRIVE represents the in Washington, DC, kicking off National EnergyPostal Service’s commitment to maintain a viable and Awareness Month. “This includes a commitment toaffordable delivery network for our nation now and into sustainability and conserving energy,” Stroman said.the future. The effort starts with increasing operationalefficiency through better resource management and “We want to position the Postal Service as afostering sustainable practices. Sustainability, a core sustainability leader by creating a culture ofcorporate function within the DRIVE process, has conservation that engages our employees, customersset key initiatives, including ensuring federal, state and suppliers,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Tomand local compliance, reducing energy consumption Day at the event.and improving our sustainability culture by engagingemployees, customers and suppliers. Since 2003, the Postal Service has reduced total facility energy use by over 25 percent, nearly the amount of energy used by 90,000 average U.S. households in a year. USPS also reduced energy intensity, which is energy use per square foot of building space, by 22.4 percent in the same time period. 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | 3
  12. 12. Corporate highlights Supplier Sustainability Excellence award Each year the Postal Service recognizes supplier achievements that enable us to reduce costs, enhance services and provide us with sustainable business solutions. Carolina Cabinet Company was the recipient of our Supplier Sustainability Excellence Award for their performance during 2011, which included the design, manufacture and delivery of counters and casework for USPS retail lobbies. The company created modern designs using bamboo wood and other eco‑friendly materials that enhance the retail customer experience — and have resulted in lower costs for the Postal Service. Carolina Cabinet Company also was able to document its green manufacturing processes that reflect its larger commitment to recycling and energy-efficient lighting.Postal Service leadership traineesmake the case for sustainabilityThe Postal Service’s leadership programs are designedto develop high-performing leaders to meet thechanging needs of USPS into the future. They includea demanding curriculum offered over a six-monthperiod, with classroom instruction and mentoring byexisting and future executives on key topics in businessfinance, project management, leadership principlesand presentation skills. The programs culminate with abusiness case presentation.The 2011 classes were challenged with creating a“sustainability business growth model” to improveUSPS waste reduction and recycling and todevelop strategies to engage employees in GreenTeam initiatives. The participants used their newunderstanding of sustainability to present a businesscase of their findings before an executive review panelchaired by Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Day. The average U.S. household uses 95 million BTU a year. Learn more at http://buildingsdatabook.eren. | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
  13. 13. Environmental stewardshipW  e define our approach to environmental We are committed to transparency and third-party stewardship as taking responsibility for verification and continue to strive for continuous our choices and having a willingness improvement in our greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting. as a business to minimize our Since 2007, we have prepared an annual, third-partyenvironmental impacts. verified GHG emissions inventory to track our progress.We believe practicing sustainable environmental To report our GHG emissions, we are compliant withstewardship can allow us to derive business value established protocols set forth by The Climate Registry,from environmental excellence and holds the the International Post Corporation and under Federalpotential for decreasing our environmental impact, Executive Order 13514.increasing operational efficiencies, evaluatingalternatives and improving financial performance. We track our emissions against established corporate GHG targets. Our overall target is to reduce GHGWe have established policies for regulatory emissions 20 percent by FY 2020 using FY 2008 asconformance, pollution prevention and sustainable a baseline.practices to reduce our environmental footprintover time. We review how our business may impactthe environment and have established targets andreduction strategies for greenhouse gas emissions,energy, transportation fuel use, waste reduction andwater conservation.We measure progress toward these targets andcontinually evaluate new ideas and best practicesto reach them. We don’t believe there is anysingle or quick fix. Rather, the key is our corporatecommitment to practicing sustainability over time.The Environmental Stewardship sections in thisreport review our progress and strategies towardachieving our targets.Carbon footprint: GHG emissionsTaking steps now to reduce our carbon footprinthas become part of the Postal Service’s overallenvironmental stewardship strategy.We believe looking at our carbon footprint can offernew opportunities to evaluate less carbon-intensivepractices and has the potential to drive greaterefficiencies and reduce costs in how we use ournatural resources.We also believe it may inspire new customer-driven products and services, such as our USPSBlueEarth carbon accounting service. 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | 5
  14. 14. Environmental stewardship ✔✔ CARBON FOOTPRINT Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions Total greenhouse gas emissions Target Target: Reduce GHG emissions 20% by FY 2020 from FY 2008 baseline (Scope 1, 2 and 3). 2008 5.28 8.09 13.37 Progress: Total GHG emissions from FY 2008 to (Baseline) FY 2011 decreased overall by 7.4% or by almost 985,000 metric tons. Total GHG emissions increased from FY 2010 to FY 2011 by 0.7% or 83,000 metric 2009 5.03 8.01 13.03 tons. Our overall 7.4% decrease in GHG emissions is nearly equal to removing 200,000 passenger vehicles from 2010 4.78 7.52 12.31 the road for a year. WHAT ARE CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) EQUIVALENTS? 2011 4.70 7.69 12.39 The CO2 equivalent is a metric that many 0 5 10 15 organizations use to report their total GHG emissions Million Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalents in terms of CO2. Emissions from non CO2 GHG are compared to CO2 based on their global warming Scope 1 and 2 Scope 3 potential, with CO2 having a global warming potential of 1. Learn more about CO2 equivalents at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website: To better evaluate the full range of our GHG emissions, On Oct. 5, 2009, President we also have set individual performance targets for our Obama signed Executive Order Scope 1 and 2 emissions and Scope 3 emissions. 13514 to establish an integrated The Postal Service goal for Scope 1 and 2 GHG strategy toward sustainability emissions is a 20 percent reduction by FY 2020, using in the federal government and FY 2008 as a baseline. The Postal Service defines its Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions boundaries as to make reductions in GHG Scope 1 direct GHG emissions from the combustion emissions a priority. of fossil fuels in owned boilers, furnaces and vehicles, and Scope 2 indirect GHG emissions from steam and The executive order requires electricity purchases. agencies to measure, manage In FY 2011, our Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions and reduce GHG emissions decreased 11 percent, or 583,000 metric tons since toward agency-defined targets. baseline FY 2008. As a self-funded agency, the The Postal Service goal for Scope 3 GHG emissions is a 20 percent reduction by FY 2020 using FY 2008 as a Postal Service voluntarily baseline. The Postal Service defines its Scope 3 GHG conforms to the executive order emissions boundaries to include contract vehicle GHG reporting protocol. fuel use, employee travel, contract waste disposal, transmission and distribution losses from electricity purchases, buildings with fully serviced leases and contracted waste disposal and wastewater treatment operations.6 | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
  15. 15. Environmental stewardship amount of energy it takes to power 270,000 homes The Postal Service is the largest a year. Because of our facility energy requirements, member of the International Post we have both a business need and an environmental Corporation (IPC), a cooperative responsibility for conservation and efficiency. association of 24 members in We have aggressive energy reduction targets and Europe, North America and the are making significant progress in lowering energy consumption and cost. Asia Pacific Regions. Facility energy reduction We participate in the IPC We established two facility energy targets: to reduce sustainability efforts to coordinate both our total facility energy consumption and our postal industries around the globe facility energy intensity 30 percent by FY 2015 using in reducing their carbon footprint. FY 2003 as the baseline. We continued to make progress toward our FY 2015 targets even with a slight We report our carbon emission increase in facility energy use during 2011. As a federal agency, the Postal Service has aligned our facility inventory to the IPC each energy targets with the Energy Independence and calendar year using the IPC Security Act of 2007. Environmental Measuring and How does an organization with hundreds of thousands Monitoring System protocol. of employees and tens of thousands of buildings go about reducing energy? No one-size-fits-all technologyIn FY 2011, Scope 3 GHG emissions increased over or approach works for such a large and diverseFY 2010 but have demonstrated an overall decreasing business as the Postal Service.trend by 5 percent or 402,000 metric tons since Our energy management practices include improvingbaseline FY 2008. our understanding of how we use energy so we canThere are many factors that contribute to GHG make informed decisions, investing in our buildingsemissions. Progress toward reducing our GHG with energy efficient technology and fostering afootprint starts with understanding what segments conservation culture.of our operations impact GHG emissions and thendeveloping goals and practices toward reducing them.The Postal Service has set goals for energy andvehicle performance. In fact, the Postal Service is thefirst federal agency to add energy and fuel reductionmetrics to our managers’ national performanceassessment score. Learn more about GHGemissions at the U.S. EPA website: Conservation and ManagementThe Postal Service’s inventory of over 33,000 buildings,totaling 280 million square feet of floor space, is thelargest retail network in the country. It takes a lot ofenergy to run all those facilities.In FY 2011, our energy costs were over $577 million,as we consumed 25 trillion BTU. That is nearly the 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | 7
  16. 16. Environmental stewardship Total facility energy use Total Facility Energy Use ✔✔ FACILITY ENERGY USE Target 2003 33.7 Target: Reduce total facility energy consumption (BTU) and energy-use intensity (BTU/sf of building space) 2004 34.6 30% by FY 2015 from a FY 2003 baseline. 2005 37.3 Progress: Total facility energy consumption was 2006 36.4 reduced overall from FY 2003 to FY 2011 by 8.6 trillion 2007 30.1 BTU or 25.6%. Total facility energy use increased from FY 2010 to FY 2011 by 5.4% or 1.3 trillion BTU. Total 2008 30.7 facility energy use intensity (BTU/sf) was reduced 22.4% since FY 2003. 2009 25.7 2010 23.8 The Postal Service total facility energy use reduction of 25% is nearly equivalent to the amount of energy used 2011 25.1 by 90,000 average U.S. households in a year. 0 10 20 30 40 50 Trillion BTUEnergy measurement and auditing efforts have We continued to employ rigorous technical anddriven development of energy management systems financial evaluation processes to review our buildingsto better quantify and evaluate our energy use. Our for energy improvement, capital investment funding andUtility Management System now provides data on energy impacting repair and alterations projects.approximately 75 percent of USPS utility consumption.Utility cost and consumption data are used along with Two examples highlight our facility energy investmentour Enterprise Energy Management System data, achievements during 2011 are:which helps us measure, monitor and compare facility ■■ The 392,000-square-foot Detroit network distributionenergy use. center was upgraded with advanced lighting andUSPS continually checks its energy performance heating/cooling systems. The change saves nearlytracking methods. After submitting the FY 2011 $470,000 and 34.8 billion BTU in energy, almostAnnual GHG and Sustainability Data Report to the equal to 350 U.S. households annually.federal government, our further review discovered The building was retrofitted with energy-efficientinconsistencies in the way heating fuels are identified in fluorescent lighting. Also, photo sensors enhance thesource data systems. In FY 2012, we are evaluating the work environment with natural light and occupancyeffect of accounting for the discrepancy. If a resulting sensors eliminate unnecessary lighting.change in total BTU consumed or energy intensity The boiler and chiller plant, along with dozens of airin BTU/GSF is significant, USPS will restate this handler units, were upgraded to avoid unnecessaryperformance in the 2012 Annual Sustainability Report. heating and cooling, saving energy and water. Digital controls automatically program thermostats andThis information, along with data from the completion allow outside air intake, providing “free” coolingof over 350 energy audits in 2011, enable us to better during temperate weather. Large fans were installedtarget energy investment projects and facility energy to provide better air mixing. Water-efficient, low-flowmanagement opportunities. aerators on lavatory faucets save water and heatingFacility energy impacting projects totaled over costs.1,000 by the end of 2011, producing an impressive ■■ The Palatine, IL, Processing and Distributionachievement — an estimated energy reduction of Center is saving $510,000 annually due to lighting1 trillion BTU per year. That is expected to result in and heating/cooling system upgrades. Theannual savings of $22 million. 591,000-square-foot facility yielded annual savings of nearly 25.2 billion BTU in energy, equal to 250 U.S. households annually.8 | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
  17. 17. Environmental stewardship Computerized lighting controls and energy efficient 21,000 notebook computers and 85,000 printers. Our fluorescent fixtures were installed throughout the network printers have the default set to duplex printing workroom floor. Occupancy sensors were put in (front and back). Paper is made from a minimum administrative and support areas to eliminate lighting 30 percent post-consumer recycled content and the unoccupied space. HVAC upgrades included Postal Service has an established recycling program digital controls to improve outside air intake and for ink and toner cartridges. IT has consolidated the automatically regulate thermostats. purchasing options for printer, copier, fax machine, and New variable speed drive fans and pumps run only multifunctional device to better manage equipment when needed, avoiding unnecessary energy use. quality and network support services. Power-saving These improvements reduce energy and water mode and energy-efficient monitors have been evaporation loss during cooling tower operations. incorporated into employee computer workstations.As we look to the future, continued capital investment These features all act to reduce energy and thein energy project funding must take into account purchase of consumables, key Postal Serviceour current financial constraints. Consideration of performance targets. The widespread use of onlinealternative financing, including exploring renewable web and video conferencing services continues toenergy opportunities, where cost effective, may offer accelerate internal communications while reducingcompetitive financial and environmental benefits. employee travel and our carbon footprint. The Postal Service has become the second largest user of CiscoFostering a conservation culture remains key to our Unified MeetingPlace™ services, with an average ofcorporate energy management effort. By purposefully 10,000,000 minutes per month.integrating our energy data collection tools to specificfacility energy opportunities, along with educatingand promoting employee energy awareness, we striveto continuously drive behavioral change within ourorganization.Data Center and IT Network ServicesData centers may consume 10 to 100 times morepower than a typical office building. Over the pastseveral years, the Postal Service has consolidated itsdata center operations into two locations: Eagan, MN,and San Mateo, CA. We have begun benchmarkingdata center operations by measuring power usageeffectiveness (PUE), which characterizes overall datacenter efficiency.The PUE is becoming the standard performancebenchmark in data center energy management. It willhelp manage our data center energy footprint andenvironmental impacts along with the ever increasingneed to upgrade information technology services.We have implemented a number of energy efficiencypractices, including virtualization, or running differentoperating systems on the same hardware, as well asimprovements to cooling, heating and temperaturecontrol systems.IT services group continues to introduce green networkstrategies. The Postal Service network supportsand maintains nearly 125,000 desktop computers, 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | 9
  18. 18. Environmental stewardshipFleet and transportation management Delivery route optimization: USPS IT technology at work How we go about traveling to our daily delivery destinations makes a difference in the amount of fuel we use and overall emissions we produce. We have developed an advanced innovative web tool called WebCOR to help optimize carrier delivery routes. The software provides computer modeling to configure carrier delivery routes to determine safe and more efficient lines of travel. The program makes objective decisions based on data and mail volumes to reduce unnecessary travel and mileage. Benefits include improved safety and a reduction in fuel and energy. By using optimization in FY 2011, we eliminated more thanTo maintain our delivery commitment to the nation, the 6,800 delivery routes, while at the same time seeingPostal Service operates the largest civilian vehicle fleet growth in new city and rural delivery points by overin the United States. 735,000. WebCORThis vast delivery infrastructure offers both challenges softwareand opportunities in vehicle performance. Vehicle helps createemissions are a primary contributor of greenhouse more efficientgases and also impact air quality. Vehicle maintenance deliveryservices may generate regulated wastes and fueling routes.operations that can impact land and water resources.USPS has established vehicle fleet performance targetsto reduce petroleum consumption for our postal-owned fleet and contract transportation partners. Wealso have an established target to increase the use ofalternate fuels. As a federal agency, we are required toreport petroleum use reduction efforts and alternativefuel utilization to the U.S. Department of Energyannually in accordance with the Energy Policy Act The postal-owned vehicle fleetof 2005. The fleet of vehicles we own is used mainly to deliver mail from local Post Offices to the communities weReducing overall petroleum consumption continues serve. For two decades, the core of our vehicle fleetto be a challenge, because the total number of annual has been the long-life vehicle (LLV), which traveleddelivery points that our vehicles must travel to serve an average of about 18.5 miles per day in FY 2011. Itour customers continues to grow. Our present strategy presently makes up the largest portion of our deliveryis to reduce petroleum consumption by optimizing routes and vehicle fleet size. To reduce theenvironmental impact of our vehicle maintenance The LLV is custom designed for right-hand-side drivingoperations, we have established polices and best and made to withstand rigorous driving conditions ofpractices, such as pollution prevention and having up to 500 stops and starts a day. Our current planclosed-loop contract services to reuse and minimize is to sustain our existing LLV fleet through continuedwaste generation. maintenance while we decide on longer-term fleet options.10 | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
  19. 19. Environmental stewardship✔✔ POSTAL-OWNED PETROLEUM FUEL USE Postal-owned vehicle fleet snapshotTarget: Reduce postal vehicle petroleum fuel use 20% Total Rural by FY 2015 from FY 2005 baseline. Total Total Petroleum and City Vehicle Miles Year Consumption DeliveryProgress: Postal vehicle petroleum fuel use increased Fleet Size Traveled (in GGE) Points from FY 2005 to FY 2011 by 8.3% or 11.7 million GGE. (Billions) (Millions) Postal vehicle petroleum fuel use increased from FY 2010 to FY 2011 by 4.6% or 6.8 million GGE. 2008 221,047 1.269 146.8 126.38 The Postal Service added over 735,000 new city and 2009 218,687 1.249 145.4 127.38 rural delivery points during FY 2011. 2010 215,625 1.258 145.6 128.08 WHAT IS A GGE? 2011 213,881 1.292 152.3 128.82 Gasoline gallon equivalent or GGE is a factor that Postal-owned vehicle fleet size trends lower through delivery describes the number of gallons of a fuel, other than route optimization initiatives, while rural and city delivery points gasoline, which has the equivalent amount of energy the Postal Service must service year to year continues to as 1 gallon of gasoline. It is commonly used when increase. comparing alternative fuel, such as ethanol usage to gasoline. Learn more about fuel reduction planning and GGE at the U.S. Department of Energy website: network optimization efforts have increased Fuel market volatility risk remains a key concerndelivery efficiency, which has lowered the overall to providing affordable mail service, since thegrowth rate of petroleum fuel use. We track and report Postal Service does not pass on fuel surchargesour postal-owned fleet petroleum fuel use against an to customers. Alternative fuel technology is oneestablished target. strategy to manage this risk. Our use of alternative fuel technology will adjust as the marketplace for alternativeThrough network optimization, our vehicle fleet size fuel technology continues to evolve. Our performancewas reduced by 1,700 vehicles during FY 2011 by target tracks total alternative fuel use across the fulleliminating 6,800 delivery routes. Despite that reduction spectrum of alternative fuel-capable vehicles in ourin vehicles, our postal-owned vehicle fleet increased fleet.its petroleum fuel consumption by 6.8 million gasoline 2011 Alternative fuel-capable vehicle fleetgallon equivalent (GGE) compared to FY 2010. That snapshotchange was due in large part to growth in new ruraland city delivery points. Type No. of AFV Ethanol (E85)/gasoline 39,754Alternative fuel vehiclesWe have been testing and operating alternative fuel Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) 227vehicles for decades. We currently have vehicles Electric 35capable of running on compressed natural gas, Propane 30ethanol, electric, propane and biodiesel. Deliveryvehicles that can run on ethanol, or E85, make up the Conventional hybrid 910largest part of our alternative fuel fleet due to that fuel’s Total AFV 2011 40,956accessibility. USPS operates a diverse fleet of alternative-fuelThe heavy use demands on our fleet vehicles are vehicles and has been in the forefront of testinga challenge to alternative fuel vehicle technology alternative-fuel vehicle terms of environmental performance, reliability,available support infrastructure and necessary capitalinvestment. 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | 11
  20. 20. Environmental stewardship Alternative Fuel Vehicle Use Alternative fuel vehicle use ✔✔ POSTAL-OWNED ALTERNATIVE Target FUEL USE 0.94 2005 (Baseline) Target: Increase total alternative fuel use 0.76 2006 100% (10% annually) by FY 2015 from FY 2005 baseline. 0.80 2007 Progress: Total alternative fuel use 2008 1.52 increased from FY 2005 to FY 2011 by 128% or 1.2 million GGE. Alternative fuel use 2.01 2009 decreased from FY 2010 to FY 2011 by 2% or 43,000 GGE. 2.19 2010 Postal-owned alternative fuel use is on target 2.14 2011 to reach our FY 2015 goal. 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 Million Gasoline Gallon Equivalent (GGE)Highlights in our alternative fuel fleet operations in operational efficiency of our delivery fleet, the Postal2011 include: Service solicited suppliers to submit proposals to repower the LLV drive-train. Solicitations were issuedElectric LLV conversion. Contract awards were for both gasoline and diesel repowered drive-trainissued to five electric vehicle suppliers to convert technology. Contract awards were issued during 2011.five gasoline-powered LLVs to all-electric vehicles. The repowered drive-train vehicles are scheduled to beEach supplier offered a distinct technology approach, deployed in 2012 in the Washington, DC, metropolitanproviding the Postal Service an opportunity to evaluate area for testing and fuel efficiency performance.current state-of-the-art technology. During 2011,after extensive testing at a Department of Energy(DOE) facility, the five all-electric drive train LLVs weredelivered to USPS for deployment at delivery locationsin the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.Electric 2-ton vehicle testing. We began testing10 Navistar eStar 2-ton electric step vans in 2011. (Seeback cover.) The vehicles are rated for up to 100 mileson a single charge and can be fully recharged in six toeight hours.The program is part of the America Recovery andReinvestment Act funded through DOE. The fullyelectric vehicles are being field tested in three locations:Los Angeles, CA; Manhattan, NY; and Fairfax, VA; overa multi-year period to collect data on fuel efficiency,energy use, maintenance and vehicle utilization.Repowering LLVs. Several advancements inautomotive technology have occurred since the LLVwas introduced into the postal fleet in 1987. In an effortto determine how this technology could improve the12 | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
  21. 21. Environmental stewardshipContract transportation partners Vehicle fleet maintenance operations practicingOur contract transportation partners fleet includes pollution preventionhighway vehicles, employee-owned vehicles used We continue to employ greener practices at our vehicleto deliver mail and transportation by rail, ship and fleet maintenance operations by implementing pollutionair. Contract operators must transport mail between prevention strategies. Used motor oil, transmission fluidprocessing facilities and regionally. They are a and antifreeze generated at our vehicle maintenancesignificant contributor to our total petroleum use facilities are picked up for recycling by an authorizedand currently represent over 40 percent of our GHG contractor.inventory. Our present strategy is to achieve reductionsin petroleum fuel use by our contract transportation We purchase re-refined motor oil and recycledvehicle operations through continued optimization antifreeze to run our vehicles. Up to 85 percent lessof our network. Our performance target takes into energy is consumed in the re-refining of used oilaccount total petroleum fuel use from a variety of compared to traditional refining of crude oil, so its usesources that provide contract transportation services. reduces our carbon footprint. A newly signed contract also will include the purchase of re-refined automatic transmission fluid for our vehicles. We have found Contract transportation fuel purchasing recycled product is of the same or greater is a significant contribution to quality as new products, and through economies of scale and innovative contracting, pricing is the same or total fleet fuel use. Contract below the cost of new products. transportation provides regional We also use re-treaded tires in our vehicle fleet. The network service and may travel Postal Service has a national contract service to re- longer distances. Optimization tread used tires that our fleet generates. Retreads are and network operation not only cost effective, but they are also dependable, efficiencies are key strategies to reliable and safe. minimizing the growth of contract transportation fuel use. Total fuel vehicle use Total Vehicle Fuel Use ✔✔ CONTRACT TRANSPORTATION 2008 581.4 148.3 729.7 FUEL USE Target: Reduce contract transportation petroleum fuel use 20% by FY 2020 from 2009 573.2 147.4 720.5 FY 2008 baseline. Progress: Contract transportation petroleum use decreased from FY 2008 to FY 2011 2010 553.2 147.8 700.9 by 2.9% or 17 million GGE. Contract transportation increased from FY 2010 to FY 2011 by 1.9% or 10.4 million GGE. 2011 563.5 154.5 718.0 Contract transportation fuel use represents over 40% of our GHG inventory. 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 Million Gasoline Gallon Equivalent (GGE) Fuel use: Contract and GSA-Leased Transport Postal-Owned 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | 13
  22. 22. Environmental stewardship Reduce and re-use A large component of our waste stream is Standard Mail bulk-priced mail pieces, such as printed matter, flyers, circulars and advertising that can’t be forwarded or returned. Reducing the amount of undeliverable Standard Mail that enters our network is key, and in 2008 USPS created the “Move Update” standard, which requires large mailers to more frequently match their address records with USPS change-of-address records. We extended “Move Update” to Standard Mail, which has further decreased the amount of undeliverable mail entering the system — another important factor in reducing overall waste generation. Mail transport equipment. Sorting and moving mail requires an array of rolling equipment, pallets, containers and trays all commonly referred to as mailWaste reduction and recyclingWaste reduction and recycling have significantenvironmental benefits. Recycling keeps waste out of ✔✔ SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLINGlandfills and avoids landfill fees. It’s less energy and Target: Divert solid waste sent to landfill 50% bywater intensive, decreases GHG and conserves natural FY 2015 from FY 2008 baseline.resources. Progress: Recycled 46% of solid waste in FY 2011Simply put, recycling helps sustain the environment. or more than 215,000 tons of solid waste recycledWe have been active participants in EPA’s WasteWise and sent 252,000 tons to landfill.program, which supports and assists businesses in The Postal Service generated over $24.4 million inworking toward eliminating waste disposal costs. In recycling revenue during 2011.FY 2011, we recycled over 215,000 tons of material.This reduced our carbon footprint, and moreimportantly, kept these recyclables out of landfills. 2011 Material Recycling Composition MetalWe have put significant effort into improving our Tiresrecycling, and believe we have developed a long- Plasticterm sustainable recycling business model for ourorganization.The next several years will prove very challengingas mail volume continues to drop and our network, Mixedwhich underpins our recycling efforts, undergoes Recyclablesconsolidation and re-alignment. In meeting this Mixed Paperchallenge, we will make the necessary adjustments toour recycling business model to stay on track. CardboardWe established a zero waste proof of concept over thelast several years and set an overall target for reducingour waste. Our approach is to focus on efforts toreduce, reuse and recycle our waste.14 | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
  23. 23. Environmental stewardshiptransport equipment, or MTE. The containers we use launched in 2009. More than 10,000 locations noware designed for durability and extending their life even offer customers lobby mail recycling. This effortlonger can reduce replacement and waste disposal continues to reduce waste being sent to landfills.costs. Regulated waste management and recycling. WeWe have established guidelines to make better re‑use have been active in reducing and better managingof our mail transportation equipment at Post Offices regulated wastes such as electronic waste or e-waste,and processing centers. To redistribute, repair and and universal waste (i.e., batteries), through value-replace our MTE, the Postal Service operates a based recycling contracting services and pollutionnetwork of mail transportation equipment service prevention strategies. These approaches not onlycenters across the country. reduce risk, but also drive efficiencies that benefit our bottom line. By continuous efforts to improve theseIn FY 2011, our service centers recycled over contracting tools, we are starting to see results.5,000 tons of MTE that could not be repaired orreused, resulting in $1.7 million in recycling revenue. Electronic waste. We participate in a federal working group sponsored by the Office of the FederalRecycling and value-based contracting — reverse Environmental Executive and have established e-wastelogistics stewardship practices.By using our distribution network in new ways, such E-waste may contain heavy metals like lead, cadmiumas reverse logistics, we can increase recycling tonnage and mercury that are harmful to human health andthrough economies of scale. the environment. To properly manage e-waste,We can use value-based recycling contracts that we developed three core principles: secure datainclude revenue sharing, along with performance destruction, recycle and reuse, and avoid landfill waste.tracking and reporting. A centerpiece of our effort has been to use our existingThis is central to the Postal Service sustainability transportation network to centralize collection ofmission. We know that if it isn’t measured, it isn’t e-waste. Using secure mail transport containers, wemanaged. To reduce costs and increase revenue, ship e-waste using regular equipment return routeswe backhaul recyclables such as mixed paper from from processing centers to our materials distributionlocal Postal Offices during daily return trips to our center in Topeka, KS.distribution centers.This allows facilities that aren’t geographically neareach other to cost-effectively participate in large-scalerecycling. At the same time, it avoids solid-wastedisposal costs and landfilling.Also, by using our existing transportation network, weavoid fees from recycling vendors who would makecostly stops at each local office. In FY 2011, more than12,000 facilities participated in the backhaul recyclingprogram, recycling more than 215,000 tons of mixedpaper, cardboard, plastic and scrap metal — andearning $24.4 million in recycling revenue.We also encourage customers to recycle by askingthem to discard unwanted mail in Post Office lobbyrecycling bins, instead of our trash cans. Our “Read,Respond and Recycle” mail lobby campaign was 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | 15
  24. 24. Environmental stewardshipThis allows us to consolidate e-waste from around thecountry. By taking advantage of economies of scale, Water conservation and managementwe have been able to participate in no cost e-waste Stewardship of our water resources is essential tocollection and revenue-sharing contract partnerships. our environment and health. The energy needed toIn FY 2011, our Topeka materials distribution center heat, move and treat water also impacts two of ourrecycled over 700 tons of e-waste, resulting in key performance targets: energy use and our carbon$345,000 in revenue sharing. footprint. Our business is not water-use intensive, but we can do our part where it counts. Our waterLithium ion batteries. The Postal Service awarded stewardship management efforts are designed toa revenue-sharing contract for recycling lithium ion reduce water consumption and minimize our impact onbatteries used for our Intelligent Mail scanning devices. water quality.More than 350,000 of these handheld devices have Most of the water we use is for restrooms, irrigationbeen widely deployed throughout USPS to capture and cooling and maintenance activities to support ourand share information about each mail piece as it facilities. We are taking the first steps to set targets andmoves through our system. Each lithium ion battery is better understand our water footprint and consumptionrechargeable and has a two-year life span. patterns. We estimated our 2008 and 2009 waterWe expanded this effort to include all spent lithium use by using expenditures and unit cost. Beginningion batteries used in laptop computers, power tools, in 2010, we expanded the data collection capabilitiescameras, two-way radios and other devices. By using of our national utility management system to includeour network, the Postal Service has increased recycling actual facility water use data. In 2011, we added overof these batteries from 1,200 pounds in 2010 to 1,600 facilities into the system to improve our water usealmost 10,000 pounds in 2011, resulting in more than estimates.$2,500 in revenue sharing.Tritium exit signs. USPS has been actively replacing ✔✔ WATERtritium signs throughout our network. Although tritiumexit signs pose little or no threat to public health, Target: Reduce water use 10% by FY 2020 fromthe Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires proper FY 2007 baseline.recordkeeping and disposal of all radioactive materials. Progress: Water use was reduced from FY 2007 toOur reclamation contract has been active since 2009 FY 2011 by 25.5%, or 1.4 billion gallons. Waterand has resulted in recycling several hundred of these consumption decreased from FY 2010 to FY 2011signs within our organization. Learn more about NRC by 17% or 819 million gallons.tritium exit sign disposal at USPS has over 33,000 facilities across our entirereading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/fs-tritium.html/. network, so collecting water-use data is a challenge. However, we continue to work to measure our water footprint.16 | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
  25. 25. Environmental stewardship Environmental management and regulatory compliance Each year the Postal Service performs environmental reviews at our facilities to assist in maintaining compliance with regulations, minimize risk and uphold best practices. In 2011, we conducted over 400 facility environmental reviews and third-party tank inspections at over 150 locations. Our review program focuses on facilities with regulated activities, such as water and air permits, hazardous waste handling and underground storage tanks and fueling locations, which are more likely to be at risk of non-compliance. The program conducts regulatory reviews at these facilities and evaluates non-regulatory deficiencies that could lead to non-compliance. These proactive environmental reviews benefit theWe have taken a more direct approach to reducing our organization by identifying and correcting deficienciesimpact on water quality. According to the EPA, nonpoint and instilling best practices to maintain compliance.source pollution remains the nation’s largest sourceof water degradation. This type of pollution occursfrom rainfall and snowmelt, or when irrigation picks uppollutants and deposits them into bodies of water. Itis less noticeable and tends to happen slowly, so it ismore difficult to control.Runoff from postal fleet vehicle washing may negativelyaffect water quality. It may contain detergents, grit,sediments and vehicle fluids that can be releasedinto the environment. To mitigate these impacts, ourcentralized contract services require all vehicle washingcontractors to use wash water recovery and wastewater disposal as part of their service.Learn more about nonpoint sourcepollution at the U.S. EPA website: 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | 17
  26. 26. The several dollars per thousand “Those are real changes in terms on the price. And we’re always of improved forest management working to maximize delivery as well as continued growth in Business Case efficiencies.” recycling post-consumer fibers.” for Green Says Brophy: “Incorporating green-friendly marketing practices helps us align our business Technology keeps improving Jerry Cerasale, senior vice Adapted from Deliver Magazine. See full article practices with our mission, which president for government at: Printed with is to serve the consumer interest.” affairs for the Direct Marketing permission. Association (DMA), says that I t’s not always easy going The forest for the trees a majority of national print green — but many marketers companies purchase certified Consumer Reports isn’t alone paper and soy-based ink. are finding that the benefits of in making green a focus of its eco-friendly messaging can be business efforts. Currently, “There have been vast well worth the effort. 5,000 businesses in the improvements in the technology As the director of publishing United States and Canada in making soy-based ink,” operations for Consumer Reports are certified by the nonprofit Cerasale says. “I’d say that every magazine, Meta Brophy marketer I know uses it.” has witnessed firsthand Indeed, the biggest the impact of eco- leap has occurred friendly marketing on a among printers. business’s bottom line. According to Cerasale, In recent years, Brophy they are 100-percent and her colleagues environmentally have worked diligently conscious. “They are to incorporate green trimming paper sizes principles into the the best they can and publication’s marketing recycling every bit of practices. For instance, scrap in their plant,” he they have become more reports. “If there is a bad conscientious about paper stock, Forest Stewardship Council run, they recycle that paper. It’s a mailing frequency, envelopes and (FSC), a non-governmental win-win for them. They’re greener nearly every other element of advocate for responsible forest and it saves them money.” the magazine’s mail advertising. management, meaning they Marketers are also are doing a The payoff, she says, has been follow FSC guidelines to ensure better job in reducing the number tremendous. environmentally sound forestry of mailings that are duplicates practices. and/or undeliverable as “We have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last That number includes some of addressed. In addition, Cerasale six-plus years by implementing the largest companies in the says an increasing number have new, and changing existing, world, including many direct begun to reduce the amount of programs,” says Brophy. “We’ve marketing giants, according to Ian paper used in packaging. switched to lighter weight papers. Hanna, U.S. director of business But there is still work to be done. We produce more open-window development for the FSC. Cerasale said the DMA would envelopes, thereby eliminating “This has taken the market to a like to see all envelopes and the need for window patch place of ubiquity,” Hanna says. stationery mail stamped with the material — which can save logo “Please Recycle.”18 | 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report
  27. 27. Services and product stewardshipF  rom offering a semipostal stamp to support We make it easy for customers to do business with wildlife conservation that has raised more us from the comfort of their homes or offices. Almost than $620,000 to delivering on services anything you can do at the Post Office, you can do and products that support environmental online at, from purchasing postage-paidstewardship, we are actively helping the environment. shipping labels and scheduling free package pickups, to changing your address or putting your mail on hold, to buying stamps and ordering packaging and supplies. We encourage our customers to “skip the trip” and do it all through the Internet. Doing your postal business online not only adds convenience and saves time and fuel costs — it benefits the environment. Our calculator shows the amount of fuel, moneyWe continue to look at providing more market-driven and greenhouse gas emissions you save based onsolutions for environmental products and services that how far you drive, your car’s fuel efficiency and howcan be supported by our network. often you go to the Post Office. Check it out at new product carbon accounting service, USPSBlueEarth, is an example of our dedication and Eco-responsible packaging and productssupport for the sustainability efforts of our customers, We continue to evaluate how we can offer ouras well as a way for us to better understand our own customers more green products, while maintaining highenvironmental impacts. quality and affordability. Protecting the contents of the products we ship is our top priority. Quality counts.Our website,, spotlights wayscustomers can also save money, do business with the USPS has partnered with suppliers to ensure thatPostal Service and help the environment. Business the design and manufacturing of stamps, postcards,mailers can find out how to be “environmailists” Priority Mail and Express Mail boxes and envelopesby creating effective direct mail and engagement use recyclable material where possible. Many ofcampaigns that minimally impact the environment. our signature product lines have been certified by a 2011 USPS Annual Sustainability Report | 19