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Post Office reduces fuel costs, pushes ride-sharing postage stamps

The Post Office's Go Green Forever stamps remind Americans to consider using ride sharing and public transportation as easy ways to save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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“The Postal Service became a lot greener last year,” Thomas Day, chief sustainability officer for the U.S. Postal Service, told reporters today in Washington.

“From fiscal years 2008 to 2010, we reduced our total greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent, the equivalent of taking more than 204,000 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year.”

Included in the greenhouse emissions reductions are emissions from sources that include employee commuting. The Postal Service’s reductions, Day says, can be attributed in part to the agency’s culture of conservation and a commitment to sustainable business practices and employee green initiatives.

The Post Office encourages employees to share rides and use public transportation whenever possible to help save fuel and cut down on emissions.

“Postal Service employees take pride in conserving fuel, energy and other resources,” Day said.

“More than 400 Lean Green teams work to implement low- and no-cost ways to conserve natural resources and reduce costs, and they helped USPS save more than $5 million in fiscal year 2010 alone. Leaner, greener, faster and smarter is our sustainability call to action. It’s environmentally responsible and a good business decision.”

Reach TN's Hawke Fracassa at [email protected] or (248) 747-1550. Follow him on Twitter @HawkeFracassa.

Image source: USPS

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