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Scoring sustainability

The Postal Service recently released its 2014 Office of Management and Budget Sustainability Scorecard.

According to Federal Environmental Executive Kate Brandt, the federal government is the largest energy consumer in the U.S. economy, and agencies’ improvements in energy efficiency and reductions in cost and waste are already making a difference.

We’re proud to be a part of this effort.

The scorecard is mandated by an executive order directing federal government agencies to publicly report their sustainability goals. As a self-supporting agency we are not required to meet these requirements, yet, whenever possible, we set goals and adopt policies to meet requirements.

Here’s a quick look at the target goals of the scorecard:


- Reducing Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020

- Reducing facility energy intensity 30 percent by 2015

- Reducing potable water intensity 26 percent by 2020

- Reducing total postal vehicle petroleum fuel use 20 percent by 2015


USPS has achieved the interim goals on the 2014 scorecard and is on track to achieve all goals, except for the postal vehicle petroleum usage reduction target. According to Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas Day, the Postal Service has continued to make great strides in reducing energy and water use – surpassing both goals this year, and achieving notable successes. Another notable success from the scorecard is greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction. USPS reported a 12 percent reduction in Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions in 2013.

Reducing overall petroleum consumption continues to be a challenge for us due to the increasing number of delivery points we serve and our aging vehicle fleet. Despite the challenges faced, we’re working to optimize delivery route efficiency and continue to test alternative vehicle technologies.

For more information, view the complete Sustainability and Energy Scorecard

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