USPS Surpasses Green Facilities Goals

The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it continues to exceed its energy-savings targets, placing the agency more than two-thirds of the way to achieving its goal to reduce energy use by 30 percent by 2015.

“A year ago, the Postal Service projected ... the Morgan facility [would] save $30,000 in annual energy expenses,” said Tom Samra, vice president, Facilities. “We’re pleased to have surpassed that goal, saving more than $1 million since the implementation of the green roof and other energy-saving measures at Morgan.”

Samra attributes the accelerated rate of savings to a 40 percent per month reduction in energy use and an average decrease in energy expenses of 15 percent in the past year. The Morgan facility deployed energy-saving enhancements, and is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and High Performance and Sustainable Building (HPSB) certifications.

Current LEED-certified postal facilities include Post Offices in Denver and Southampton, N.Y., and mail processing centers in Greenville, S.C., and Troy, Mich. Across its 33,000 postal-owned facilities, the USPS is making great strides reducing energy use as it implements energy-saving projects.

“Our total energy use is down. The Postal Service has reduced facility energy intensity by more than 21 percent based on a 2003 baseline, well ahead of the federal goal of 12 percent,” said Sam Pulcrano, vice president, Sustainability.

The USPS receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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