“Going green” is a popular phrase that involves the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere as well as other efforts to use the Earth’s resources more efficiently. Major efforts by the Postal Service in support of the green cause have helped to promote a greener tomorrow.
Activities such as reducing facility energy use, water use, petroleum fuel use, and solid waste have not only helped protect the environment, they’ve also improved the bottom line.
In 2011, the Postal Service saved $34 million through conservation efforts and generated $24 million in recycling revenue. That adds a major financial incentive to pursuing green opportunities.
While these efforts are commendable, and in some cases profitable, what exactly is it about greenhouse gases that makes them dangerous? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, trap heat. The more greenhouse gases that fill the atmosphere, the less heat can escape into outer space. Excessive heat that remains trapped within the atmosphere has the potential to cause a change in global climate patterns. This can lead to more powerful storms, flooding, draught, and heat waves.
Some gases accumulate through the course of nature, such forest fires, volcanic eruptions and the earth’s natural emissions. Others are traced back to human activities.
“Going green” initiatives have the potential to reduce the buildup of greenhouse gases. Financial incentives also help make the transition to more environmentally friendly practices easier to adopt and embrace.
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