Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Deep Green

The U.S. Postal Service has a green newsroom, a one-stop shop for all our environmental information.

There you'll see photos of  energy-saving vehicles and facilities, green products and services, and a time-lapse video of the construction of New York’s largest green roof, the Postal Service’s green newsroom is its newest, most informative site to visit on Earth Day.

On the site you'll get answers to the questions:

· How big is the Postal Service’s carbon footprint?

· How is the Postal Service decreasing its carbon emissions?

· How many hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs has the Postal Service saved since 2007?

· How many hundreds of thousands of tons of waste did the Postal Service recycle in 2008? (Hint - enough to fill America’s tallest building.)

· How are expired or unwanted pharmaceuticals safely discarded with the Postal Service’s help without harming the environment?


Anonymous said...

Going green is more of a "feeling" then reality. I thought about buying an electric....only to find that it costs 3 times (for a comparable size and style) as much as a regular car. I comute over 50 miles and most of the models I saw won't make the round trip without needing a recharge, so you have to still use gas. They tell you that it will get 100 miles per gallon...but they don't tell you what the costs are for recharging your car every night. Recharging is not free and it might take fossil fuels to make the electricty you are going to use to recharge your batteries. They have not informed the public about the costs of the batteries nor how long they will last. Some numbers I have seen....the full set will cost $750-1000 and they will last about 5 years with daily charging. So what are we really saving here???

Anonymous said...

Until we have every post office recycling their UBBM and receptacles in the customer lobbies and employee break areas, we are doing less than we should. How about the smaller AO's shipping recyclables back to the plants with thier empty epuipment daily, or on a weekly schedule?

Anonymous said...

I agree with having a method AOs can recycle their UBBM, I sometimes take mine home to recycle with my personal stuff. I recycle at least twice as much as I put in the garbage. As for the comment about electric cars, try a hybrid. I travel 74 miles a day round trip to work so I found a nice used Prius. I get 48-50 miles per gallon and I haven't had a problem with it. When it's time for another car I plan to stick with the Prius, I love it!

Anonymous said...

Most green projects that I have seen on TV are costly. True there are some things like recycling that is not cost impairative, but other projects often cost 2-3 times as much as conventional building materials.