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Postal employees eager to promote sustainability

A new survey finds most postal employees regularly shut off lights and recycle paper but would like to be more involved in sustainability.

Postal Service employees regularly shut off lights and recycle paper, but many say they would like to do more to promote sustainability, a new survey has found.

More than 9,300 participants completed the voluntary questionnaire, which was distributed to 40,000 employees earlier this year.

The newly published results show more than 90 percent of respondents turn off lights in the workplace, making it the most typical energy conservation measure.

More than one-quarter of respondents recycle all they can, including ink cartridges, plastic bottles, glass and electronics.

The lack of bins was one of the most frequent reasons employees cited for not recycling more. Only 1 percent said recycling isn’t important.

“It’s good to see so many Postal Service employees take recycling and energy conservation seriously,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Day. “We’re looking forward to building on this success and helping employees find new ways to promote sustainability.”

More than 650 employees were contacted by Sustainability staff after expressing interest in the Postal Service’s sustainability efforts or forming a Lean Green Team to promote environmental practices in their workplaces.

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