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USPS honored for reducing waste

The USPS employees who worked on the Providence, RI, P&DC lighting upgrade include, from left, Martha St. Germaine, Mike Rakes, Bill Klawitter, George Mandeville, Tom Denucci, Ron Caramante, John Couto, Bob Conroy and Dave Mastroianni.

The Postal Service is making progress reducing its environmental footprint — and receiving recognition for it.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently honored USPS for reducing waste at 22 facilities across the country, including its Washington, DC, headquarters.

The award was given through WasteWise, an EPA program to promote sustainable management practices.

USPS also was awarded special recognition by the International Post Corp. for its role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

In receiving the award, the Postal Service cited a lighting upgrade at the Providence, RI, P&DC. Once completed, the upgrade will net $535,000 in total annual savings and reduce electricity use by 5.3 kilowatts an hour.

“Savings like these make a clear business case for sustainability,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Day. “By reducing our electric consumption, the Postal Service has also achieved considerable financial benefits.”

A list of USPS facilities recognized by the EPA is available on the Sustainability Blue site, along with additional information.

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