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Green Postal Day salutes global progress

The fourth annual Green Postal Day will be observed Sept. 16.

USPS and 18 of its international counterparts will celebrate the fourth annual Green Postal Day on Sept. 16.

The observance highlights the progress made by posts around the world working together to reduce carbon emissions. It is also meant to inspire other industries to adopt a similar approach to addressing climate change.

The day is organized by the International Post Corp., a cooperative of posts in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Postal services have been a pioneer in setting common targets to reduce carbon emissions for more than a decade. Worldwide, postal emissions dropped 34 percent between 2008 and 2021.

It is not only good for the environment, it is also good customer service.

“Part of our job in Environmental Affairs and Corporate Sustainability is to get everyone in the organization to think about sustainable best practices at work and at home,” said Judy de Torok, the Postal Service’s corporate affairs vice president.

In January, USPS pledged to make sustainability a priority at all levels of decision-making in its Commitment to Environmental Excellence.

Information on the organization’s many sustainability initiatives can be found at