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Here’s what Link covered Feb. 4-10

Sustainability goals and financial results topped a busy week

A white USPS delivery van at a charging station
A USPS battery-electric vehicle charges at a station at the South Atlanta Sorting and Delivery Center last month.

The Postal Service looked toward the future last week, announcing new, ambitious sustainability targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

“The improvements we need to achieve in sustainability are an integral outgrowth of the broader modernization efforts we have undertaken through our 10-year Delivering for America plan,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

“As we transform our operating processes and invest in new automation, new technologies and upgraded facilities and vehicles, we will generate significant efficiencies that reduce our costs, minimize waste across all functions of our operations and slash our carbon footprint.”

Link also reported on the organization’s newly reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2024 (Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2023), which included operating revenue of $21.6 billion, up 0.5 percent compared with the same quarter one year earlier.

Other highlights last week included the release of a video that goes behind the scenes of the Postal Service’s latest television advertising campaign, as well as the release of a stamp featuring Saul Bellow, the 34th honoree in the Literary Arts series.

 Additionally, we went “On the Job” with Ochenya Okpa, a mail processing clerk at the Salt Lake City Processing and Distribution Center, and “Off the Clock” with Hope, ID, Postmaster Douglas Lowe, a scuba diver who is passionate about coral reef restoration.

His dives at coral restoration facilities have provided him “the opportunity to make a difference — and not just watch from the shoreline,” Lowe said.