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Postal Service cuts facility energy use by 33 percent

Sep. 26, 2013 - 11:23AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

The Postal Service had reduced its facility energy use by more than 33 percent since fiscal 2003 — enough energy to power 110,000 homes, according to the agency.

The agency has reduced energy use by employing a portfolio-wide energy managing program that identifies areas of high energy use and by encouraging employees to find ways to conserve energy and promote sustainability, according to the Postal Service.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires agencies to reduce their facility energy use by 30 percent over a 2003 baseline by fiscal 2015. But while the Postal Service is not bound by the legislation, it has adopted the goal voluntarily.

Employees at about 1,340 facilities have also formed “green teams” that look for ways to save money by cutting energy use, promoting recycling and becoming more efficient, according to the agency.

“Postal employees are passionate about reducing energy use, which also saves us money,” said Vice President of Facilities Tom Samra in a press release.

Tom Day, chief sustainability officer at the Postal Service, said the agency would continue to work to reduce energy and identify other areas to save on energy costs.

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