Continual improvement

The Postal Service has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from facilities, vehicles and utilities by 22.4 percent since 2008 — the equivalent of removing more than 250,000 cars from the road in a single year, new data shows.

The information is included in the latest USPS Annual Sustainability Report, which was published last week.

The report details recent progress in other areas, including recycling and water usage, and attributes the organization’s success to creating a culture of conservation throughout its network.

“Continual improvement in sustainability performance is important to the long-term health and competitiveness of the Postal Service, while protecting the environment of the communities that we are dedicated to serving. We remain committed to being a sustainability leader by building on our culture of conservation,” said Chief Operating Officer Dave Williams.

Other highlights from the report, which is available on the Sustainability Blue page:

• Through the USPS online training system, approximately 5,000 employees completed environmental compliance training on topics such as hazardous and universal waste management, stormwater permitting, spill planning and underground storage tank operations.

• The Postal Service has reduced the amount of water it uses per square feet by 53.2 percent compared with the organization’s 2007 baseline.

• USPS employees recycled 297,000 tons of material -— primarily paper, cardboard and plastic — from Post Offices. This action helped the organization divert 58.2 percent of waste from landfills while reducing trash removal costs and increasing opportunities for recycling revenue.

• The Postal Service purchased $449 million worth of environmentally preferable cleaning supplies, paper and other products through the eBuy2 ordering system.

Anne Wolf, a Western Area facilities repair and alterations environmental specialist and a 2019 Postmaster General Sustainability Excellence Award recipient, said sustainability is vital to the organization’s enduring role in the communities it serves.

“Long-term, cost-effective, environmentally conscious maintenance of our sites and operation of our facilities is key to our sustainability success story,” she said.

High profile

The HERO system has a new feature that encourages employees to complete their HEROProfile, which could help them advance their USPS careers.

The HEROProfile allows employees to present a consolidated view of their professional information that managers, supervisors and colleagues can use to assess their skills, talents and experience.

When employees log into HERO, they’ll see a new gauge on the homepage that measures the completion of their HEROProfile.

Completion is gauged on three levels: Get Started, Great Progress and First-Class.

To achieve the First-Class level, an employee must meet certain criteria within the About, Resume and Career Preferences tabs of the profile.

Employees are encouraged to add a professional image to further personalize their profile.

To learn more, log into HERO and explore the system.

Rhythm and rhyme

The Postal Service will release its Hip Hop stamps on July 1, celebrating a music, dance and art movement that has profoundly influenced American and global culture.

The term “hip-hop” encompasses rapping, DJing, break dancing and graffiti art.

The movement was born in the streets of New York City during the mid-1970s and went on to shape music and culture around the world.

The pane of 20 stamps highlights each of the hip-hop activities in four designs accented by a vivid yellow, green, red and black color scheme. The digitally tinted images are intended to appear in motion.

Antonio Alcalá, a USPS art director, designed the stamps, incorporating photographs by Cade Martin.

The stamps will be available at Post Offices and