U.S. Postal Service: Delivering Green

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the U.S. Postal Service is one of:  When am I going to get my mail, why is it taking so long?  Going in and out checking the mailbox may be at times frustrating especially when the mail does not come on time.  Nevertheless, the U.S. Postal Service is known for delivering mail throughout the U.S., but it is also delivering something else as part of a 21st Century breakthrough in mail delivery --green transportation innovation to deliver the mail.

In particular, instead of delivering mail in traditional white vehicles we are accustomed to seeing throughout the commercial and residential areas, the U.S. Postal Service has come up with a three wheeled delivery cart for delivering one's mail.  For example, today's mail delivery has become more and more innovative, according to the Christian Science Monitor, in response to President Obama's directive that "the federal government--the biggest energy consumer in the United States--to make substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020."

To make such reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, innovative and new ways of delivering mail from the U.S. Postal Service certainly need to be developed.  The three wheeled delivery cart is innovative because it is electric and hence fuel efficient in terms of not burning carbon dioxide emissions.  Thus, the U.S. Postal Service should not just be delivering letters and packages to consumers.

Rather, the U.S. Postal Service, while primarily recognized for delivering mail and packages, must also be part of the solution to move the U.S. collectively toward a greener energy future when it comes to transportation use.  As such, the electric cart idea in some locales is great and part of the Postal Service's way of delivering green, as the carts "don't leave a carbon footprint, and it's much more efficient than walking or using a conventional vehicle."

A conventional vehicle for delivering mail and packages is not 21st Century thinking.  Rather, it is what has traditionally been done throughout time. The 21st Century is all about innovation and getting away from a conventional vehicle and transition to an electric scooter for delivering mail is a great example of the Postal Service going from the past to the future.  Delivering green, therefore, is not about asking what can be done, but rather the question is one of asking how can going green become a reality.  The U.S. Postal Service seems to have answered that question with its innovative electric scooter for delivering mail to all citizens.

Photo Credit:  Alexander Marks