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Five New York Postal Service Facilities Join EPA’s Performance Track Program

Release Date: 10/20/2008
Contact Information: John Senn (212) 637-3667, senn.john@epa.gov

(New York, N.Y.) With the goal of going above and beyond their legal environmental requirements, five U.S. Postal Service facilities in New York have joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Environmental Performance Track program. The facilities include processing and distribution centers in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester and Utica.

“I commend these U.S. Postal Service facilities for not only meeting their environmental obligations, but committing to exceed them,” said EPA Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg. “EPA’s Performance Track program gets results, and I’m proud to have more federal partners join this program.”

To earn membership, Performance Track applicants must demonstrate and commit to maintaining a strong record of environmental compliance, set three-year goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance beyond their legal requirements, have internal systems in place to manage environmental impacts, engage in community outreach and consistently report results.

Both public and private individual facilities may apply for Performance Track membership, with some companies having multiple facilities in the program. EPA also provides a Corporate Leader designation for companies and public agencies that exhibit policies and behavior at a corporate level that are associated with environmental excellence and are substantially committed to Performance Track. Performance Track members represent a wide range of sectors, including the public sector, electronics, chemical products, pharmaceuticals, and rubber and plastics.

Since the 2000 launch of the program, Performance Track membership has grown to 548 members in 49 states and Puerto Rico, and members have set more than 4,000 goals to benefit the environment. As a result, Performance Track members have reported greenhouse gas reductions of 310,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, reductions in nitrogen oxides of 13,000 tons, and reductions of hazardous waste of 52,000 tons.

For more about EPA’s Performance Track program, visit http://www.epa.gov/region02/performancetrack/index.html.

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