Bill McDonough in Washington for USPS Go Green stamps launch

Bill McDonough was in Washington this week as the U.S. Postal Service launched their GoGreen postage stamps (which are Cradle to Cradle Certified as part of their ongoing sustainability program.

From the USPS press release:

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Go Green stamps took place at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School and adjoining Savoy Elementary School, steps from the largest green garden in the Washington, DC, public school system.

“We’re creating a culture of conservation at the Postal Service that will have a lasting impact in our workplace and our communities,” said Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General. “The Go Green stamps carry 16 simple, green messages that have the power to help make the world a better place for us and future generations.”

Joining Stroman at the ceremony were Lisa P. Jackson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator; Alexandra Pardo, Thurgood Marshall academic director; Patrick Pope, Savoy principal and Emil Dzuray, USPS Acting Chief Sustainability Officer. William McDonough, cofounder and principal of MBDC, creators of the Cradle to Cradle certification program, participated as an honored guest.

“With these Go Green stamps, the Postal Service is reminding us of the important steps we can take each day to have an impact on the world around us,” said Jackson. “These stamps demonstrate individual actions — from saving energy or water to reducing waste — that add up to a big difference for our health and our environment.”

In a crowd-pleasing finale, the event closed with the arrival of a three-wheeled electric mail delivery vehicle, which delivered ceremonial, indigenous trees for both schools — symbolic of USPS delivering a greener America.

USPS is the only mailing and shipping company in the world whose stamp products and shipping supplies have earned Cradle to Cradle Certification, meaning they meet established standards for human and environmental health and recyclability.