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LEED a Building to Water… and it Won’t Drink as Much
UPS corporate office

Remember when Tom Hanks was in comedies? Ah, good. I see a few hands at the back. One of his most famous was “Big.” You know the one. Little boy makes a wish at a penny arcade machine to be an adult and wakes up as Tom Hanks, who then gets a job at a toy company.

In the film, Hanks is in a meeting where this guy is pitching a line of transforming toys that turn from skyscrapers into robots. Hanks tells the guy the idea is boring because no kid wants to play with a building. Now, I don’t know if what I’m about to say makes UPS boring or geeky, but we really enjoy playing with buildings. There’s a lot of stuff you can do with them. In fact, we’ve been playing with our corporate office since it was built in Atlanta, Ga., in 1994.

Our corporate office, despite being almost 20 years old, has earned Gold Status certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as well as the Energy Star stamp of approval for energy efficiency.  You might wonder how a two-decade-old structure could hope to stay ecologically friendly. Well, let me give you the Behind the Music treatment on this one.

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A New Year’s Resolution You Can Live By

With the advent of 2011 come the inevitable “New Year’s Resolutions,” verbal feel-good missions ending in nervous laughter and totally abandoned a week later. You laugh because you don’t want to cry. You’re not going to lose the weight and become a svelte Adonis, I’m not going to learn Mandarin Chinese and your neighbor isn’t going to show interest in his kid’s origami obsession.

Wouldn’t it be nice to commit to a resolution you can actually achieve? Everyone deserves a victory so I’m making you an offer: a New Year’s resolution you will accomplish that will make you a hero of the community and put money back in your wallet.  

Instead of shedding pounds, how about cutting down on the gasoline you use? It’s simple to achieve and it doesn’t require a Tesla electric sports car…but dang wouldn’t that be cool? 

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Do the Right Thing, Start a No-Idling Campaign

Like a lot of parents, I worry about keeping my child safe and making sure she eats enough vegetables. But I hadn’t really thought about air pollution until last February. That’s when The UPS Foundation announced a grant to help take the Clean Air Campaign’s No-Idling initiative nationwide.

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8 Tips for Saving Fuel that Anyone Can Use

Whether you drive a 40-foot big rig or a two-door Prius, fuel conservation is a concern for most anyone. With a fleet of 88,000 vehicles on the street every day, logging over 2 billion miles a year, the automotive engineers at UPS can offer motorists some solid advice for saving fuel.

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