Environmentalist Lady Bird Johnson To Be Immortalized on Stamp

Forty-seven years ago today, Congress signed into law the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, known as “Lady Bird’s Bill” because of Lady Bird Johnson’s keen interest and active support of its passage. We are delighted to announce today that the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate this and other of Mrs. Johnson’s achievements with the release of the Lady Bird Johnson Souvenir Forever stamps sheet.

The dedication ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 11 a.m. on November 30, 2012, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

“The Postal Service is proud to issue this historic Forever stamp honoring a beloved First Lady who worked tirelessly to make the United States a more beautiful place,” says Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy lives on along our nation’s roadsides, and urban parks and trails, which she so diligently worked to preserve and beautify, and now on a U.S. postage stamp to commemorate her contributions for forever.”

To learn more about Lady Bird Johnson (1912–2007) and events celebrating the centennial of her birth, visit the Lady Bird Johnson Centennial website. You can preorder the souvenir sheet now for delivery in early December by visiting The Postal Store or by calling 800-STAMP-24.

A Global Day to Help the Earth

It’s World Environment Day, and we’re taking this opportunity to remember some of our efforts to go green and help save the Earth.

Since 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme has used this day to push green initiatives worldwide. Countries around the globe celebrate by encouraging their citizens to take steps toward a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

With small changes to our daily routines, we can all make a huge impact! The Go Green (Forever®) stamps are a great reminder of ways to help keep our world clean and healthy for generations to come. What have you and your family done to reduce your environmental footprint?

Let Nature Do the Work

Our Go Green tip for today: Let nature do the work. Set up an outdoor line to dry your laundry or get a barrel to collect rain for watering the garden. Why pay for things nature’s already providing? The amount of money you’ll save on water and energy will pale in comparison to the amount of good you’ll be doing for the earth. These seemingly small acts can have a huge impact on our environment for generations to come. Before long, thinking and living green will be second nature!

If you’re looking for a way to commemorate the spirit of the Go Green pane, check out the Digital Color Postmarks. It features 16 Go Green stamps on envelopes cancelled by a custom-designed First Day of Issue color postmark. By capturing a moment in time with the date and location of the First Day of Issue ceremony, this collector’s item will serve as a constant reminder that if we all take a small step every day, we can save our world.

Use the Most Eco-Friendly Energy of All: Human Energy

Our Go Green tip for today: Choose to walk. Going somewhere close? Walking is healthy and green! The next time you need to pick up a few things from the grocery store or stop by the post office, burn a few calories and help out the environment by using your own energy to get you there. See your community from a new perspective and get the whole family involved in these walking trips. Each step you take reduces your environmental footprint, which is better for everyone!

If you’re looking for a way to commemorate the spirit of the Go Green pane, check out this collectible first day cancelled sheet. It features 16 Go Green stamps, three standard round dater postmarks, and one custom-designed pictorial postmark. By capturing a moment in time with the date and location of the First Day of Issue ceremony, this sheet will serve as a constant reminder that if we all take a small step every day, we can save our world.

Turn Your Trash into Something Useful

Our Go Green tip for today: Compost! Composting is a natural way to enrich the soil with nutrients, reducing the need for water and fertilizers in your garden. It may seem like a daunting task, but you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to get started. Look for quick start kits at your local gardening or home improvement store and get advice from online composting communities. Not only will you save money on water and fertilizer, you’ll also dramatically reduce the amount of food and yard waste you throw in the trash. Your plants—and the environment—will thank you!

Love the Go Green stamps as much as we do? The Go Green Digital Color Postmark Keepsake is a great reminder to think and act green! This beautiful collector’s item includes a pane of the Go Green stamps, as well as an envelope with a randomly selected stamp from the pane canceled by the Go Green Digital Color Postmark. The whimsical postmark details the date and location of the First Day of Issue ceremony for the stamps. Get yours today!