Department of Health and Human Services

Don’t trash half rolls of toilet paper during restroom cleaning

Before FDA White Oak’s Green Team intervention, GSA had a campus-wide policy at FDA’s White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland in which GSA sub-contractors were required to instruct custodial staff servicing the White Oak campus restrooms to remove and place in the trash half rolls of toilet paper and replace with full rolls. Once this practice was identified by a White Oak Green Team member, other Green Team members ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Require Agency to Implement TeleWork Policy For All Eligible Positions

Increase the number of people working from home by requiring that agencies implement, support, and enforce their policies and allow ALL individuals in positions which have been identified as eligible to work remotely to work from home. Use the pay periods as measures and set up a schedule where half the office works from home on Monday/Wednesday/Friday of the first week and Tuesday and Thursday of the second week and ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Telework for Government employees on code-red/code-orange air quality days

Government employees should be encouraged to work from home on code red air quality days. This will decrease the amount of pollution emitted, it would decrease overhead costs for the government, and it would protect human health by keeping employees from breathing the poor air quality. This could, in turn, reduce the number of doctor/hospital visits for people who are sensitive to the pollution, which would then save ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Telecommuting: Benefits the government, the employee, and the enviroment.

Employees whose work does not actually require their physical presence be allowed to telecommute from home. Saves on pollution emissions. Doing everything electronic saves on paper waste, and cost of paper and printers. Working from home the employee pays for the electricity required to run computer instead of government. Employee being at home will also save the government costs of water treatment, and waste water treatment ...more »

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Too HOT, but way COOL

Many government office buildings are kept too cold in the summer, and too hot in the winter. It is not uncommon to see employees in sweaters in federal offices in the summer. This not only uses excessive energy, but sets a bad example for the general public. All agencies would save significant overhead costs for utilities by adjusting building temperatures a few degrees warmer in the summer (encouraging wearing short ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Sort SAVE Award ideas by common threads

There have been some wonderful ideas captured in the SAVE Award process. Also, many ideas are being repeated several times. It would be good to take a look at all the ideas and sort them by theme instead of agency and find the top ideas that way. For example, several people have suggested a post for recycling items that are useful, one was from NASA, DHS, and USDA. They all are suggesting basically the same thing, a repository ...more »

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Department of Labor

Bring back a Civilian Conservation Corps Program

Creation of another CCC-like program for all of the jobless; instead of paying people to stay home, to earn the check they must work for the US in some fashion: building roads, teaching at schools, cleaning beaches, or even assisting in government agencies. Either a lot of good work would be done in the communities or a lot less people would want unemployment checks.

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Office of Personnel Management

Go Virtual

I suggest you...have virtual meetings, trainings, and conferences. The government is notorious for feeling as though they need to see people face-to-face to get their message across. It is nice to have National Summits face-to-face, but many meetings, trainings, or conferences could be done virtually. Invest in web conferencing services such as Microsoft's Live Meeting, Cisco Systems Inc.'s WebEx Meeting Center, IBM's ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Strongly encourage all Federal Prisons to grow their own produce and compost the excess waste.

There are many federal prisons that have enough space to effectively grow enough vegetation to reduce the amount of produce purchased from outside sources. This would also help the environment by decreasing the amount of fuel used to ship and transport produce purchased on a weekly basis. The compost would be an asset to the earth and help to replenish and stabilize nutrients within the ground. The consumption of ...more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

TEN HOUR WORK DAY

TEN HOUR DAYS, for Federal Employees, will lower energy consumption and utility bills from the buildings and vehicles we use. It will lower maintenance costs for infrastructure and mechanical devices. It will build morale by giving employees more freedom to enjoy life one extra day. Productivity would increase. Customer service would increase. Apathy would decrease and there would be less call outs from “burn out”. ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce physical travel by 25% through use of Virtual Meetings.

Reduce physical travel by 25% through use of Virtual Meetings (e.g., WebEx/LiveMeeting). This reduces cost and environmental impact. Reducing hours/days spent traveling increases productivity. Agencies should target specific C/I/Os and divisions with goals for reducing travel and replacing with virtual / telepresence meetings. This includes conferences, training, seminars. Savings should be measures by travel hours ...more »

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General Services Administration

Green Rooftops

I suggest creating rooftop gardens on Federal buildings. Most rooftops are ugly, empty space. Private corporations are starting to implement this idea including PNC, which created a living mural on the side on one of their buildings. City Hall in Chicago and also implemented a Green Rooftop. Only three GSA buildings currently have Green Rooftops. This idea can be implemented at any government owned facility. Divisions ...more »

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US Agency for International Development

Convert all approval documents to PDF using digital signatures

SAVE: Time, Money and the Environment. 1. The amount of time spent printing and walking/sending around documents that require signatures of approval is immeasurable. These documents include memos, cover sheets, requests for annual leave, timesheets, budget spreadsheets, purchase orders, contractual agreements, scheduling requests, etc. In most cases, these documents are printed and then hand delivered to be hand ...more »

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