Roads Infrastructure life extention: Obligate or facilitate all government agencies to consider adding color lightening materials ( eg white or grey pigments) to roads. IMPACT: MOre nergy visible and thermal will be rejected by the road making the roads less hot, enabling the asphalts to last SEVERAL time longer than black asphalst. A road could last many years longer before it neede to be repaired as the structure ...more »
Corps of Engineers-Civil Works
Green Construction Review Proecess evaluation WITHIN Government: All government agencies undergoing construction or modifications of buildings NEED to have a process where they are forced to consider and properly assess the lifecycle cost and savings of implementing the incorporation or retrofit of energy saving technologies. For example: There are many BRAC efforts underway in the country; however it appears that ...more »
I would like the Army Corp to oversee many of the large federal projects such as the wasteful and overbudget big dig in mass
I suggest you create a program that allows an individual to receive an incentive award relative to the savings they create. If an employee researches is able to officially travel with an airline that is more advantageous to the government than the contract carrier, they can submit submit what is necessary. Since there is already a government contract, it would be reasonably easy to verify. Likewise, any employee willing ...more »
Create a design clearing house for government agencies and districts to share designs that are already on the shelf. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, use the spare tire!
I think it would be painless to reduce the emptying of most office trash cans to 1-2 days per week, as opposed to daily, in areas it would not cause any health or safety issue. In order to maintain sanitation standards, there may need to be rules related to the disposal of food (a special can that gets emptied would be an option). There could also be a plan for those who might need to empty their own trash between services. ...more »
Put people to work--neglected work that needs to be done in US cities Many of the cities of the US have very old underground pipes which are failing everywhere. Pipes are breaking and not being repaired properly. Precious water is being wasted. This will escalate to be a huge problem some day. Why not train and put people to work to replace all of the underground water supply pipes. If a city has underground pipes greater ...more »
I suggest considering reviewing the use and maintenance of the Unified Federal Guide Specifications government wide. Some agencies use UFGS, others don't. The UFGS specs are mostly maintained by DOD agencies. It would promote government wide standardization, and could benefit the contracting community by using standard formats and up-to-date requirements. A single agency would be tasked with maintenance of the UFGS. ...more »
I suggest we biuld using insulated concrete forms (ICF) whenever practical. Many years experience and testing demonstrated 10% to 70% energy saving while also standing up to huricanes, tornadoes and bomb blasts. A more recentl example of ICF construction is the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park in Florida. We should identify federal biuldings that are inefficient and expensive to maintain as candidate for ...more »
This pertains to Corps of Engineers, civil and millitary projects. Currently in-house prepared projects are required to have reproduction jobs sent to a government printer. This adds expense to projects in several ways, each time the project documents are printed which can be 3-4 times each. The government printer adds a week to the project completion time for each time it is printed. It costs many times more than ...more »
Implement a 2 year mandatory service commitment for all citizens that takes place on American soil. The service commitment could be in the form of AmeriCorps, Corps of Engineers, PeaceCorps, or NPS volunteers. I am thinking of something that resembles the CCC era - where folks learned useful skills and yet helped enhance our infrastructure and our cultural and natural landmarks. Service work would save thousands in ...more »
A lot of money could be saved in training and computer cost by eliminating the need for confidentiality on Corps computers. I understand why there is a lot of security behind it, but much of the information that is stored on our computers is open to the public as is and the government could save a lot of money eliminating the security clearances and difficulties of the computers. This would allow us to use thumb drives ...more »
1. Develop a method to allow for the electonic submittal of Eng Form 4345 and required supplemental information (drawings, maps, adjacent property addresses, etc). Could use the Online Training Module (avatar) already in place as a starting point. For example, see the Louisiana Office of Coastal Management's site at http://sonris.com/direct.asp 2. During the processing of applications for Section 10/404 Nationwide Permits, ...more »
Many unemployed would sign up to support national work projects to build a smarter energy grid, or water transport system, or internet and communications networks. It would build our infrastructure and put people to work. It can be overseen by our existing Corps of Engineers or the like. Let's get it on!
Eliminate the ACE-IT organization in the Corps of Engineers. They are costing the Corps hundreds of millions over budgeted cost. Management is non existant and the Corps is being charged 4 to 5 times the commercial rate for IT equipment. (One small example: a basic $2200 computer purchased at Best Buy is being charged to the Corps at $7000 -- multiply this by 50,000 Corps employees) This is just the tip of the iceberg, ...more »