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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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Use of two color drawstring trash bags- best way to recycle

Many communities across USA do not have different kinds of recycling bins kept at the trash pickup spots to enable the users to keep recyclable (paper, plastics and glass) and not recyclable stuffs (others) separately. It would be very expensive for the government to install 2-3 different kinds of bins in all the trash pickup spots. Instead trash bags manufacturing companies could sell trash boxes that contain bags with ...more »

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Eliminate the EPA

Seriously. What has the Environmental Protection Agency done to protect the environment in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP oil platform explosion? All we hear is how stupid bureaucratic regulations are getting in the way of the necessary cleanup. Get rid of the EPA - we could save billions.

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Geothermal Heating/Cooling

In all new or smaller governement buildings (retrofit), use geothermal heating/cooling systems. A geothermal heat pump or ground source heat pump (GSHP) is a central heating and/or cooling system that pumps heat to or from the ground. It uses the earth as a heat source (in the winter) or a heat sink (in the summer). This design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce ...more »

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**XERISCAPE LANDSCAPING; WATER CONSERVATION**

Start with this thought; imagine every federal facility you have seen. Now think about how much grass square footage (on average), planting densities and number of tress so close together that they require trimming every 6 months. By going with more water efficient landscaping, removing water features and planting more drought tolerant species we would save millions. In addition to helping local water conservation. ...more »

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Have EPA use value methodology requirement limit move from $25m to $2m

The EPA presently does not use value methodology unless a project is over $25 million. Typical Value Engineering practices can save 10%-20% of total project cost if applied. The threshold VM/E limit should be lowered to $2 million to capture additional savings of tax payers funding. The present VE screen processes are not of true value as believed. In other words if the VE/M process is truly followed a minim of 10% ...more »

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Travel for Less or Travel More

Travel for Less or Travel More 7/14/10 Our current travel system under Govtrip is cumbersome, time-consuming, and most importantly does not permit the selection of the least expensive air fare. My suggestion is simple in principle; allow EPA employees (all government employees) the choice of the least expensive fare, typically an excursion fare with the corresponding payment in advance and the potential change or ...more »

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Purchase Computers with Cameras 7/14/10

Purchase Computers with Cameras 7/14/10 I suggest that every computer purchased for government use have a camera and supporting tele-software such as Skype. Provisions should be made for turning the camera off for personal or security reasons. If government computers had cameras, travel for training, meetings, to view a situation, or to conduct on-site inspections could be held to a minimum. Also, group meetings and ...more »

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"Oil Spill Maintenance Protocol"

In the case of the oil spill, might I suggest that some sort of micro-netting system be applied along the coastline in order to catch and retain larger pieces of debris/oil byproducts, i.e. tar balls, to prevent from entering the shoreline. Also, one should try some sort of oil emulsifier to aid in the disintegration of the spilled oil. Since it seems to be more difficult to control the "oil spill" itself, maybe we ...more »

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Saving Travel Funds

Let the Government use the frequent flyer miles instead of giving to employees. This would help save money for travel. Right now, many taxpayers can't afford trips but with miles earned with Government funds, federal employees can. We never have enough money for travel for the work of the government. This was done many years ago but was changed by Congress. Sometimes there isn't money for necessary work.

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Establish Centralized Storage for public data / references

I suggest you centrally locate all background information when a project is sarting [BP OILSPILL] OPPT put all our refs on 1 website so that anyone with access can get info. Can't tell you how many times I had to send emails with the data we found on the public WWW for some of the dispersants because there was no central point of reference to look or people didn't know who did what . Alot of reinventing the wheel / ...more »

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