Stop the practice of replacing furniture every time a new SES, or political hire takes over an office. This is a waste of money for prestige or personal tastes at the expense of the government. New or like new furniture is replaced and goes where? If furniture is in useful condition it should stay, especially if in a sitting area or waiting area of an office.
Environmental Protection Agency
Do away with the rule that old government buildings have to preserve things that are non-funtional, always breaking, and not energy efficient for the sake of it being "original" or "antique" parts or structure. Example, the elevators are slow, repairs take weeks because parts aren't available, not made anymore, doors and windows the same. We have single pane windows and doors, some with gaping holes all around it, letting... more »
I suggest 1) when toilets need to be replaced you replace them with more water efficient toilets as they use overseas e.g. New Zealand 2) make double-sided, black/grayscale printing the default rather than one-sided and color (which is the default as I have noticed) 3) place rain barrels/gardens on the rooves of government buildings to decrease stormwater runoff 4) install solar powered shade structures over any government... more »
I KNOW THAT AN ENERGY AUDIT OF GOVERMENT BUILDINGS AND U.S. HOME WILL SAVE HIGH-DOLLARS ON HEATING AND COOLING COST. THIS ENERGY AUDIT DEPARTMENT WOULD LOOK AT ALL GOVERMENT AND HOME IN THE U.S. FOR WAYS TO CUT AND REDUCE OUR ENERGY USEAGE. CUTITNG COST BY SEALING AIR LEAKS, OR CHANGING TO HIGH-EFFICIENCY EQUIPMENT IS JUST SOME OF THE WAY TO CUT ENERGY COST. A DEPARTMENT WITH GUIDLINES FOR LOOKING AT SAVING ENERGY... more »
Use a secure, web storage software accessible only to EPA employees in which their files can be accessible anywhere with internet access. This prevents the need to distribute flash drives to employees and increases efficiency by reducing the money spent on flash drives and enabling employees to always have access to their files. This also gets rid of the problem of forgetting or misplacing a flash drive which can cause... more »
There is white reflective paint available that can be painted on building roofs to increase the sun's reflection and cut energy costs for cooling. Use this paint on the flat roofs of government buildings in the southern states.
Provide parking spaces - at securable government facilities - which hace electrical connections for these new wave of electric cars coming onto the market. This would promaote the purchase and use of these vehicles, reduce our dependency on forign oil, and reduce our carbon footprint.
Similar to Energy Star, WaterSense is a voluntary partnership program developed by EPA that seeks to promote water efficiency and conservation through increasing the market for water-efficient products with demonstrated exceptional performance, while also encouraging innovative marketing low water-use practices. Also like Energy Star, WaterSense allows products that are tested and proven to meet EPA specifications to... more »
Federal agencies spend considerable man hours and invest significant budget dollars in promulgating millions of pages of regulations. That said, I respectfully contend regulations are largely a waste if not enforceable nor enforced. To be effective, one must achieve compliance in the regulated community. To believe merely enacting requirements do the job, either by legislative or administrative means, is inefficient as... more »
On days people have doctor's appointments have a standard policy they can work from home the rest of the day. Typically you may have to use 4 hours of sick time for a doctor appointment. This is because you may have a 9 am appointment but you typically start work at 7:30 am so you lose 11/2 hours in the front and then you use another 11/2 hours for the actual doctor’s appointment followed by 1 hour commute to work... more »
I suggest that flexiplace dates are synchronized so that sections of buildings can be maintained at low heating, cooling, and lighting thus saving energy and money and reducing CO2 emissions. Where I work, EPA-Cincinnati, many employees use flexiplace. This saves travel time, gas, and often is more efficient for certain types of work such as writing reports and manuscripts. However, each employee tends to select any... more »
Are we the only country that is not on the metric system? Does it make any difference? Anyways, I thought I'd make the suggestion. I know everyone hates the metric system, but...
Shorten Federal Register notices/rules: Currently, when we write a Federal Register document there is alot of detail (both legal boilerplate and technical information on the topic). For example, a recent Final Rule for a tolerance that I published had about 2 pages of boilerplate and 4 pages of technical discussion of the specific topic. At almost $500/page this cost EPA about $3,000 to publish. Suggestion: FR documents... more »
Put paper recycle bins in the restrooms. Wet paper towels are recycleable !
Create a Federal Facilities Superfund program that is executed by EPA. Each Department would be required to fund their own Superfund sites. EPA would become the lead agency in addition to the lead regulatory agency and executive the investigations and cleanup of the sites. Currently you have duplicative environmental staffs at each Federal Agency causing interagency disputes on actions required to address these CERCLA... more »