Department of Homeland Security

Work Camps

Unemployment in this country is at emergency levels. Welfare recipients need not just be given food, clothing and housing, but they need to learn some valuable life skills. Since this is an emergency, I suggest that FEMA set up camps (similar to those set up for hurricanes and natural disasters) that are designed to put the welfare recipients to work. Anyone who wants to receive free government benefits is welcome ...more »

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TURN OFF COMPUTERS WHEN NOT USED!

Turn off computers when not in use. Upgrades could take place once a week, so there is no reason to have every console turned on 24/7. This could be controlled by a remote device that shuts down the computer when no one is logged in, and then starts it up if updates need to take place. There is no need to waste energy

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Department of Education

Personal Sustainability Projects

Start a sustainability education program where everyone is encouraged to have Personal Sustainability Projects, or PSPs. With very small costs and a huge number of people involved, an educational program like this can make a huge impact!

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Environmental Protection Agency

Reduce air travel through desktop videoconferencing

Reduce air travel through desktop videoconferencing. The size of the air travel budget and size of the jet-fuel carbon footprint could be greatly reduced if air travel to attend workgroup meetings was more thoughtfully chosen. The number of fly-in meetings should be reduced, and the use of effective, efficient videoconferencing be increased. Note the emphasis on "effective" and "efficient". Our office has videoconferencing, ...more »

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Reduce air travel through desktop videoconferencing

Reduce air travel through desktop videoconferencing. The size of the air travel budget and size of the jet-fuel carbon footprint could be greatly reduced if air travel to attend workgroup meetings was more thoughtfully chosen. The number of fly-in meetings should be reduced, and the use of effective, efficient videoconferencing be increased. Note the emphasis on "effective" and "efficient". Our office has videoconferencing, ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Replace Single-Flight METRO Escalators With Stairs

According to METRO‚Äôs website 13% of its 588 escalators were not in service today (7/22/10). The majority of those currently being repaired ascend a single flight and the agency spends between $25M-$30M annually (in direct costs) to maintain them. This does not include overhead costs, like energy consumption. Other subway systems utilize stairs for single flights because stairs increase the flow of traffic, are less ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Conservation Policy and Training

The government should promote a national policy of conserving energy and other resources, starting with itself by providing mandatory conservation training to government employees, and developing a related public service campaign for all Americans. This training should educate employees on the sources, costs, and consequences of energy production, and show them how to identify and stop wasting energy and other resources. ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Utilize Solar Panels in arid regions.

In areas where we have plenty of surface area and abundant sunshine we should make the best use of both. Let us the cover the tops of buildings and parking structures with solar panels. Buildings and structures serve a purpose, which is to protect us from the elements; however the tops of these structures just take up space - let us use them to their fullest capability. We should not be so dependent on fossil fuels ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION:SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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