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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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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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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Department of State

One World Government

The United States shall make every effort to work toward the goal of uniting the entire planet under a new world order. We could bring in more taxpayers from all over the world and end senseless war. Defense would be concerned with defending the planet instead of having to worry about another nation on our own planet.

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Department of Homeland Security

Eco-friendly beagle transport

Working as a canine handler I spend alot of time in a government vehicle. I am also concerned about the state of our environment and try to been as green as I can in my own life and my career. Driving so much reminds me of how much fuel the government uses in its daily activities and I wonder how we can reduce that. Even a slight reduction accross the board would have a large impact because of the number of vehicles ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Inefficient Computer Components

The majority of computer components within our division consist of huge power (wattage) consuming machines. This leads to higher energy costs per employee which consequentially affects the carbon output within our work locality. From research, there is evidence to suggest that our current output in terms of power exhausted could be mitigated by purchasing energy efficient computer components in which make up the computer. ...more »

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Department of Defense

Recharging Alkaline Batteries is Possible using Solar

I suggest you try and recycle alkaline batteries using the following method. My husband did this at home quite by accident, and it works fantastically for AA alkaline batteries. We have found that we can recharge and recycle alkaline batteries by putting them into our solar outdoor lighting systems instead of the expensive "solar" batteries. I guess the trickle charge is low enough and long enough to perform the job. ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Encourage train travel

Encourage train travel. It is more environmentally friendly than flying, usually cheaper, and often takes less time than flying, if you take into account the extra hours spent getting to a distant airport, going through security, etc.

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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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