Department of Defense

We may not be killing as many trees but we continue to kill electrons...

I would suggest that we all consider taking a moment, at the end of the workday or before leaving our offices for lunch or TDY, to turn off the PC monitor(s) and desktop/office lighting. A recent computation in my office showed that turning off the dual LCD monitors and desktop flourescent lighting would save 1.16 Megawatts/person/year. This is especially important over long weekends and vacations, where noone would ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Only using ENERGY STAR/Water Sense Products in Buildings

Only allow for the use of ENERGY STAR or Water Sense appliances, electronics, HVAC, and plumbing equipment. The government should only be procuring these energy efficient products, but you will be challenged to find an ENERGY STAR refrigerator, printer, computer, or low flow faucets in EPA buildings. Practice what we preach!

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Only using ENERGY STAR/Water Sense Products in Buildings

Only allow for the use of ENERGY STAR or Water Sense appliances, electronics, HVAC, and plumbing equipment. The government should only be procuring these energy efficient products, but you will be challenged to find an ENERGY STAR refrigerator, printer, computer, or low flow faucets in EPA buildings. Practice what we preach!

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Department of Homeland Security

Recycle Electronics and Batteries

I suggest electronics be recycled across the federal government. Many power cords, adapters and other connectors become separated from their original machines. Also, many electronics become outdated and are retired. These electronics, along with batteries, must be recycled. They are very damaging to throw away and are nowhere near degradable. There are companies that collect and recycle electronics and batteries- the ...more »

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Department of Defense

Community Reliance Database

The U.S. Gov should create a database that stores employee’s names and challenges they confronted. A local server stores employees’ names, department, contact info, and specific challenges they solved in their career. An employee facing a challenge they can’t solve types in a tag(s) and a list of past/current employees appears matching subject matter experts to questions. Each database will cost $500,000 and have a fixed ...more »

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Department of Education

School Funding via Computer Assistance

With all of the computers, printers, faxesa and other items that the government buys, there is a large surplus of older model computers (some relatively new) systems, printers, faxes, copiers and other items.. sitting in warehouses or at DRMO. I think the federal government should look into each state and find under funded school systems, public or private, and send some of the surplus electronics to the schools so they ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Turn It Off!

Government agencies, as well as businesses and households, rely a great deal on electronics such as computers and their relating accessories. It would greatly save the government a great deal of money if a few habits were instituted, even if it happens just one employee at a time. First, computer monitors ought to be turned off, such as at lunch time and at the end of one's shift. PCs are generally left on 24/7. It would ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Cell Phones

The United States Government is spending Millions in celluar, wireless, smart phone technologies. Then, when an employee has a government issued phone, there are endless rules and regulations, or restrictions on how the phone is used, or limits. Not to mention that the phone is not supposed to be used for personal use, which means that everyone who has a government issued phone might be carrying around two phones: one ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Original Idea and simple! Battery RE-use Program (Dry Cell - AAA, AA, C, D, 9V)

Many offices have a battery recycling program, where people can dispose of spent batteries. There are many devices that stop working once the battery reaches a certain amount of use, such as digital cameras, two way radios, etc. These batteries still hold enough charge to operate non-high tech devices, such as flashlights, remote controls, am/fm radios. I bought a battery tester and many of the batteries that people deposit ...more »

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Department of Justice

Recycling/Disposal of Excess Computer Equipment/Electronics

Have a central federal agency handle ALL recycling/destruction of excess computer equipment. The current process for excessing computer equipment and securely erasing hard drives (including copier/printer hard drives) is very inefficient and somewhat insecure--options are to have individual sites securely erase all data and then pay to have recycling companies pick it up and THEY profit from any recycling possible or ...more »

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