Environmental Protection Agency

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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General Services Administration

Automatically Turn Off Computers

Configure computers to automatically shut down in the evenings in order to save energy.

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Legislative Branch

Save $20M+ annually - Electronically Print & Deliver Congressional Record

The Congressional Record cost tax payers $28,390,000 each year to print and deliver to Congress. If converted to electronic format, voice and color enhancements could be added simultaneously with electronic dissemination to significantly reduce these costs in the millions of dollars. Additionally, speedier dissemination (via email, RSS Feed, special website, etc.), authentication and preservation would be guaranteed ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Reduce Surveys and Their Cost

USDA and other Departments collect sales and other data from farmers and businesses via mailed surveys every year. If sales, production, prices, and other income related data are included as part of annual income tax filing, then these expensive surveys may no longer be necessary or as lengthy. This way, all farmers or businesses will submit data, not only a sample from major States as annual surveys usually do. In ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Turn the Nation's Highways into Solar collectors

With hundreds of thousands of miles of Federally-funded highways it makes sense to explore new materials and technologies for transforming our highway system into a massive solar energy collector. With the proper materials, it is conceivable that our Nation's highway grid could also plug into the Nation's energy grid. Moreover, it would not entail destroying additional desert or forest lands to build large-scale solar ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Use RFID Chips in Passes to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

We should incorporate Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips into the annual and lifetime passes for the National Park Service and other federal fee lands in order to drastically reduce carbon emissions from vehicles waiting to enter our national parks and other federal fee areas. Actually, this idea would provide many benefits including enhanced visitor experience due to quicker entrance, more accurate collection ...more »

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General Services Administration

Business Casual Summer Dress Code + Less A/C

Why are federal employees required to wear suits and ties during the D.C. summer? The summer dress code for all federal workers should be changed to business casual [including golf shirts] and the ambient indoor temperature of office buildings should be increased to 74 degrees. Employees will be more comfortable at work and commuting on mass transit, no more complaints about overly air conditioned offices, and the government ...more »

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Department of the Interior

One day power down

I suggest that all federal government offices, that are not public facing, be closed one day a week. On that day, employees would take thier flex days, leave, leave without pay, or telework. The alternate activity could be built into agency policies. Business would continue due to teleworking employees. Direct savings includes infrastructure and logistical savings for the buildings (electricity and water and custodial ...more »

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General Services Administration

Hand dryers installed in all government facilities

Hand dryers should be placed in all government facilities as an option to dry hands. Hand dryers can cut costs by as much as 90%, when compared to paper towels. Paper towels need continuous refilling and waste removed. The switch would result in thousands of trees being saved per year. Additionally, landfill waste would be reduced as well. Furthermore, to produce the paper towels thousands of gallons of water and chemicals ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Tapping Obesity Energy Reserve (TOER) Initiative

Tapping Obesity Energy Reserve (TOER) is one initiative that contributes to solutions for two national issues--(1) the need for alternative energy solutions and (2) solutions to reduce obesity (like Let's Move). The genesis of the idea is to fund (with money otherwise spent on health care costs related to obesity) research, development, and incentivize production of home pedal power technology--like the bicycle powered ...more »

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Department of Energy

Tapping Obesity Energy Reserve (TOER) Initiative

Tapping Obesity Energy Reserve (TOER) is one initiative that contributes to solutions for two national issues--(1) the need for alternative energy solutions and (2) solutions to reduce obesity (like Let's Move). The genesis of the idea is to fund (with money otherwise spent on health care costs related to obesity) research, development, and incentivize production of home pedal power technology--like the bicycle powered ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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