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Four day work week saves

Save commuting by reducing the numbers of work days per week. Whenever possible permit government offices to organize employees into 4 day work weeks (10 hours a day). Half the organization would begin their work week on Monday ending Thursday evening. The other half would begin their work week on Tuesday, ending Friday. This would reduce fuel consumption by 20% per commuter. This would save every commuter 20% in ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce or Eliminate Executive Motor Pools!

Executive motor pools should be dramatically reduced or eliminated. Senior officials should use public transportation wherever possible, not government vehicles. The cost savings include less need for these: parking spaces, vehicle purchase, vehicle maintenance, personal drivers, and motor pool management. If public transportation is not available, they should conduct their business electronically, carpool, or use ...more »

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Paper and Printing Reduction: Mega Ideas!!!

Lots of ideas to reduce paper and printing costs: Duplex (double-sided) printing default, no more glossy paper, print 2 pages per side of paper, reduce graphics, use most economical print font, no more personal printers, raise print consciousness via emailed policy and agenda item at all-hands meetings.

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Paper and Printing Reduction: Mega Ideas!!!

Lots of ideas to reduce paper and printing costs: Duplex (double-sided) printing default, no more glossy paper, print 2 pages per side of paper, reduce graphics, use most economical print font, no more personal printers, raise print consciousness via emailed policy and agenda item at all-hands meetings.

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Department of Defense

Replace automatic flush valves

Replace automatic flush valves with manual valves in government lavatory facilities. The automatic flush valves cost more to install and maintain, and frequently waste water by repeated flushing. They also require batteries which are harmful to the environment since they are often improperly disposed of when they should be recycled.

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Government Bicycles!

I just heard about the “SAVE,” award today. I wish that I would have had more time to better breakdown my ideas but they are both fairly simple. Idea #1: I work for the United States Army Garrison Schweinfurt. It is a great military community. Our community is a little spread out on several sites. I think it would be a wonderful idea to have a government bicycle system for making trips between the sites. Since we are ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Make Electronic Filing Work to save money and paper

this is a small idea, but it would save money and paper.... we have switched to electronic filing, but there are two ways in which we have not caught up. (1) we continue to be provided with sets of 3 file labels which are printed out before the case is assigned. One label is on the litigation folder, the other two are placed inside the folder for labelling the record on appeal, despite the fact that we no longer need ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Save the Landscape while saving money, wildlife, people, the environment, and create accomplishment for employees

I suggest we stop the planting and changing of plants in all the areas where we currently have landscape contractors doing this work. It is a waste, done too often and not environmentally friendly as we do not use perennials, but actually throw away good plants! Instead, let an office or a group of volunteer employees "Adopt a garden", like we adopt a highway or street. Let that group of people decide to grow a garden ...more »

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Department of Defense

Bring the Troops Home

Stop spending so much of American resources on other countries. Bring the troops home. Use the soldiers to guard our borders and promote peace in North America. Start New Deal programs to gainfully employ returned soldiers. Use the manpower to reclaim deserts, clean the Gulf, educate the uneducated and manufacture American products that we would sell to world. With the monies saved and the manpower gained, we could ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Yes, I said it: ONE GIGANTIC MONITOR W/ BENEFITS - read on...

Most of us work in a common space in a group. Why not switch over to a common monitor / Graphic User Interface (GUI). Lose the gazillion monitors. Use one, a large one for each space or group. This change would facilitate MANY other positive changes. The layout of the space would be an open and shared environment. Beside your desk would be your computer box, but on your desk would be a keyboard and mouse and speakers. ...more »

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