Department of Health and Human Services

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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Legislative Branch

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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Department of Commerce

Paperwork Reduction

All government documents should be printed on double sided paper, and all unnecessary documents should be printed electronically and sent through email. I heard one story of the Census Bureau spending $10,000 to next day air a pad of paper from Washington, DC to California. This kind of spending is why the government gets a bad rap, and simply ridiculous spending like this is not something I want to pay for in taxes! ...more »

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Legislative Branch

RECYCLING!

Place recycling bins around for more than just aluminum cans, and encourage everyone to recycle their items. I see an enormous amount of recyclables in garbage cans simply because there is nowhere else to put them, or people just don't have any incentive to recycle. I suggest a presidential initiative to ask all government employees to recycle, and couple that with readily available co-mingled recycle cans.

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Legislative Branch

Make Government Buildings More Efficient!

The US Government is the world's largest owner of buildings. I suggest that every new building be made LEED Platinum or higher, since the initial cost difference is made back within 5 years with the energy and water it saves. Implementing other systems like solar hot water or thin film solar on existing buildings could make a large dent in the power consumption used by the US Government by utilizing distributed energy. ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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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Executive Office of the President

Mow and remove unwanted vegetation with sheep and goats where possible

Mow and remove unwanted vegetation with sheep and goats where possible. Natural vegetation removal through the use of sheep and goats wherever possible is something that could save the government millions annually, reduce pollution, maintenance, gas and oil requirements, while producing lean, healthy protein that needs to be purchased on a regular basis by the government anyway. With advances in portable electric netting ...more »

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