Department of Education

Online Education for Environmental and Energy Management

Create a comprehensive online education program to help novices and experts alike learn and collaborate on innovations and established processes to improve Energy and Environmental Management. The focus should be on teaching individuals and smaller groups how to manage their facilities and environmental programs to maximize their potential impact in reducing costs and environmental impacts. Knowledge sharing online ...more »

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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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General Services Administration

CREATE CONSERVATION GARDENS AT FEDERAL FACILITIES

Achieve low maintenance, beautiful landscaping while saving precious water and money. Incorporate native and drought tolerant flora, native bunch grass meadow (instead of traditional lawn), mulch and weed barriers (retain moisture, reduce weeds), hardscaping (stone, wood, dry creek beds, paths, patios), recycled materials, and a water efficient irrigation system (drip emitters, smart water controller). Include signage ...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 Agriculture

Reduce the sod, go native

Reduce lawn areas in drier regions, replace with native vegetation. Lawn 2.35 c.f. per square foot Other Landscaping 1.0 c.f. per square foot [figures from www.cornerstonesmud.com/id46.htm] Reduce water use, and lawnmower use, and chemicals (fertilizers, grass feed, broad-leaf herbicides, etc.) that are petroleum-based, and undesirable in groundwater and surface water runoff. There is a potential big savings in water ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Temperature Strips for Individual Processor Cabinets

Currently it is a Crap Shoot for our Environmental unit to maintain proper temperature for hundreds of processor cabinets at our facility. The temperature is usually just set at one low temperature without taking into account things such as weather or processor demand. Temperature Strips for individual processor cabinets would help our Environmental unit more accurately predict proper processor temperature for air cooling ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Temperature Strips for Processor Cabinets

Currently it is a Crap Shoot for our Environmental unit to maintain proper temperature for hundreds of processor cabinets at our facility. The temperature is usually just set at one low temperature without taking into account things such as weather or processor demand. Temperature Strips for individual processor cabinets would help our Environmental unit more accurately predict proper processor temperature for air cooling ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Liquidation of the Environmental Protection Agency

My suggestion would be for the liquidation of the Environmental Protection Agency. This is not a suggestion that the federal government stop comprehensively regulating environmental pollutants, but rather that they leave it up to the states to do so. The White House's control over the EPA subjects the environmental justice of the agency every four or eight years based upon the agenda of Mister President, while the approximate ...more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Handbook Updates

When Federal handbooks are written and replaced typically the changes are minimal and only effect certain pages or possibly chapters in the handbook. Rather than replacing complete handbooks, only send out the changes that need to be replaced in a 3 ring binder format. This would save paper, contribute to environmental conservation, printing costs, etc. In order to make sure the handbook is up to date provide an index ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Allow FAA Airports to centrally fund/select/manage Env. Doc. Preparation for AIP Development

Background: Currently the FAA Airport line of business (LOB), issues Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Grants to eligible airport sponsors. AIP grants are issued to fulfill all eligible project requirements from planning to construction. The FAA as the sponsoring (funding) federal agency is required to ensure that the airport sponsor fulfills FAA’s requirements for compliance with the National Environmental Policy ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Provide non-motorized vehicle reimbursements.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized vehicle reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If as an example, just 2% of the federal employees would use bicycles that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead of 50 cents/mile for automobile use -- many millions of dollars would be saved ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Let the USG Produce/Refine/Store Oil for Its Own Use

In addition to Private production. (NOT Nationalizing/takeover) US Government Owned/Run Oil Exploration/Drilling/Refining/Storage to be used for USG needs (Cutting out the middle men for fuel). Fact: The US Government is the largest consumer of fuel in the US. Fact: Approximately 25% of the planned Department of Defense budget is for fuel. More is used during wars. Fact: The US Strategic Petroleum Reserves are in ...more »

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