Legislative Branch

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Default Typeset

Change all default typeset to Century Gothic, which saves 30% more ink than Arial. This would result in millions of dollars in savings for the government, with a very simple change.

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Executive Office of the President

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Making Radioactive Waste Safe and Saving Money to Boot

I suggest you instruct the Department of Energy (DOE) to immediately employ the process of Nuclear Remediation to make spent nuclear fuel non-radioactive and safe. The process was developed by Paul Brown, PhD and involves bombarding nuclear waste with specific types of energy to cause it to release its stored energy and become a nonradioactive, safe substance in the process. The savings would be all the money we currently ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Responsable use of base boiler systems

The burning of shredded material in base boiler systems. The use of shredded material as a burnable fuel in military biolers would save the military in both natural gas and coal expenses. On average a small office can produce over 50-60 lbs of shredded material per week, add in other offices from a singe base and you can end up with thousands of lbs of shredded material per month that can be used to heat water, building, ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Ethanol on military bases

Use E85 Ethanol on military bases. Most military vehicles have Flex Engins that allow for the use of both methanol and ethanol. The use of ethanol in military vehicles would show how the military is trying to save the enviroment as well as save money at the pumps. it would also encourage military members to think green and buy vehicles that use alternative fuels thus saving the enviroment even more.

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Environmental Protection Agency

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FUND WATERSENSE! You know the VALUE OF CLEAN WATER, but do you really know its TRUE COST?

Similar to Energy Star, WaterSense is a voluntary partnership program developed by EPA that seeks to promote water efficiency and conservation through increasing the market for water-efficient products with demonstrated exceptional performance, while also encouraging innovative marketing low water-use practices. Also like Energy Star, WaterSense allows products that are tested and proven to meet EPA specifications to ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

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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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Department of Energy

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eliminate computer keyboard cleaners and save millions and the atmsophere

Eliminate the purchase and use of aerosol computer keyboard cleaners- save millions of dollars across the government, eliminate aerosol emmisions to the atmosphere (some of the cleaners are similar to refrigerants) and reduce the need to landfill or recycle the aerosol containers. Provide computer users with small paint brushes (or other brushes made for computer cleaning). that can be used to clean keyboards.

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Department of Health and Human Services

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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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Office of Personnel Management

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Kill the Jacket and Tie and Save Energy

In an effort to cut energy costs, relax the jacket and tie culture of government offices to allow for office buildings to have the thermostat set at 72 deg F or higher during the summer. Most desktop computers do not need to be cooled at 69 deg F. Conference rooms could be set at a cooler temp when in use but general office spaces are often chilly and require sweaters or jackets during the day, even when it is 90 deg ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

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Scratch This! (Pad, that is).

I have a suggestion to save money - government wide. I call it "Scratch this! (pad, that is)." This is a very simple idea with huge cost-savings. When I was in the private sector, I worked at a hotel/resort that conducted business with a printing company (letterhead, business cards, etc.) We were constantly steno pads, tablets of paper, etc., for folks to jot down notes (even though those notes were of a temporary ...more »

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Department of Transportation

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Air Traffic Control

There are large expenses in maintaining air traffic control towers - hvac, facilities, engine generators, etc. Also, air traffic controllers are paid high salaries. NATCA would like you to think they are suffering and poor, but the public is not that ignorant. With today's high speed technology and redundancy capabilities, it is possible to simply have a few poles with video cameras placed around the airport, instead ...more »

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