Department of Defense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Department of Energy

Retrofit Buildings to New Green Energy Efficient HVAC Technology

Almost 40% of the world's use of energy is to heat, ventilate and air condition (HVAC) buildings. I offer a license for use of patented technology, towards converting all or most government buildings to new, low installed cost, green, simple, energy-efficient HVAC systems, using high volume low pressure superchrger technology, combined with air vortex tubes. This implementation would save the government vast energy costs ...more »

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Department of Education

MANDATORY SCHOOL UNIFORMS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE U.S.A. (ELEMENTARY, PRIMARY, H.S.)

We all need to get in the habit of playing our part environmentally by reducing, reusing and recycling our waste, and if it has financial benefits then it is an even bigger bonus. If school uniforms were mandatory in every state, parents should be and would be encoraged to reuse and recycle unifroms and school sports kits because is GREEN AND SAVES MONEY! Also, school uniforms are a possitive impact on the learning enviroment. ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

MOA blanket with DHS agencies

There should be a blanket MOA covering the agencies in DHS. This would allow information to be shared (keeping PII standards) so that the mission of DHS is not hindered. Tom Ridge's intent was to have information flow from agency to agency for the creation of predictive analytics, so 9-11 would not happen again.

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Department of Energy

Put solar panels on government buildings

Put solar panels on all Government buildings in the South and West to save govt money and reduce mfg costs to encourage private use. It takes ~ 9 years to recoup costs of installing solar panels (not an issue for Govt who stays in buildings for decades). If there was a larger market for solar panels it would drive economies of scale to reduce costs to individuals (for home, small business, etc.).

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