Department of the Interior

Ecofonts for reduction of the use of printer ink

One of the daily expenses for the government is the money spent on printing supplies, especially ink. The use of special printing fonts could save an estimated 25% on the use of ink for laser and inkjet printers. Through government-wide implementation of software (such as ecofont http://www.ecofont.com/en/products/green/printing/saving-printing-costs-and-eco-friendly/why-ecofont-saves-more-ink-than-century-gothic.html) ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Telework for Government employees on code-red/code-orange air quality days

Government employees should be encouraged to work from home on code red air quality days. This will decrease the amount of pollution emitted, it would decrease overhead costs for the government, and it would protect human health by keeping employees from breathing the poor air quality. This could, in turn, reduce the number of doctor/hospital visits for people who are sensitive to the pollution, which would then save ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Greening Energy Costs

Leverage existing government properties to implement green energy technologies to reduce overall energy costs. For example, large vacant property abutting the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Artesia, NM location could be used to install wind turbines to power the buildings there, reducing overall energy costs of the Center while simultaneously lowering its carbon footprint. The roofs of the building could be ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Save $20M+ annually - Electronically Print & Deliver Congressional Record

The Congressional Record cost tax payers $28,390,000 each year to print and deliver to Congress. If converted to electronic format, voice and color enhancements could be added simultaneously with electronic dissemination to significantly reduce these costs in the millions of dollars. Additionally, speedier dissemination (via email, RSS Feed, special website, etc.), authentication and preservation would be guaranteed ...more »

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General Services Administration

Reduce government landscaping costs

Review the costs of grounds and landscape maintenance at all federally-owned facilities and all federally-leased facilities. Reward xeriscaping and use of native/local plants or non-plant features (rock gardens, etc.) Set targets for reducing landscaping that requires extra care, extra watering, changeout of flowers at seasons and reward meeting or exceeding those targets.

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Department of Transportation

Transit Benefits for Bikes

Commuters should be able to receive transit benefits for bikes in lieu of Metro benefits. These could go towards bike maintenance, or to pay for bike storage lockers at Metro stations. At just $0.55/day for a bike locker, this is a third of what I currently receive to take a bus instead. By encouraging commuters to bike, and making it easier to do so, savings could be realized not just in less SmartBenefits being paid ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Electronic Signature-A GREEN Cost Saving Initiative

Update the E-Sign Act of 2001 requiring electronic signature on all documents and accompanying storage within 5 years. Savings in paper, mailing costs, fax machines, paper storage (it is a MAJOR GREEN initiative). Efficiency is increased by seamless transfer of information at the speed of the network. Security is increased by electronic encryption of documents. Federal acceptance will jump start private sector for major ...more »

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General Services Administration

White Roofs for Government Buildings

Agency roofs are routinely repaired or repainted. GSA and OMB should require, where feasible, that when an Agency roof is repainted or newly constructed, that it be white to reflect heat and reduce energy bills. Agencies spend around 5% of their total budget on infrastructure and utility expenses, totalling billions across the whole Federal family. Nearly half of all utility costs come from heating and cooling. AC requires ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Use RFID Chips in Passes to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

We should incorporate Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips into the annual and lifetime passes for the National Park Service and other federal fee lands in order to drastically reduce carbon emissions from vehicles waiting to enter our national parks and other federal fee areas. Actually, this idea would provide many benefits including enhanced visitor experience due to quicker entrance, more accurate collection ...more »

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