Office of Personnel Management

Use Generic Letterhead and Plain Paper

My agency has customized letterhead printed for each of its major components. Instead, use a generic template for all to use and establish an agency-wide SOP on how to insert the organization's name. The generic letterhead should simply contain the agency logo, name, and "Washington, DC". If needed, add the website URL. Keep it simple. It's very costly to print reams and reams of customized letterhead. In addition, ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Incentive Based Recycling Program for low or no income or homeless residents of DC.

Create an incentive for low or no income and/or "homeless" residents of D.C. to assist with National Park Area cleaning and recycling. Since the trash/recycling capabilities around the National Mall area are often overburdened... offer financial, edible, or shelter type incentives to any individual that falls into the above categories, for policing up all of the trash, particularly the recyclables around the National ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Government Publications

Make government publications such as the Federal Register, CFRs, rules, regulations, newsletters, patent updates, export administration regulations available only as online versions. Printing hard copies every 3-4 months because rules and regulations change regularly are a complete waste of tax payers’ money. The hard copies are obsolete within a few months. If an organization wants a hard copy, they can download and ...more »

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General Services Administration

Hand dryers installed in all government facilities

Hand dryers should be placed in all government facilities as an option to dry hands. Hand dryers can cut costs by as much as 90%, when compared to paper towels. Paper towels need continuous refilling and waste removed. The switch would result in thousands of trees being saved per year. Additionally, landfill waste would be reduced as well. Furthermore, to produce the paper towels thousands of gallons of water and chemicals ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »

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Department of Justice

THE POWER OF ONE

A Government wide educational program that brings energy awareness and conservation to each individual government worker and shows that individual what a difference they can make. We, the United States federal government need to lead by example. By putting forth the effort to educate and bring awareness to all federal workers, that each one of us makes a difference, we will be taking the steps to be greener and will not ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Recycle for Cash

When I was in school, I remembered that we always had fund-raising events to help offset the cost of school supplies, or to pay for field trips, or to purchase team gear and uniforms. Of course, we sold pounds and pounds of candy, but what I remember being the easiest way to raise money was our paper drives. Our office already has a recycling program for paper waste. What if we take it a step further. We can recycle ...more »

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Social Security Administration

GO GREENER!

Even though most government organizations have labored to become 'paperless' there will always be a need for some hard copying. I propose that we recycle our own products and actually redistribute the recycled goods back into government organizations for use. I believe that it would not only be economical and enviornmentally friendly to recycle our paper goods (especially all the shredded materials) but this would also ...more »

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