Department of Homeland Security

Solar Power and Eco-friendly facilites and equipment

We could save millions of dollars in costs just by building better facilities and improving existing facilities and equipment to be more eco-friendly. Currently the El Paso Border Patrol station is an example of the improvements that can be made in this area by using eco-friendly materials as well as solar power which currently supplies almost 20 % of the stations power needs. By utilizing solar power for facilities ...more »

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Department of Energy

Hybrid, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Solar, Natural Gas, and Electric Vehicles at All Government Facilities

I suggest you by Executive Order, or Federal Mandate that you require all government sites and/or facilities to replace all government SUVs, pickups, cars, and buses with the most energy efficient vehicles on the planet (i.e., Hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, electric vehicles, natural gas, solar, etc.). At one of the largest Department of Energy (DOE) Field Sites (Savannah River Site) on the planet, we have one hybrid car ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION:SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

GROW - FEAST - REPEAT

My suggestion is to create a small ecocycle for federal buildings with onsite food services. New food services contracts could include onsite production of produce, either on the grounds of the facility or on facility green roofs. This would turn water sucking lawns and bushes into food producing plants and herbs. Food is harvested by contractor and used in daily menus. Garden and vegetable waste is then composted to ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Reduce Energy Consumption at National Fish Hatcheries via Micro-Hydro Generators.

The National Fish Hatchery System's (NFHS) real property constitute only 6.2% of all Fish and Wildlife Service assets, but they use almost 1/3 of all FWS energy consumption. The average NFHS field station uses 2.6 times more energy than the average FWS field station, and 3.2 times the average Refuge. The top 20% of energy using NFHS sites use 60% of all energy consumed by the NFHS. Since the majority of hatcheries ...more »

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Department of Defense

Recharging Alkaline Batteries is Possible using Solar

I suggest you try and recycle alkaline batteries using the following method. My husband did this at home quite by accident, and it works fantastically for AA alkaline batteries. We have found that we can recharge and recycle alkaline batteries by putting them into our solar outdoor lighting systems instead of the expensive "solar" batteries. I guess the trickle charge is low enough and long enough to perform the job. ...more »

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Department of Justice

SOLAR DAYS: TURN OFF THE LIGHTS

Turn Off the Lights! This is a very simple principle. Savings would be evident even if we opted to assign one day each week as a "Solar" only day. Frankly, we can use sunlight to accomplish our many tasks throughout the day. So in addition to energy efficient lighting, we can definitely go the extra mile to simply turn off the lights. Now, doesn't "Solar Mondays" have a nice ring to it? Preferably, we should turn off ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »

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BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Smoke free Federal Buildlings and Offices occupied by Federal Employees

Make Federal Buildings and Offices occupied by Federal agencies/bureaus smoke free environments. This would include the area surrounding the building. As a result, it would decrease the number of employees taking smoke breaks during the day, ultimately wasting the tax payers money. According the the CDC, 21% of adults over the age of 18 are smokers. The average smoker takes 4-6 smoke breaks per day. If it takes 15 ...more »

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Energy Reduction

Put solar panels on all government facilities and reduce the use of interior lighting where natural light sources are.

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Legislative Branch

Pass meaningfull Climate Change legislation

Congress, at this point the Senate, needs to pass meaningful Climate legislation. All feds that know this is needed should be letting their elected officials, family, and friends know that this is critical. We should be on fire over this. We can't do it later!

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