Department of Housing and Urban Development

One Government Approach One Goal

I suggest you... Get the various agencies on the same track/schedule related to grants and funding opportunities where feasible. The government continues to talk to entitlement jurisdictions and grant recipients about strategic planning and building sustainable communities. We have numerous funding sources designed to get the country back on track both economically and socially yet we make the process extremely hard ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Paperwork Reduction

All government documents should be printed on double sided paper, and all unnecessary documents should be printed electronically and sent through email. I heard one story of the Census Bureau spending $10,000 to next day air a pad of paper from Washington, DC to California. This kind of spending is why the government gets a bad rap, and simply ridiculous spending like this is not something I want to pay for in taxes! ...more »

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RECYCLING!

Place recycling bins around for more than just aluminum cans, and encourage everyone to recycle their items. I see an enormous amount of recyclables in garbage cans simply because there is nowhere else to put them, or people just don't have any incentive to recycle. I suggest a presidential initiative to ask all government employees to recycle, and couple that with readily available co-mingled recycle cans.

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Make Government Buildings More Efficient!

The US Government is the world's largest owner of buildings. I suggest that every new building be made LEED Platinum or higher, since the initial cost difference is made back within 5 years with the energy and water it saves. Implementing other systems like solar hot water or thin film solar on existing buildings could make a large dent in the power consumption used by the US Government by utilizing distributed energy. ...more »

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TURN OFF COMPUTERS WHEN NOT USED!

Turn off computers when not in use. Upgrades could take place once a week, so there is no reason to have every console turned on 24/7. This could be controlled by a remote device that shuts down the computer when no one is logged in, and then starts it up if updates need to take place. There is no need to waste energy

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Department of Education

Personal Sustainability Projects

Start a sustainability education program where everyone is encouraged to have Personal Sustainability Projects, or PSPs. With very small costs and a huge number of people involved, an educational program like this can make a huge impact!

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Increase investment in training VA employees in SharePoint

Increase investment in training VA employees in SharePoint to realize the potential ROI of this collaboration tool. With all of the suggestions related to paperless processes, VA could drastically increase the adoption rate of SharePoint to capitalize on the benefits of this tool already in its posession. The Forrester Consulting report on Total Economic Impact of SharePoint suggests that the investment will certainly ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Mow and remove unwanted vegetation with sheep and goats where possible

Mow and remove unwanted vegetation with sheep and goats where possible. Natural vegetation removal through the use of sheep and goats wherever possible is something that could save the government millions annually, reduce pollution, maintenance, gas and oil requirements, while producing lean, healthy protein that needs to be purchased on a regular basis by the government anyway. With advances in portable electric netting ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Change who funds utilities

A problem I find often is that people do not think or care about energy usage because someone else is paying the bill. While energy is billed to the organization as a whole there is a lack of transparency to the end users. Just like when you start paying your electric bill at home, when you can see the consequences you will naturally conserve. Therefore energy funding should not be simply billed to an overarching organization ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Soda Machine Consolidation

Soda Machines are HUGE energy hogs and people are not aware of just much they are paying for their use. For my facility in Hawaii I plugged in a standard electrical meter to each our soda machines and discovered on average we are paying $90 a month to run each one, not including latent heat costs associated with running them in air conditioned spaces. In tracked down the inventory reports from the vendor it was discovered ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Low Flow Urinals

These urinals have a full flush with just 16 ounces of water saving 88% over conventional gallon flush urinals. They look and work just like conventional urinals and the only thing the user notices is a little plaque over the urinal that explains how this facility is committed to saving water and how these urinals are helping. I have installed these at every CG facility I can with excellent results. To get that extra ...more »

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