General Services Administration

Eliminate Washing Sidewalks and similar surfaces.

I have observed many government office building owners or landlords that use water to flush dirt off their sidewalks and driveways. I suggest sweeping up the dirt and placing it in an area that could use more soil. This could help protect our waterways and conserve clean water for its intended use. Go green.

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Department of Defense

10-15% of Power Wasted on Idle Equipment

How would you like to save billions of dollars with one flick of your finger? There are many pieces of government owned equipment that continue to draw power even though there is no use for them during off-duty hours. According to epa.gov (http://www.epa.gov/climateleaders/documents/events/11feb_plugloads.pdf) these “power vampires” account for 10-15% of commercial power use. Monitors for example, even while off, ...more »

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Department of Defense

DoD a leader for Water Conservation efforts

The Department of Defense should lead water conservation efforts by implementing water collection methods and recycling on its facilities, ships, etc...For example ships undergo inclement weather at sea instead of allowing rain to go down the rain, a collection method or apparatus should be installed to redirect or harness this wasted blessing.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Conservation Policy and Training

The government should promote a national policy of conserving energy and other resources, starting with itself by providing mandatory conservation training to government employees, and developing a related public service campaign for all Americans. This training should educate employees on the sources, costs, and consequences of energy production, and show them how to identify and stop wasting energy and other resources. ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Green Roofs

Install "green" sod roofs on Federal buildings to reduce summer temperatures, increase insulation, prolong lifetime of roof materials, slow down runoff, and provide wildlife habitats. Look up "Green Roof" on wikipedia.org for more information.

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Department of Defense

Wake-On-Lan utilization in the USAF

I am an IT contractor working on Hurlburt Field, an Air Force Base in Florida. I see, several times a week, employees come in to work, and have to wait (in some cases) up to an hour once they log in, to use their computer. This is caused because they were trying to be energy conservation minded, and they turn off their computers when they leave for the day. This causes some problems because they do not get security updates ...more »

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Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency

Require Computers Be Turned Off At Night, Save Millions

By turning off computers at night -- and making that a federal policy -- we can save millions (and energy, too). At the Department of Justice, I turn my computer off every day to save energy and money – but, because of security updates, I often find my computer turned back on in the morning, and I almost always find it on Monday morning, since updates were apparently performed the previous weekend. (And it’s often not ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Simple Steps for Energy Conservation and Trimming the Budget

When I was a kid my father always made me turn off the lights and unplug my surge protectors when I left the house. Over the course of a year the savings slight, over the course of 10 years the savings was very noticeable. Seems like the same concept could be applied to government office buildings. Step 1: Have IT automate computers to go into sleep mode after working hours. (Users will be prompted daily if they wish ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Ways to reduce waste involved in putting together veterans' claims files for Compensation and Pension

When putting together claims files for veterans' compensation and pension cases, stop printing out all of the medical notes from VA medical centers. All VA medical center l notes are already accessible to compensation and pension examiners via the computerized medical chart system (where they are much easier to read), so printing out of those notes is just wasteful of human resources, trees, and money. I am a Compensation ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Savers of the Future

A real save idea. Create a population of the future who will understand our relationship to the earth and the importance of conservation and may create leaders who can balance the economy and protect the environment. Our education is falling behind other countries. Children don’t know where their food comes from, where their energy comes from or how to enjoy the outdoors. They are losing their ability to do physical ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Common Sense: Print on Both Sides

I suggest that all agencies set all printers to default print on both sides. As new printers are purchased, make sure that all new models are able to print on both sides easily.

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Department of Agriculture

Itemized local billing of utilities promotes conservation.

Require line item envoices for utility usage and telephone costs from GSA and other service providers be provided to local office management (in addition to central agency billing). Locally, we could verify charges and provide quality of service feedback. This would also provide local agency offices with the information needed to both track/trend costs and target cost saving initiatives. Divisions could develop score ...more »

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Legislative Branch

lighting & energy conservation

promote shielded, low energy lighting and LEDs by state, municipal and federal agencies to save money, reduce taxes, reduce light pollution and control peak energy demands

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Department of the Interior

Keep Water on the Land Longer

Water flows down hill. The faster water flows the more andbigger rocks it can carry. The longer water remains on the land, the more productive the land can be. It takes money energy and effort to maintain a green lawn going in the middle of the summer. Infrastructure (roads, buildings, etc.) design often are designed without considering the effects of the resulting concentrated energies of runoff or the need for energy ...more »

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