Showing 25 ideas for tag "conservation"

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 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
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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 Defense

Create an incentive to use less fuel.

Military rates for fuel are quite low, which result in backwards purchasing decisions such as using diesel for heating. If we imposed a government-wide tax on fuels we could use this money to reward agencies that find creative ways to save fuel. The tax will make purchasing decisions more rational, and the incentive could fund novel energy solutions.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Power down computers when not in use!

Encourage computer users to shut down computers at night if they are not in use. This will not only save the power that the computer uses while sitting idle, but it will cause the computer to generate less heat, meaning cooling systems will also use less power as well. A hidden benefit is that the computers will last longer before component failure, as just being on, whether in use or not, ages the computer faster than... 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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Department of Justice

Conserve Pixels and Save Millions on Toner

My department, the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, spends approximately $150,000 annually on toner cartridges. The federal government as a whole probably spends hundreds of millions annually on toner cartridges. But pixel overlap wastes unnecessary toner. The government should employ pixel management software, which tracks and eliminates pixel overlap in printed documents to save toner costs without sacrificing... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Turn It Off!

Government agencies, as well as businesses and households, rely a great deal on electronics such as computers and their relating accessories. It would greatly save the government a great deal of money if a few habits were instituted, even if it happens just one employee at a time. First, computer monitors ought to be turned off, such as at lunch time and at the end of one's shift. PCs are generally left on 24/7. It would... more »

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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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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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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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