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Department of the Interior

Go solar

The National Park Service should go solar. If we can use all renewable energy in all National Park Service buildings and facilities, it will save lots of money in the long run (though it would be an investment at first). Plus we'd be effecting the environment in a positive way, and leading by example.

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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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Legislative Branch

Turn Down the Air Conditioning!

I work in a beautiful LEED-certified building on the CDC campus in Atlanta, but the A/C is turned on so high in the summer that we have to wear sweaters and gloves. We could save a LOT of money on electricity, and improve the comfort of our workplaces, by turning the A/C up to at least 78 degrees. I believe there was a Presidential Order in 2009 to set the temperature at 78 degrees in the summer, but it does not seem... 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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Department of Health and Human Services

Laboratory Recycling

Start recycling plastic containers used for lab experiments. While there is a biohazard concern, the CDC has developed a SOP to properly sterilize the plastics so they no longer pose a safety threat. In one year the CDC/ATSDR laboratory recycling pilot led to the diversion of approximately 1,500 pounds of solid plastic waste from two laboratories. Recycling saves money as many vendors will pay for recycled materials.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Provide non-motorized vehicle reimbursements.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized vehicle reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If as an example, just 2% of the federal employees would use bicycles that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead of 50 cents/mile for automobile use -- many millions of dollars would be saved... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Support Quieter Work Environments To Improve Efficiency

I suggest you switch to the use of full-height (floor to ceiling and fully enclosed) cubicle environments in order to facilitate a quieter work environment and increased productivity. Also, discontinue the use of "quads", where 4+ people share a cubicle environment, when such an environment is not required. Software developers and other office workers who perform a large amount of effort mentally, often require higher... more »

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General Services Administration

Install lighting motion sensors in office buildings

In GSA contracts to manage/lease offic building facilities, include a default requirement that all rooms be equpped with motion sensors for lighting, with controls. People tend to leave lights on when they leave, and often there is no way to turn off hallway lights for occupants. By having sensors as a default, the lights will automatically go out on nights and weekends. With a dial to adjust the amount of time until... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Eco-friendly beagle transport

Working as a canine handler I spend alot of time in a government vehicle. I am also concerned about the state of our environment and try to been as green as I can in my own life and my career. Driving so much reminds me of how much fuel the government uses in its daily activities and I wonder how we can reduce that. Even a slight reduction accross the board would have a large impact because of the number of vehicles... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Use accountability to reduce printing costs

I constantly see papers sitting by the printers and copiers throughout this agency that no one claims. I'm sure this contributes to many wasted dollars and is not environmentally conscious. I think that agencies should require government employees to enter a unique individual or office access code before utilizing printers and copiers. A sense of accountability can encourage employees to think twice before hitting the... more »

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Legislative Branch

Save a million trees...For FREE

Save a million trees...For FREE

Minimize Paper Waste, Increase Security and Efficiency with Electronic Filing as Primary File System

The Government has already paid for systems (so technically free) specifically designed to scan virtually all of our documents into so that we have copies of important files on hand at all times, we don't "lose" hundreds of files every year and we don't have to keep thousands of pages... more »

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Legislative Branch

Green Spaces on Federal Buildings

Create green space gardens on top of federal buildings, much like has been done in Chicago. This will help reduce the Federal government's energy costs while producing vegetables that can be distributed to area schools for use in the school lunch or WIC programs, or to be distrubuted to families located in areas considered food deserts.

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Environmental Protection Agency

EPA: Let's practice what we preach

At EPA, trash cans at every workstation are emptied every day. The problem is that no matter how much or how little trash the can contains, the practice is to pull out the over-sized plastic bag lining the can and replace it. I've been observing this practice for some time and noticed that, as often as not, the plastic bag lining the can represents a larger proportion of the waste than the trash it contains. I suggest... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reimbursement for other than motorized transportation.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized transportation reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If, as an example, just a couple percent of federal employees would use bicycles, small-wheeled transport, wheelchairs, kayaks, walking, etc. that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead... more »

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