Make all non emergency government agencies go to four ten hour days with every friday off. The buildings could shut down a day early and save millions in energy costs. Also, environmental benefits would be substantial by keeping cars off the road an extra day.
A geothermal heat pump or ground source heat pump (GSHP) is a central heating and/or cooling system that pumps heat to or from the ground. It uses the earth as a heat source (in the winter) or a heat sink (in the summer). This design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce... more »
In my office, with every document that is printed, a cover sheet with our username is printed as well. Most of our work is non-classified, and I know that in two years, I have collected over a ream of these cover sheets. I suggest that cover sheets for non-classified printing be abolished.
Turning off computer monitors during off-work hours would save electricity, as well as reduce cooling costs from the significant heat output.
Many unemployed would sign up to support national work projects to build a smarter energy grid, or water transport system, or internet and communications networks. It would build our infrastructure and put people to work. It can be overseen by our existing Corps of Engineers or the like. Let's get it on!
Eliminating most hard copies of project review documents would significantly reduce production costs as well as waste paper. Each project requires minimum 3 reviews during design phase, and each review consists of 10-20 copies of 2,000 pages of drawings and specs. That's $15,000 per project when you include shipping. Electronic submittals would greatly reduce costs.
Many of the cities of the US have very old underground pipes which are failing
everywhere. Pipes are breaking and not being repaired properly. Precious water is being wasted. This will escalate to be a huge problem some day. Why not train and put people to work to replace all of the underground water supply pipes. If a city has underground pipes greater... more »
Create a design clearing house for government agencies and districts to share designs that are already on the shelf. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, use the spare tire!
If an employee researches is able to officially travel with an airline that is more advantageous to the government than the contract carrier, they can submit submit what is necessary. Since there is already a government contract, it would be reasonably easy to verify.
Likewise, any employee willing... more »