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Let us use the stairs!

Not entirely sure how much energy this saves, but people going up and down even one floor have to use elevators in our building. Stairwells should be easy enough to secure using badge access (that's all that secure the elevators..) - why force everyone to use the elevators? Like many folks I'd probably use the stairs more often than not. The elevators would get used less, saving the government money, it would allow me ...more »

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Limit Foreign Aid

The United States should end all foreign aid to countries we do not have treaties with except in cases of emergencies where we could give humanitarian support of food, water, disaster supplies, and medical supplies. We are sending billions of dollars overseas to some countries that we will not get anything in return with. If we have a treaty with them and can commercially export some commodity from them, or they play ...more »

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End military Aid and conditional loan guarantees to Israel

Israel is one of the wealthiest nations in the world with one of the lowest population densities and yet it receives half of the foreign military financing allocated annually by the US for every country in the world. This is approximately 3 billion dollars. On top of that, America provides conditional loan guarantees valued at another 3 billion per year. Given our current economic situation, it is time we use that money ...more »

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Saving on Travel Costs

I work for USAID overseas, and frequently the cost for air tickets and hotel reservations obtained through our contracted travel agency (CWL) is extremely higher than the ones we can obtain through the air company‚Äôs website or travel websites such as Expedia, Hotwire, Fedrooms, etc. I suggest that agencies may have the option to use website based options to procure travel but the contracted travel agent. Just to cite ...more »

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Shut off escalators that are adjacent to elevators

All escalators that are next to elevators should be shut off to conserve operating energy and maintenance costs. People are able to walk up a flight of stairs. If there is an elevator close enough to accomodate people who can't use stairs, the escalator is redundant. The exercise will also improve people's health, saving on health insurance costs.

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Eliminate Food for Peace Monetization

Monetization is a process whereby the department of agriculture purchases food in the United States that is then shipped overseas and sold in local markets. The proceeds of these sales are used for foreign assistance programs. A recent GAO audit found that over a 3 year period, $722 million was expended by USDA and USAID and only $503 million was available for foreign assistance programs. This means if the United States ...more »

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SAVE ENERGY, REDUCE COOLING!

The amount of cooling (air conditioning) used in the United States is excessive , unwarranted and wasteful. Central air conditioning requires about 50 times as much power as a 75-watt light bulb. Government buildings, instead of serving as models for energy efficiency, are culprits of excessive cooling levels as are most commercial and retail establishments. The Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC and ...more »

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