Legislative Branch

Energy Efficiency in Military Housing

Create legislation that allows military personnel who live in government-provided housing to perform energy efficient upgrades at their own expense. This idea would save installations in water/electricity utilities, and would not require any new monies to be allocated in the budget. Military families know how to save, and often adopt a conservationist lifestyle out of necessity to stretch the family dollar. Things ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Crewmember Paperwork Reduction Initiative

Thousands of crewmembers are processed by Customs and Border Protection Officers in extremely busy airports with numbers that range as  high as 41 million passengers (including as much as 8 million international passengers) in Atlanta's Hartfield Jackson International Airport (US busiest airport) to average 29 million passengers a year including 9 million international passengers every year in over 20 airports around ...more »

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Department of Energy

Data Center Energy Practitioners

Require every federal data center be assigned a certified Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP). DOE has identified this as a data center best practice in its 2011 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP). Currently, very few federal data centers have active energy efficiency policies and practices in place. Assigning a DCEP to each data center would greatly assist the Facilities & IT orgs in the identification ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Efficient Federal Vehicles

After contract agreements to purchase federal automobiles, not including those needing quick acceleration or for security, electric and hybrid government vehicle should be purchased to reduce spending for gasoline. The hybrid vehicles should be those engineered to use battery power while in idle and at speeds up to 20 mph. This is a first step in removing some government dependency on gasoline. It should prove to show ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Regional and Area Office Site Visits by Video Teleconferencing

All Regional and Area Office Site Visits should be conducted by teleconferencing. The time spent travelling, in additional to the mileage and hotels required, cost the Federal Government millions of dollars yearly. Videoteleconferencing is a very effective method of communication and is commonly used in the private sector. The advances in automation now allow ROs and Area Offices to see the same listings and documents ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Turning it Off: A Simple Solution to Energy Managment

Have federal buildings that operate off a timer for most electronic equipment and lights. Almost all equipment except servers that save data. Having electronic equipment such as computer workstations, printers and fax machines. The equipment should shut off during off duty hours and turn on before shift work starts. This would most likely save hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars in electricity bills per year. ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Save Energy, Money, & Planet through Better Insulation

At the Kennedy Space Center as with many Government facilities, there are many buildings with spaces that must be kept cool for sensitive equipment and hardware. These facilities include laboratories, workshops, hangars, spacecraft assembly buildings, etc. that tends to be large buildings with much air leakage and high rates of solar heat gain. The air conditioning demands can easily account for 50% or more of the power ...more »

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Department of Energy

Reduce Drinking Fountain Water and Energy Waste

This is a simple idea, but I think it can make a big impact if implemented across the Federal government. I am a graduate intern and am quite busy right now (work, thesis, etc.) so I have not been able to further research this idea, unfortunately. I think the analysis is worth doing, though, and would happy to assist with such research in the future. So here is my idea: Water drinking fountains are wasteful; unless ...more »

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Department of Energy

IT Development

Many government agencys have duplicative IT development efforts going on within their Agency because the Agency's CIO does not have the authority or responsibility to oversee all Agency IT development efforts. Make each Agency's CIO responsible for all IT development within the Agency. The CIO would receive all the Agency's IT funding. All IT efforts would have to be approved through the Agency's IT Configuration Control ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Microsoft = Money

In today’s’ world everyone searches for data. Everyone has a laptop, not a desktop… an iphone, blackberry, or android phone, and everyone loves a simple conservative interface. Our dependency on Microsoft products offers no fiscal reward regarding cost, productivity, training, maintenance and growth. The data our federal government warehouses in contracted networks is ridiculously hard to navigate. I spend more time ...more »

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Department of Defense

Solar Power

Put solar power on all military dorms, and add heating to them as well. Not all government buildings are efficient in providing solar power, but the ones that are geographically located in areas feasible should be built with solar power panels.

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Department of Defense

Save Energy & Reduce Employee Downtime Through Smart Backups

Computer hardware and software failure may result in employee downtime and lost work. Some people mitigate this by backing up files on external hard disks. Unfortunately, backing up files can take up to several hours when the employee has more than 100 GB of data, which results in the inability to do work on the computer during that time. Computer access is critical to completing most tasks. The other option is to backup ...more »

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General Services Administration

Replace leafblowers with rakes

In the fall, the facilities workers at my agency use leafblowers to clean up the outside of our building. These leafblowers are not only expensive to buy (or rent) and to repair, but they waste energy and contribute to both air pollution and noise pollution. Why not replace those leafblowers with good old-fashioned rakes? Rakes are less wasteful, not just when they're being used, but also when they're being manufactured. ...more »

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