Department of Defense

Hybrid Humvees

My fellow soldiers are I are instructed to leave our Humvees idling when driving them for various reasons - losing radio frequencies, air-conditioning, etc. However, if a stop-start system could be retrofitted to Humvees across the military (excepting those in Iraq and Afghanistan), we could save untold gallons of diesel that would otherwise be idled away without providing any benefit. With a light hybrid system, the ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Paper reduction when reviewing documents

Most of us on a daily basis review documents where we have to submit comments. It is frustrating to see upper management still doing handwritten comments to documents, which entail making copies of the documents and in most cases faxing the documents (more paper). This goes back and forth until a final document is agreed upon. There is no need for this unnecesary waste of paper and energy, when we all have Word or Wordperfect ...more »

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Department of Energy

All Around Government Savings

All government offices should install sensored lighting to reduce energy costs. In addtion all computer monitors should be turning off when no tin use.

 

On another note all money that wuold normally be spent campaining should be pooled together and used for charities and the betterment of city/town streets. Why waste millions of dollars, when everyday americans and there communities could use the help.

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Legislative Branch

Put your money where your mouth is

There is currently a lot of "green" rhetoric coming from the government these days, and I think it should put its money where its mouth is. My plan would have the current funds being used for subsidies and tax breaks in the energy markets should be diverted towards the purchase of green technologies (ie. smart grid, solar panels, wind turbines, etc.) at federal complexes. A purchase of this size would drive down the ...more »

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Department of the Interior

All government buildings should be net-zero energy consumers

Many local governments have taken on a policy that any new building, or those over a certain amount, be LEED certified. This is a great step, but the idea can go further within the federal government. We have the technology to make buildings cost-effectively which consume no more energy than they produce on-site. This would not only save money on energy bills over many years that the building stands, but spur innovation ...more »

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Department of Energy

Feeding America

Consider use of required art funding to plant use and native plants along side federal highways, buildings, and infrastructure. It currently costs the federal governement millions of dollars to "beautify" federal infrastructure that has to be supported and maintained. Make the "beautification" come through art dollars to create renewable and edible landscaping. Local entities can utilize the fresh results to feed the ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Light it Up Right

Lighting typically accounts for 25% to 50% of energy use in most buildings. During our summer internship at EPA Region 9, we recognized 2 easy ways to increase lighting efficiency: adopting occupancy sensors and LED bulbs. These methods will result in both energy and cost savings. They have been touted for public use by EPA, DOE, and DOI. Occupancy sensors are devices, frequently mounted on the wall or ceiling, ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Energy Audit Measures Could Save $5 billion

Energy Audits are complete for a large number of federal facilities. These energy audits produced numerous recommendations that can produce savings at a rapid rate. Some of these measures will pay for themselves in less than a year and begin saving money after that point and far into the future. All measures with a payback of less than five years should be implemented immediately. These energy savings measures will ...more »

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General Services Administration

New Building Sustainability

Building south facing construction in cooler climates to take advantage of passive solar gain. This would cut down on heating costs by effectively using the natural energy to aid in heating the buildings.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Reduce Cost, Energy, and Time with Electronic Fill-able Forms.

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. “ Thomas Edison Every agency and department in the federal government are well familiar with forms. We use them for Annual Leave, Sick Leave, CompTime, OverTime, ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Prisons

LABOR-Develop a reasonable labor requirement to cut cost the Govt, would otherwise spend on Fed employees, contractors, or private sector. Since they are receiving better healthcare than most, cable which some still can't afford, and exercise equipment which some can't afford or are to busy working to use, we might as well educate them and give them a skill so they may positively contribute to society. Maybe in the process ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Go For All Quick Payback Energy Savings Measures

Energy Audits are complete for a large number of federal facilities. These energy audits produced numerous recommendations that can produce savings at a rapid rate. Some of these measures will pay for themselves in less than a year and begin saving money after that point and far into the future. All measures with a payback of less than five years should be implemented immediately. These energy savings measures will reduce ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Energy Solutions

We the people of the government need to be the pioneers of conservation, sustainability and preservation. We can do this by implementing environmentally friendly energy solutions. We start by outfitting our visitor centers, employee housing and government workstations with solar panels. After we have fine tuned the smaller structures we shift our focus towards larger buildings such as HQ, regional offices and eventually ...more »

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