National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Paper Towel Waste

I discovered some statistics about my government center that were intriguing. We have 900 paper towel dispensers across our center with a population of 74% engineers. We purchase about 15,000 rolls each year costing the government easily over $100,000 per year. The Dyson Airblade claims to be the fastest hand dryer that is hygienic, with a sticker price of $1,119 for each system. I propose that if the government replaced ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Go Green(er)

I work for the Social Security Administration. Every day I process claims through several systems and frequently the claims information is printed out, even when I don't need a printout. We waste hundreds of sheets of paper on a daily basis. For an agency that is supposed to be "paperless", I feel this is wrong. We should be given the option of whether to print or not to print on all of our systems. This would allow ...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 Energy

Make the U.S. Federal Goverment the Green Example!

In an effort to cut the operational costs of federal government buildings, I propose installing solar panels and green roofing systems (similar to newly constructed condominiums) on older historic federal government buildings. Designs for new constructions should incorporate such updates.

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Department of Energy

Green Trash Disposal for Federal Buildings

Recently I came upon a green way to dispose trash that may help the federal government save money on tipping fees (hauling, disposal, and landfills costs), while helping to generate supplemental electricity and heat for its buildings. There is already a new technology called the Green Energy Machine (GEM), which each unit can process 3 tons of trash daily (wood, paper, cardboard, plastics, food, and agricultural materials) ...more »

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Department of Defense

Relax dress code during summer months

During the summer months we are spending significant amounts of money to run AC units at high levels so that our work force can feel comfortable while wearing suit and tie business attire. We should relax work force dress codes during these months and significantly reduce AC costs. It’s 102 today in the DC area and I brought my suit coat to work. This makes no sense.

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Department of Energy

Federal Self Sustaining Green Facilites and Bases

Turn large Federal facilities and bases into self-sustaining power plants using green energy such as solar, wind, geothermal, etc. This creates jobs, stimulates the local economy for each large facility, stimulate green initiatives, save money and the enviornment. Excess power can be sold back to the local power companies or used to charge an electric Federal fleet of cars.

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Environmental Protection Agency

eRent

Many agencies, including ours at EPA’s Region 9, have moved to digitize documents, making it possible to retrieve reports and forms online. During our internship this summer, we recognized a way to improve government efficiency while reducing waste: making electronic tablets available for rent or checkout at the agency library/communications center. We are cognizant that people will have different learning styles and ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Eliminate Title 23 Paper Copies

My Agenciy FHWA, recieves hard copies of Code of Federal Regulations Title 23 - Highways.

I believe the Agencie could save resources by eliminating the hard copies and just use electronic copies of this publication.

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