Department of Defense

Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) and Green Electricity

Because of its inherent safety features, non-proliferating and super-efficient green technology, it is proposed to install underground, small-scale Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTR) in all U.S. Navy installations around the world to provide electric power at a cost less than that from coal power plants. Some of the many advantages of the LFTR system over other nuclear reactor designs are presented. It is the unique... more »

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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 Energy

OPEN MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS!!!!

What is the most effecient and cleanest energy source?! Lets USE IT THEN!!!! Nuclear Power is the future! Wind is weak, Sun is always going down, coal is dirty! We are advanced in technology so lets act like it!

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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 Justice

Bureau of Prisons Call-Out/Change Sheets

Institutions print out call-outs / change sheets for inmates to view every day. One copy may contain up to 25 pages of entries. As many as 75 copies are made each day for posting in various areas for inmates to read. This accounts for as much as 13125 pages of printed material for one week at one institution. If you two side print the document, it still amounts to 6563 printed pages of material per week for one institution.... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

MANDATORY CPU shutdown @ COB & prioritize IT updates, Save $10M

Here's how to save millions per year by flipping a switch. There is an all encompassing SOP that dictates federal employees leave their computers on (in "locked" mode) at the end of the day. This is a huge waste of electricity (ESPECIALLY if the monitor and speakers are also left on) I understand that the reason for this is so that IT can complete system updates using less bandwidth. However, by dividing the computers... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

SAVE AWARD implemented and administered at the Department level

Each department would be responsible for implementing an electronic “suggestion box” for their employees.

 

If employees can see and submit ideas online at their department web site throughout the year it would result in two positive developments: employees would contribute their ideas more often, and management of that department would less likely dismiss the suggestions of their employees.

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Department of Homeland Security

Faxmail

Prior to working for the federal government, I spent approximately five (5) years employed in the private sector. A growing practice was the implementation of faxmail. The idea is simple: an individual is assigned a phone number, and when he/she receives a fax, it goes directly into his/her email inbox. With the goal of creating a paperless work environment, the receipt of an electronic fax will create an instant savings... more »

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Department of Energy

Do not put PV panels on Roofs

PV Paybacks are long especially if all costs are considered and not what is spent by the agency (subsidies just take money from other investment opportunities with potentially greater paybacks). With that said, if we are going to do it don't do it on roofs. We have enough problems with roofs and installing PV panels on them will probably make them worse. Also roof replacements become very expensive if PV panels must... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Pay the SAVE Award Winner a percentage of the savings...

Pay the winner of the SAVE Award contest a percentage of the savings that their idea generates in improving the quality of government output at lower costs or efficiency. This financial incentive would launch the potentiality and the dynamic energy of the brain power of more than 2-million federal employees located around the world. What should be the amount of the financial incentive for an individual winner or group... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Eco Friendly Staplers

There are staplers made that use no staples for up to five pages. Used for small staple jobs, both money and resources could be conserved.

 

These staplers are inexpensive and eco-friendly.

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Department of Defense

Put Solar on All Government Roofs when built or repaired

Roofing Projects for new government buildings and for Repairing existing government buildings is expensive, but it would Save a lot of money over time if we added Solar Panels at the same time as roof work is being contracted. The installation costs would be reduced greatly and the electrical savings would more than make up for the smaller construction cost over time and would lower our dependence on energy. It would... more »

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