Department of Health and Human Services

Reusing Styrofoam Boxes/Packages

While working at the NIH I see a lot of shipping materials arriving by Styrofoam boxes. We do not reuse or recycle them. They go to the trash straightaway. There is no policy that I know for recycling them. The danger is styrofoam is non-degradable, and it can last FOR EVER as pollutant in the environment. Even metals, such as iron and tin, degrade over a period of hundreds of years but not the styrofoam. We MUST reuse... more »

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Department of Energy

Make Telework a reality, not just a deceptive “check in the box”

Everyone seems to support Telework, yet very few employees participate, and if they do, it’s for one day a month, or something just as silly. I once heard OPM director John Berry state that he envisions a Federal employee that can telework with their gov’t issued computer pool side, or at the beach…as long as they’re getting their work done. Getting over the stigma of “working from home” when not really working while... 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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Legislative Branch

Housing Incentive

Provide an incentive for people to purchase or rent a place to live that is close to work. At many locations, people commute great distances to get to work. Offering the incentive, which could be in the form of a reduced interest loan or one time payout linked to continued occupancy, would encourage people to live closer to where they work. This would reduce pollution and time spent on the road and away from families,... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco-free Government

Prohibit the use of tobacco products on ALL federal property, both owned and leased, indoors and outdoors. This idea should be implemented across ALL federal agencies. This will reduce litter, reduce healthcare costs, reduce health insurance costs, reduce fires, and allow people to breathe air free of tobacco pollution.

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Legislative Branch

More Commuter Busses

Commuter Busses are a great way to go and come to work! Who really needs to drive to get into DC and congest these streets? Washington/Baltimore has now become the #1 worst traffic in the Nation (according to WTOP Radio--Chris Core). There is no need for all this! The government already subsidizes these busses, but they do not do much to encourage these practices. Each filled Commuter Bus can take off approximately 50... more »

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