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 »
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 »
Institute a summer dress code at federal agencies so the men don't need the AC so high to make up for them wearing heavy suits. Instead make the buildings less cold to save money and help the environment.
Allow employees to bring their pets to work, like progressive companies do. Of course, the pets should be clean, well-behaved and not distruptive. This would help with the stress level at work, even create a friendlier atmosphere with more team spirit, and happier employees. Employees wouldn't have to take time off to get home to their pets, or take time off to spend with a sick pet. Employees would be working in... more »