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Department of the Interior

Reduce, Refine, Replace Mowing (The Mowing 3 Rs)

Challenge each agency to reexamine all areas currently being mowed and attempt to cut in half that wasteful activity. This will save on labor, equipment, fuel and maintenance costs while reducing air pollution and waste heat. Look for areas that can be mowed just once per year, perhaps at the end of the growing season and mulch the material in place to build up the soil and reduce transportation and landfill costs. Replace... more »

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General Services Administration

Summer Business Casual Dress Code = Less A/C

Why are federal employees expected to wear suits and ties during summer? The summer dress code for all federal workers should be changed to business casual [including golf shirts] and the ambient indoor temperature of federal office buildings should be increased 5 degrees. Employees will be more comfortable at work and commuting on mass transit, no more complaints about overly air conditioned offices, and the government... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Staggered pre-holiday hours at federal facilties

Pre-holidays are particularly problematic for traffic in DC and many other areas. This means that in the days just before holidays traffic can be especially slow, resulting in more carbon emissions/ global warming/ heating/ wasted time, etc.
Historical data could be used to determine which days staggering of work hours would be most useful. If tmay be that post-holiday traffic is as problematic, or moreso.
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Department of Energy

Require Geothermal for all long-term New Construction

Geothermal heating and air-conditioning systems cost more up front but, for long-term facilities, provide significant payback. Implementing geothermal HVAC for all government buildings expected to be in service for 20 or more years will decrease fuel demand, diminish global warming/heating, and increase the supply of contractors who can install such systems and do the necessary drilling, thereby lowering the cost for... more »

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Department of State

Partially Close Buildings on Gold Alert Days

The State Department should run on a federal holiday staff level for annexes and main government buildings on days that a “Gold Day Alert” is issued. Not only would this save money in operating costs by lowering the bill for electricity for air conditioning, lighting, and computers for a building full of people on a sweltering day, but it also would boost the economy. As our global warming begins to show more and more... more »

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Department of Defense

DoD LED light usage

Replacing all DoD lighting fixtures with LED fixtures would reduce the energy consumption of all DoD facilities by over 80% immediately. The cost of each fixture is less than $40usd to replace the energy equivalent currently being used. With each individual office holding more than 10 fixtures, this would dramatically decrease all energy consumption to 1/30th saving the DoD millions per installation and assist with "green"... more »

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