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Legislative Branch

Water Conservation: BUILD CONSERVATION GARDENS

Create conservation gardens at Federal Facilities. Achieve low maintenance, beautiful landscaping while saving precious water and money. Incorporate native and drought tolerant flora, native bunch grass meadow (instead of traditional lawn), mulch and weed barriers (retain moisture, reduce weeds), hardscaping (stone, wood, dry creek beds, paths, patios), recycled materials, and a water efficient irrigation system (drip... more »

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Department of Justice

Conserve Power and water

In my ventures as a government employee I do see a lot of waste in electricity and water. I have noticed a sink in the bathroom of my office building that has run nonstop since I moved to this location a year and a half ago, if that was my sink at home I would have had a heart attack when I got my water bill, even after it has been reported to the building repair staff it goes unfixed, and we are asking the American people... more »

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General Services Administration

Drip, drip, drip.

Rain capture is one of the least-expensive, and cost-effective modifications that can be made to a commercial building. The rain downpipes are simply diverted to inexpensive plastic rainbarrels. This rain water can be coupled with inexpensive gravity-fed drip irrigation tubes to water flower beds and shrubs and beneficial landscaping. Coupled with drip irrigation, Federal water costs can be reduced by up to 90% in certain... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Lawn Rain/Moisture Shutoff Devices

I was driving home last night, and although we just had a major rainfall the afternoon before, I saw all of the sprinklers around the The Elipse and Washington Monument running. If the government is serious about saving resources, financial as well as environmental, then it would make sense for all federal properties to install lawn rain/moisture shutoff devices.

As some examples:

http://buildgreen.ufl.edu/Fact_sheet_Soil_Moisture_Sensors.pdf... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Fire Camp Plastic Reduction

Currently, hundreds of thousands of dollars on bottled water at firecamps in support of the firefighters. Tha majority of the water comes in 16 or 20 oz bottles. This creates a huge cost burden when it comes to disposal. Many of these bottles fly out of the back of vehicles and are left behind in our wildlands as Trash. Furthermore, many areas and states do not recycle.

I would like to propose that water only come... more »

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General Services Administration

Sustainable Dual Flush Toilets

These toilets have a different button to differentiate between solid and liquid waste. When the lever is pulled up, say for liquid waste significantly less water is used to dispel of the waste. This method is effective and cost efficient. The saving would come in water usage, both in the conservation of the liquid, but in the amount of dollars we pay for it each month. Currently the same amount of water is used for each... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

low water toilets

I installed a 1.28 gallon-per-flush toilet at home and it works as well as my old toilet made in 1952. Before I bought it I checked it out on the Internet and found out that there is an organization dedicated to testing toilets using a certain kind of bean paste as a substitute for what could be difficult to flush down without a lot of water. New toilets installed by the government should use as little water as necessary... more »

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Department of Energy

Reduce/adjust/eliminate grass irrigation on Federal property

Lawns are high-maintenance and use a tremendous amount of water -- almost 8 billion gallons a year in the US. Taking into consideration the current struggling economy and specifically the tightening of Federal budgets, I find it disconcerting almost every morning as I drive down East Capitol Street/Independence into work when my car gets a free car wash, compliments of the US Capitol lawn irrigation system. The irrigation... more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce Restroom Waste (Water & Paper Towels, not the other kind)

Automatic flush toilets are a horrible waste of water because many of them flush several times per user (especially when the user has to deal with nylons and the sensor keeps detecting movement within the stall.) Some even flush when someone just passes by the stall.

Automatic Sinks can also be a huge waste of water (and electricity) since the user cannot turn the water off immediately when they are finished.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Help environment and save money

Instill low flow toilets and urinals in high area use bathrooms throughout VA. Add water flow restrictors to existing faucets. Because these are high use areas, the toilets will pay for themselves in 3-6 months and then will start saving money. They will also reduce water usage significantly. Faucet flow restrictors will help save money right away and are very easy to install.

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Department of Commerce

Save Water - install composting toilets

Create a program to install self-contained composting toilets that use no water or electricity as an option for employees working at federal facilities. There would be some upfront cost to purchasing the toilets, but the money would go to made in the USA suppliers (e.g. http://www.sunfrost.com/composting_toilets.html). Overtime saving in water and a free supply of compost for landscaping the facility would defray the... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Tap water is good enough for the President

The President can provide by example a push toward improving city water plumbing systems by eliminating serving size bottled water in the White House. 16 to 20 oz bottles cause add a significant amount of waste on our land fills. A lot of this water comes from overseas, according to the label, which implies American jobs were not needed to produce either extract the water, produce the bottle, or sell it to us. Americans... more »

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Legislative Branch

Energy Efficiency in Military Housing

Create legislation that allows military personnel who live in government-provided housing to perform energy efficient upgrades at their own expense.

This idea would save installations in water/electricity utilities, and would not require any new monies to be allocated in the budget.

Military families know how to save, and often adopt a conservationist lifestyle out of necessity to stretch the family dollar. Things... more »

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