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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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Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing)

We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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Green initiatives

Many of our defense sites are located in areas which would benefit greatly from the use of green technologies. For example, sites located in desert locations could use solar panels to help alleviate the energy costs of daily business and of course air conditioning. I understand the upfront costs would be a bit more then other energy upgrades, but in the long term savings and environmental benefits would be huge. Every... more »

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Require the use of FEMP Energy Savings Performance Contracts

Maximum use of the DOE/FEMP ESPCs should be made mandatory (not just a recommendation) to conserve and produce as much energy as possible at all federal sites and buildings. The ESPCs provide “self-funding” and easily-authorized energy improvements but are grossly underutilized and largely unknown in the federal system. The ESPCs were established in the mid 1990s to help federal agencies, sites and buildings upgrade... more »

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Federal Government buys local

The White House could develop a program which promotes and encourages Federal Agencies to source products and services from the local community whenever possible if the products/services are available at a competitive market price. The Agencies would see a cost savings by reducing the amount of money spent on freight and shipping of items and the distance federal employees must travel to meet with vendors. There would... more »

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High Effiency Hand Dryers

High Efficiency hand dryers should be required by all federal agencies in order to save significant amounts of money on janitorial services contracts as well as maintain compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The use of automatic hand dryers can significantly reduce the amount of paper towels used in public restrooms, which can lead to significant reductions in operating cost, waste, and the overall impact... more »

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Green Energy - Bloom's Energy Server

Install Bloom Energy Servers (or similar technology) globally on DoD installations. What is a Bloom Energy Server? Built with their patented solid oxide fuel cell technology, Bloom's Energy Server is a new class of distributed power generator, producing clean, reliable, affordable electricity at the customer site. Fuel cells are devices that convert fuel into electricity through a clean electro-chemical process rather... more »

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Electric or Hybrid Government Vehicles

Implement mandatory procurement of electric or hybrid non-tactical government vehicles i.e sedans, vans and small trucks by the DoD globally. Currently, base transportation vehicle pools do not have an observable quantity of electric or hybrid vehicles. If a study or an inventory was conducted today, it would show that the DoD and taxpayers would SAVE millions of dollars in fuel and operation costs by converting their... more »

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Go Hybrid

Many of the vehicles in the DOD, in my experience exclusively the military, are depended on day by day for many to perform the mission. Whether it be to drive to and from a briefing, sitting idle to watch traffic and clock speeders/ those who roll through the stop signs, to sit idle and drive crew chiefs and aircraft specialsts back and forth on the flight line as they prepare jets for their missions, the list goes on.... more »

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Go Green the Corporate Way

Allowing more natural light to enter Bldgs will help reduce energy costs significantly. Installing skylights durable enough to withstand local weather in key common locations such as hallways, waiting areas, conference rooms, auditoriums, etc., will save the DoD millions in energy costs while maximizing mother nature's power. We see this in homes, large corporations, airports, etc, and it works. Corporations have invested... more »

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Using Solar Sterling Systems for power

We usually think about solar panels when we talk about solar energy. Instead we could use Solar Sterling engine for power generations. Current systems out on the market have an efficiency return of 26% with up 30%+ when temperatures are cold; most solar panels are around 10% to 18%. In addition these systems have three advantages over solar panels. One they are already setup for AC power so adding them to the power... more »

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Simple Solar Idea for Military Installations

Cover the roofs of large buildings on military installations with solar panels. The enormous square footage of these roofs presents an "already-in-place" platform for solar energy generation. No additional space would be required for solar farms, wind turbines (which would be impractical due to the danger posed to flight operations), etc. Just use the space we already have. This would drastically reduce the strain... more »

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