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Environmental Protection Agency

Reduce Monitoring Burdens Under ESA

For many projects monitors are required by entities to watch for Threatened and Endangered Species. Monitors can cost $100+ an hour. In addition dependent upon the species present, more than 1 monitor is required.

Reduction of the efforts for monitors could include: for cultural allowing a maximum of 1 monitor. For ESA reduction could include first week of work monitoring with periodic inspections, unless it is occuring... more »

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Reduction of Monitoring Efforts Under Section 106

For many projects monitors are required by entities to watch for cultural resources under Section 106. Monitors can cost $100+ an hour. In addition dependent upon the cultural resource present, more than 1 monitor is required (tribal and archaelogical).

Reduction of the efforts for monitors could include: for cultural allowing a maximum of 1 monitor, unless tribal entities choose to participate/volunteer in addition... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Light it Up Right

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 »

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Market Maker

Each department of every governmental agency has an expenditure budget dedicated to office supplies/items/furniture. The EPA’s Region 9 spends around $50,000 per year on office items. That’s approximately $500,000 for just the EPA on office supplies. During our summer internship, we sighted one way that federal dollars could be used more efficiently, support American companies, and spur the green economy: by leveraging... more »

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eRent

Many agencies, including ours at EPA’s Region 9, have moved to digitize documents, making it possible to retrieve reports and forms online. During our internship this summer, we recognized a way to improve government efficiency while reducing waste: making electronic tablets available for rent or checkout at the agency library/communications center.

We are cognizant that people will have different learning styles and... more »

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