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Department of Veterans Affairs

Go Green Spirit! Being Resposible for the Paper used.

I believe in being responsible for everything you do and say. And if we say we want to have a greener world then we should ACT on it and NOT just SAY it. Having said that, even though we are on our way to be in a paperless work environment, the truth is that we are not there yet and most people truly do want to have a greener world but just dont act upon it!

The reality is that copies are still printed for various uses:... more »

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Department of the Interior

Use can and bottle redemption money to fund full scale recycling

We currently give most returnable cans and bottles to charity. Although this is good, I think we could better be using this money to fund full scale recycling programs in our buildings. The money obtained from recyling cans and bottles should be used to hire a contractor that will take all recylable items including all things that are recycled at households in California and other states.

Tin and steel cans
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Department of Veterans Affairs

Electronic Calendars - No Paper Calendars - $ave MILLIONS

SAVE at least $3.7 million - Employees with computers should have to use the e-calendar built into MS Office or their system's equivalent, (MACs have iCal). If only 1/2 the Federal employees have a desk calendar costing $2.68 or more, the annual cost for calendars is at least $3,783,861 nationally.

The 2009 Census Bureau indicates there were 2,823,777 full and part-time Federal employees.

If every employee who has... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Electronic FOIA

Since we are already preparing the Veterans “Claim files” for copying when requested, why not scan the file instead. Scanned files can be put into virtual temporary folders then saved as a PDF on CD’s. The 2 directions you can use this is once the files has been scanned you can keep 1 disk in a protective envelope with the date scanned to keep in the “C-file”. File the CD down in date order for future use when d1bc... more »

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Department of Energy

Green Trash Disposal for Federal Buildings

Recently I came upon a green way to dispose trash that may help the federal government save money on tipping fees (hauling, disposal, and landfills costs), while helping to generate supplemental electricity and heat for its buildings. There is already a new technology called the Green Energy Machine (GEM), which each unit can process 3 tons of trash daily (wood, paper, cardboard, plastics, food, and agricultural materials)... more »

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Department of Defense

Mandatory telework

Employees in DoD live between 10 to 50 miles away from their place of employment. If telework is made mandatory for employees working unclassified work then it would not only save on government spending with office buildings, computer connections, business phones and office supplies, but it would cut down on the foot print that many of us are causing due to the gas in our vehicles. So we will be going green as well... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Install inexpensive software to measure and manage printing

Agencies usually do not measure how much paper their employees use. As a result they do not make efforts to save paper, because they often can't even quantify it. My office fills an entire room with paper every couple of months, uses it all, then places a new order when it gets low- even though it it unecessary and we could rely on more digital forms.

In university, each student had a 30 page quota per month, and every... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Impose electronically monitored and enforced limits on printing

All employees should have a preset limit of pages they can print per week. This should be electronically monitored and enforced.

For example, an employee is permitted 100 pages per week. After printing 2 pages, they are prompted that they only have 98 and so on. When they reach 0, they can no longer print. The number resets the following week.

Many universities already use this system to cut back on printing costs.... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Save $96M per year by using 1/4 less lighting (electricity)

Fluorescent lights are relatively economical but what they save per bulb is lost by volume and duration.

The electricity used to power 1 Bulb costs approximately 15$ per year**

In one small part of my office (that houses approximately thirty employees), I count 36 light fixtures. That’s 72 lights --- or an electrical cost of $1,152 annually.

That’s $38.40 per employee annually, JUST for the electricity that powers... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Generate electricity by walking

"Pavegen" manufactures energy generating sidewalks. I.e. Pedestrians generate electricity (approx 2.1 watts per hour per panel) just by walking.

These could be use to generate electricity from foot traffic at security check points, bathrooms, security entryways, tracks or even roadways etc --- anywhere where there is heavy foot traffic.

This not only helps with generating electricity but also helps to move the government... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Eliminate personal printers, Save $9 Million Annually

Personal Printers are, quite possibly, the single biggest waste of government resources.

It costs $9.44 annually to power one small desktop printer used at a minimal rates. *

In my office alone I count over 100 personal printers, and this is in addition to the two dozen or so massive laser printers (which, themselves cost around $100 apiece annually)

By eliminating all of the personal printers in just this office... more »

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Department of Commerce

$187,000,000 Per Year Saved! OPERATION FREEZE THE INK!

OPERATION FREEZE THE INK! 700 pounds and 10,000 pages is what the average worker will print in one year. A 25-30% reduction of printing by 50-60% of federal workers (1,500,000 FTE) would save $187 million in a year! It's not technology that holds us back, it's the will to use it. Implementing a printing cap would make government workers get creative in how a document is electronically delivered.

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Department of Commerce

Decrease energy usage

Install emergency lights in hallways to reduce power use and movement activiated lights in all offices and bathrooms so that they are automatically shut off when no one is around; after 20 minutes of inactivity all computers go to energy saver mode; 6pm-6am, weekends, and holidays minimal lights in main areas and cut AC/heat aka "Go Greeen"; and move towards Fridays telework and "Go Green" all day on Fridays - thus reducing... more »

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