Showing 12 ideas for tag "sustainability"

Department of Justice

Self Sufficient Prisons

Make all Federal Prison's self-sufficient.

There is no reason why Federal prison's cannot be revenue neutral. They have plenty of labor that can be used to generate "revenue" from within the walls of each prision. Revenue can be from the sale of goods or services (such as assembling products for a private company, for a fee), or it can be in the form of cost savings by having them perform federal services remotely... more »

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Legislative Branch

Aquaculture: Fish-Farming for Sustainability

Capture young fish (like young tuna) in the wild to be placed in fish-farms where they are to be cultivated and protected from predators, then harvest them after 4 years. Fish-farming will encourage better food resource management to meet with future population growth and global food shortages.

These fish-farms can be located in [1] tribal reservations (as another industry to assist tribes, if they choose); [2] Guam,... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Recycling

Our office currently does not use any form of aluminum or paper recycling program. We should contract with a recycling firm to see what materials could be reused or recycled and possibly save money on the garbage bill, as well as reducing our impact on the landfill.

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General Services Administration

Notice your cafeteria vendor performance not up to par?

I can only speak for myself, but I have noticed that the onsite cafeteria vendor offerings and staff has declined throughout the year. Granted in my complex, some agencies have scaled back on employees, increased mobile work and alternative work schedules causing the vendor to cutback on costs. Eventually, the vendor will not be able to turn a profit and thus be forced to close their operation all together. My idea... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Kick the Can, USA!

As summer interns in the Region 9 office of the Environmental Protection Agency, it has been exciting to see that EPA practices what it preaches! One of the best sustainability initiatives in the San Francisco office is to replace personal trash bins with larger bins in communal areas of each floor. This simple act saves money, reduces landfill waste, and gently encourages recycling.

In the EPA’s San Francisco office,... more »

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General Services Administration

Nation-wide future-smart infrastructure

This idea has savings that are long-term. Our nations infrastructure is failing and it results in costly repairs and lives lost. If we pro-actively invested in a future smart infrastructure we would employ more Americans, and not have to pay the costly repurrcussions like in the Aug. 1, 2007 I-35W Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis, MN.

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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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General Services Administration

Performance Measures, Savings for Shipping and Sustainability

Last week, I received a UPS package from an office which is co-located in the building where I work. Although the package was Confidential in Nature, I was willing to pick it up in person.

In addition to saving the shipping cost of $47, delivery in-person saves processing time, and improves sustainability by reducing the carbon footprint for transportation and packaging.

A technique to promote sustainability and cost... more »

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Department of the Interior

cut travel and invest savings in telework and telepresence tech

If you took half of the amount of money spent on travel you could easily upgrade every office, cubicle and meeting room to HD TVs, monitors, cameras, webcams headphones, mics, VOIP, etc., and greatly reduce the need for travel.

This should be driven top down by the senior leadership and management generations as something that needs to start now as part of a long term vision to implement before fuel prices make travel... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Sustainable Government IDs from Recycled Plastic

The government spends thousands to millions of dollars making plastic IDs for their government employees each year. When these IDs expire or their beholder leaves his/her position, they are then tossed into the trashed and disposed as waste; waste destined to sit in a landfill. Why not recycle them? By making IDs out of recycled plastic and then recycling the IDs themselves after use, the government could not only increase... more »

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