Showing 13 ideas for tag "sustainable"

Environmental Protection Agency

Green IT Waste

Like many agencies we have a warehouse of old and out of date IT hardware. Instead of being held in storage or landfill disposal, agencies should coordinate internally or if possible, throughout the federal government to collect and dispose of IT hardware using recycling centers that provide a cash value for recovered components. These centers protect and secure hardware, recycle plastic, and resell usable components... more »

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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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Executive Office of the President

A Sustainable, Efficient, and Green Solution

I propose a solution that improves the government's use of funds in a sustainable, green, efficient manner that fosters education and creativity while linking the country together and allowing kids to create and explore. I propose the government catch up and do what private industry has been doing for decades. Places like RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) combine industry “waste” and turn trash into treasures for teachers... more »

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Department of Energy

Sustainable Energy Technologies(SETs) use in USAID, et al pgrms

As we distribute aid to developing and post-conflict nations, ensure Sustainable Energy Technologies(SETs) (ie. non-fossil fuel resources) are introduced during re/construction. Department of Defense and its Armed Services are already serving as models for those communities. Do not let our Soldiers', Sailors', Air Force's and Marines' efforts go to waste. The resulting revenue from US contracts to provide SETs will... more »

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Department of Defense

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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Department of Energy

Feeding America

Consider use of required art funding to plant use and native plants along side federal highways, buildings, and infrastructure. It currently costs the federal governement millions of dollars to "beautify" federal infrastructure that has to be supported and maintained. Make the "beautification" come through art dollars to create renewable and edible landscaping. Local entities can utilize the fresh results to feed the... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Save Time: Paperless Hiring Leading to Digital Record Keeping

As EPA Region 9 summer interns who’ve grown up in a Web 2.0 World, we feel we have a fresh perspective on how procedures are carried out with new technologies. We were surprised by the sheer amount of paper involved in the hiring process –SF-52, I-9, a physical welcome folder all of which were available online. For a total of 2 million federal employees, this translates into an incredible amount of paperwork and redundancy.... 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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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 Labor

Sustainable, renewable landscaping

I noticed that the plants and flowers used for landscaping around the Capitol, the Mall, and other Federally-managed land is changed every couple months. Even when the landscapers use perennials and bulbs, these are dug up and replaced by new plants and flowers in order to maximize the visual effect. I think equally beautiful displays can be made with a well-thought out garden plan using a variety of perennials, bulbs,... 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.

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Department of the Interior

Use 100% Post Consumer Waste Paper

There is a paper company I've found here in San Francisco called New Leaf Paper that produces 100% post consumer waste (PCW) paper. We've been using their paper for publications and day to day copying. Why not purchase this sustainable paper. We found they even cost $30 cheaper per box. We've informed the vendor how to get on the Central Contracting Registration, but until then all of the paper we seem to get is only... more »

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Department of the Interior

Replace all CFL to LEDs for all facilities (& go Solar)

The issue with CFL's the environmental factor due to the mercury. It is true that CFL's are energy efficient, however LED's take 50% less energy than CFL's and last 10 times longer. There is no mercury issue to deal with either and LED bulbs work with dimmer switches and are cool to the touch. CFL's take longer to warm up to light up a room and are usually too warm to remove soon after they are turned on. Link the LEDs... more »

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