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Department of Energy

Stop flushing urinals! Seriously!

This isn't really a call to change any government policy...more of a call for common sense among my fellow environmentally-conscious men.

My humble suggestion is that men should stop flushing urinals after every single trip to the bathroom. Too often I see people go for literally three seconds and then press the lever. It's an epic waste of water and an enduring pet peeve of mine, but it's not like I can give offenders... more »

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Legislative Branch

Congress Cuts the White House Lawn

Here at Hoover Dam wasting water is a big issue. So than why do we have a lawn and all of its associated costs in front of our Regional Offices? I propose that to save costs and water we return the lawn back into desert landscape.
Even further still, I propose we save money by cutting back on all lawn services including the ones at the White House. If there are any complaints than we should have our Congressmen do... more »

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Automatic flush toilets

Automatic flush toilets have recently been installed in the government office where I work. These fixtures are equipped with two methods of flush control: a laser motion sensor triggered by movement within a certain range, and a secondary manual control. The manual functions with options both to flush using less water and for full flushes. The motion sensor arrangement, frequently flushes both while the stall is occupied... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Help environment and save money

Instill low flow toilets and urinals in high area use bathrooms throughout VA. Add water flow restrictors to existing faucets. Because these are high use areas, the toilets will pay for themselves in 3-6 months and then will start saving money. They will also reduce water usage significantly. Faucet flow restrictors will help save money right away and are very easy to install.

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Department of Energy

Reduce Drinking Fountain Water and Energy Waste

This is a simple idea, but I think it can make a big impact if implemented across the Federal government. I am a graduate intern and am quite busy right now (work, thesis, etc.) so I have not been able to further research this idea, unfortunately. I think the analysis is worth doing, though, and would happy to assist with such research in the future. So here is my idea:

Water drinking fountains are wasteful; unless... more »

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Department of Justice

Going green for Federal Prison Facilities

As an employee for the Federal Prison System, and working at FCI Ft Dix, I have noticed possible ways for the Prison to save costs on energy and water consumption, that not only can save for this institution, but other institutions across the country. The Bureau of Prisons has 116 facilities and houses approximately 217,137 inmates. When looking at the population number, that can be viewed as a small city population,... more »

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Department of Energy

GOING GREEN

With our world today, our natural resources are diminishing, and we are trying to do what we can to reserve them.
Solar panels could be built, and save money spent on energy throughout time. Small solar panels can power small things throughout our facilities, if the government does not want to spend millions on huge solar panels. A great way to promote going green could be installing solar panels on the GEMS (Green Environmental... more »

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Department of Energy

lawn watering

DOE now operates lawn sprinklers in full daylight--bad idea! increased temps lead to increased evaporation (less water into the ground), and possibly burning the plants (due to refraction of light on water drops on plants). Operate water sprinklers just before dawn---more of the water will soak in, and it won't encourage fungal growth (as watering after dark can). Potential savings in water use!

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Department of Defense

solar water heating

Most military structures use hot water not only for bathrooms/showers, but also for heating. A properly sized/located solar water heater system could be used to heat this water year around (excluding extreme latitudes). Large aircraft hangers would be the most cost effective locations to modify first as their large roof area and abundance of sunlight (even during winter months) could supply generous amounts of solar heat... more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce Restroom Waste (Water & Paper Towels, not the other kind)

Automatic flush toilets are a horrible waste of water because many of them flush several times per user (especially when the user has to deal with nylons and the sensor keeps detecting movement within the stall.) Some even flush when someone just passes by the stall.

Automatic Sinks can also be a huge waste of water (and electricity) since the user cannot turn the water off immediately when they are finished.

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Federal Reserve Board

Pull paper money out of the economy/Stop printing it!!!

If my information is correct, the US Government has had trillions of dollars in cash printed with no sure way to shore up the value of the US dollar. While done early on in the whole credit debocal the inflation which would normally step in an hurt the value of our currancy was offset. Right now with the amount of paper money in the system, and banks still not loaning it out, I believe it is time for the Fed to start... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Decrease Water Pressure = Decrease in overhead

I have been to a few VA facilities since I started working at the VA 2 years ago and I have noticed the exact same thing in every woman's restroom I used. As soon as I turn on the water I feel like like skin will be blasted off of my hands.

My solution. At each sink in the facility turn down the amount of water by 1/4 or 1/2 a turn for both the hot and cold water. This will greatly reduce the amount of water consumption.... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Safe Water and route it to needed areas

Many areas of the US are flooding every year while other areas in our country are suffering from a constant drought. The idea is to have more dams or simply build more pools and store water for later redistribution. We pipe oil anywhere we want; over mountains and under water. The same idea should work for water which is even more precious than anything else on earth. We just have not come to realize the value until it’s... more »

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Legislative Branch

The 1-2 Flush System

I am a Summer Intern at HUD and a Full-time student at the University of Maryland. In our dorms at UMD, we have sensor toilets that detects how long you've been on the toilet. Although this may sound silly, the toilet accurately predicts what type of waste you are emitting (putting it kindly). The toilet then determines how much water is needed to flush away the waste. For bigger projects, more water is used. And for... more »

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