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Department of Agriculture

Institute a parking fee for federal offices

Institute a parking fee at all federal buildings that currently have free parking for motor vehicles. Parking fees can be patterned after the US Forest Service trail pass fees, where each site would have a self-service permit system for a daily fee, along with a longer term permit fee for yearly use. Fees could be determined using the Forest Services current fee structure - $5 per day or (is it) $30 per year.

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Department of Agriculture

Simplify Conservation Contracts

Farm Bill Conservation Program Contracts have become increasingly difficult to administer with current contracting rules and software. Move towards a contracting system that allows for greater schedule flexibility for the participant. Currently contracts must be routinely modified and rescheduled with changes in the plan of operations. Put in place a contract system that allows for allocation of funds for conservation... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Combine conservation programs and eliminate CSP

Combine conservation program into 2 categories; easement programs and conservation programs. Right now we have too much administration and wasted efforts on multiple programs that could be combined within these 2 categories. One set of cost lists and one set of forms for each category would eliminate much duplication of effort and simplify the process of getting conservation on the land. CSP should be eliminated. The... more »

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Legislative Branch

Establish parking fees at all federal offices

Establish a parking fee at all federal buildings that currently have free parking for motor vehicles. Parking fees can be patterned after the US Forest Service trail pass fees, where each site would have a self-service permit system for a daily fee, along with a longer term permit fee for yearly use. Fees could be determined using the Forest Services current fee structure - $5 per day or (is it) $30 per year.

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Legislative Branch

Renewable Energy

I left this in the Legislative Branch category because it can and does apply to many agencies. There is a big push by this administration to use solar and wind technology. Why are we not practicing what we preach? Why is there not a wind and solar farm on the White House lawn? I work at an Air Route Traffic Control Center and we use massive amounts of electricity. We also have massive amounts of space on the roof... 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 the Interior

Make mining companies pay for the destruction they do

What is coal worth? Currently, only what it takes to extract from the ground. What is the mountain, the stream, or the area's health worth? Obviously, much more.
Innovation will be spurred toward efficiency and competing technologies if only fossil fuel companies paid for their external costs. Why throw them a bone and be stuck in the early 19th century?
This money can be used to fund local health initiatives, conservation... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Reduce unneccessary expenditure of electrical services

Through employment of simple conservational methods, the United States government stands to realize a reduced financial expenditure for the electrical services it purchases.

Such methods could include a sticker-like label for light switch plates that encourage staff to turn off the lights.

Another idea involves installing auto-off light switch modules that could be set to power down lighting a short duration of time... 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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Executive Office of the President

THE POWER OF ONE

A Government wide education program that brings energy awareness and conservation to each individual government worker and shows that individual what a difference they can make. We, the United States federal government need to lead by example. By putting forth the effort to educate and bring awareness to all federal workers, that each one of us makes a difference, we will be taking the steps to be greener and will not... more »

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Department of Energy

Intra-government Shuttle Bus (“SpeedFed”)

Nearly every department with disparate campuses within a metropolitan area like Washington, DC has a shuttle service. Especially in Washington, DC, routes overlap. Ridership levels remain obscured, even within an agency, perhaps for fear that for those few from the agency who truly depend on the service it will be canceled. A government-wide entity (GSA) should organize a network of shuttle routes in wheel spokes... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Kill Copier Energy Vampires

Simple mechanical 7-day timers can be installed on each printer/copier to turn the machines off at 7 pm, on at 7am, and off on the weekends. These devices are available for about $5 (or less) each retail, and are simple to program and install. Even though printer/copiers technically have "sleep" modes, they still use power in those modes, and the mode has to be properly set -- I have found the machines still at full... more »

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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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