Sustainability Solutions to Share with Linchpins # 17


I’m sharing some “million dollar” creative sustainability ideas and you can have them for free.  Be a Linchpin and develop something: ship, ship, ship!

“Government Waste.”  A Redundant Phrase:

Everywhere you look in government there is waste.

In Virginia, we see it every time we get in our cars, with annual plastic stickers staring at us in the windshield.  These are typically (needlessly) sealed in a plastic wrapper and the stickers themselves in my mind should be eliminated altogether.

Where’s the Linchpin opportunity?

Innovate.  Improve efficiency in the process for auditing safety and tax compliance:

Here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the county sticker means that you have paid your property tax (yes we are taxed on our cars every year…Communist, I agree…but this is a Commonwealth state, and it could always be worse).

The second sticker is certification for a safety inspection that is done annually, and these represent the greater waste, because they are dated monthly and are placed on our windows by certified mechanics who are trained to inspect the vehicles.  They are the greater waste because of what happens with the remaining unused stickers at the end of the month!  (State governments can be incredibly stupid.)  Every police car already has a computer, so the police can run a scan on every license tag they want and see who’s in default for anything at anytime.  Or can they???

I guess what we need to eliminate all this waste is a Linchpin who can write a Government Google program that allows secure access to everyone’s registration,safety inspection history and property tax compliance.

Incidentally, the Virgina has two license tags which doubles the waste, and decreases my gas mileage through added weight…yes they’re aluminum (which is recyclable), and they are light, but that’s irrelevant; two is unnecessary.  And if you MUST have stickers for taxes and safety, then there’s room on the tag for a postage stamp sized version of both.

Simple.  Beautiful.  Elegant.  Efficient.  Sustainable!



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