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Re: “Cal Spends Millions to Find Budget Savings

I think they should turn to those who actually work there every day, like was already suggested in the article, and ask them how to save money. I am sure employees see inefficiency every day and have tons of ideas on how to save and be more efficient. The same goes for students. Perhaps use $10,000 of the $3 million and set up two contests: 1) Faculty write-in and give their best ideas on ways to cut back and 2) Students do the same. Each category gets $5,000 as a reward. For the students the reward can be seen as a "scholarship" and for the faculty a "grant" perhaps.

The school should also call PG&E. I am a bay area native but I currently live in Los Angeles. Our energy company provides a free service to businesses, schools, universities, etc. to bring in an "energy consultant" who evaluates the entire premise and gives feedback on how to save energy. This will reduce the energy bill!

Why don't they implement these two things first and see how it goes for the next 4-6 months. If they do not see any improvements after making the suggested changes, from employees and students, and from saving some on the energy bill then maybe hiring a consultant may be OK.

If the excuse then is that they do not have the time or the budget to do either of those, then I will coordinate both of those suggestions free of charge from my home here in Los Angeles!

Thanks for reading,

Eileen Street

Posted by Eileen on 10/05/2009 at 5:56 PM

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