EPA launches environmental apps

EPA launched Apps for the Environment challenge in June, having contestants use agency data to build a tool that addresses one of seven priorities Administrator Lisa Jackson set, including reducing the effects of climate change, improving air and water quality, and making environmental equality a larger part of the social justice debate.

The Light Bulb Finder, a mobile phone application that helps users pick more energy-efficient bulbs for their homes, was the overall winner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Apps for the Environment challenge.

The second-place winner was Hootroot, an app that lets users calculate the carbon footprint of a trip using different modes of transportation. CGSearch was voted for the popular choice award, which allows users to compare the air quality in various U.S. cities. Earthfriend was the winning student app that is a collection of games teaching students about the environment.

For more information on the apps, click here.

Source: Nextgov

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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