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Winners Announced for EPA Apps for the Environment Challenge

2011 October 31

In June we challenged you to use EPA data to create the best Apps for the Environment, and today we are proud to announce the winners!

Thanks to your 100 ideas, 38 apps, more than 2000 votes, and your dedication to using information and technology to support our mission, our judges had a difficult time choosing the winners. Everyone who participated deserves recognition and thanks, and we encourage you to try out all of the entries on the site, and give them a shout out on Twitter using the #GreenApps hashtag.

Also, don’t forget that next week is the Environmental Protection Agency’s Apps for the Environment Forum, “Building Innovation Through Partnerships,” where we will recognize the winners of the competition, engage with developers and open data leaders, and look forward to the future.

The event will be held at the Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia (1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22209) on Tuesday, November 8th.  The Forum will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:15 p.m., and include  exhibitor booths, special guests like U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, EPA CIO Malcolm Jackson, and of course the stars of the event: the amazing developers who submitted 38 mobile apps! If you can’t be there in person, be sure to see it live via Ustream at

And now, the winners of the EPA Apps for the Environment challenge are:

Winner, Best Overall App

Light Bulb Finder

by Adam Borut and Andrea Nylund of Eco Hatchery

Runner Up, Best Overall App


by Matthew Kling of Brighter Planet

Winner, Best Student App


by Will Fry and Ali Hasan of Fry Development Company and Differential Apps

Runner Up, Best Student App

Environmental Justice Participatory Mapping

By Robert Sabie, Jr., Western Washington University

Popular Choice Award

CG Search

By Rajasekaran Bala of Cognizant Technology Solutions

Again, congratulations to everyone who participated in the challenge and we look forward to partnering with you in the future!

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  1. November 8, 2011

    Those are some great applications. The Hootroot app is definitely useful for anyone who computes – which is probably most of us. Finding the more efficient route to get to a destination is always helpful.

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