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2012 November 30

We’ve found a lot of green apps that you can use now.  Please suggest an existing green app that we could add to the My Green Apps website. Please read this disclaimer about links to third-party apps so you can see the criteria we use to include apps on the site.

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  1. Blaire permalink
    June 24, 2014

    REAPP- its an app designed to increase social pressure around recycling. You can challenge your friends and post to social media how much you recycle. The data is used to help increase awareness about what is being recycled and more importantly, what isn’t being recycled.

    Designed by Blake Rupe
    blake.rupe@gmail.com

  2. Blake Rupe permalink
    June 24, 2014

    I downloaded Re-APP, which is an app that socializes and incentivizes recycling and reusing items by allowing users to catalog/inventory the items that they recycle or reuse. The list is added up on a leaderboard, which lets the users compete against each other and their friends to see who can recycle or reuse the most. I think they’re adding some more features to start making it a one stop recycling information app soon, too.

    http://re-app.us/ or https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/re-app/id882585976?mt=8

  3. Sara Lee permalink
    March 27, 2014

    Catalog Spree. The free app offers a smart green alternative to paper catalogs – it provides access to 350+ catalogs from 200+ brands on your iPad, iPhone or web. Every year the catalog industry generates $110 billion of sales through the 19 billion catalogs that are mailed to American consumers. That makes for 53 million trees consumed and 3.6 million tons of paper used.

  4. CoCoRaHS permalink
    November 20, 2013

    CoCoRaHS is the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network – volunteers measuring and mapping precipitation from their own back yards (or work, school, etc…). http://www.cocorahs.org

    Currently, there is an android app called ‘CoCoRaHS Observer’ and an iPhone app is in the works as we speak.

  5. Matthew Maher permalink
    November 5, 2013

    TrackerPro WATER is a great apps for improving plumbing fixture efficiency. It has a great audit tool that exports data as a CSV, a savings calculator for comparisons, and a full reference section.
    TrackerPro WATER by Green Capital Planning is free for iPhone at the App Store.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trackerpro-water/id730985660?mt=8

  6. Matthew Maher permalink
    November 5, 2013

    TrackerPro LIGHTS is a great apps for improving lighting efficiency. It has a great audit tool that exports data as a CSV, a savings calculator for comparisons, and a full reference section.

    TrackerPro LIGHTS by Green Capital Planning is free for iPhone at the App Store.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trackerpro-lights-mobile/id719049326?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

  7. Matthew Maher permalink
    October 21, 2013

    GCP Lights for Android on Google Play is a great app for learning about lighting efficiency.

    Lighting offers the most bang-for-your-buck when trying to reduce energy costs in a facility.
    The GCP Lights is the perfect tool for seeing how much different lamps and fixtures can affect an electric bill. Compare alternatives customized to your weekly usage and cost per kilowatt-hour.
    Want to learn more about a particular fixture? GCP Lights features a full, user-friendly reference section that is complete with pictures and relevant information.
    – Helps make real, long-term energy savings a reality
    – Perfect for Schools, Commercial Buildings, Multifamily Communities, Grocery Stores, Coffee Shops, Family Homes, etc.
    – Reference section with pictures, helpful hints, and important information on lamps, fixtures, and lenses
    – Savings estimator to see the economic benefits of lighting upgrades

    The URL for GCP Lights is: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.greencapitalplanning.tpla1&hl=en.

  8. Sabrina Chamberlain Parks permalink
    October 10, 2013

    My app is green in theme aimed towards fostering concern for the environment. It’s written from the perspective of a child. For a inspiring green read Check out “Gimme Gimme”
    https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/gimme-gimme-green-in-theme/id596000315?mt=8

  9. Mark Jackson permalink
    September 27, 2013

    airTEXT. Air pollution, temperature, pollen and UV forecasts for London, provided through free smartphone apps (Android and iPhone). The forecasts are produced by CERC on behalf of the airTEXT consortium: the London local authorities (the Boroughs, the Greater London Authority, the UK Environment Agency and the UK Health Protection Agency) with support from Defra and the EU. For more details see http://www.airtext.info.

    Disclaimer: I work for CERC.

  10. TapIt Water permalink
    August 29, 2013

    You’re out and about and want to refill your water bottle. But where can you go without feeling like you’re begging a business for a little H2O?

    Download the free TapIt Metro DC App and find all of the business (and public water fountains) locations within 50 miles of DC that will welcome you and provide water refills in the interest of promoting clean, healthy tap water…for FREE, no purchase necessary.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tapit-metro-dc/id687667762?mt=8

  11. Bob Reck permalink
    August 22, 2013

    KeyLogic Systems, (through its participation in DOE’s “Apps for Energy” Challenge), developed a Green Button application called Kill-Ur-Watts that permits residential customers to view, track, and manage their residential electricity use over time. This application utilizes common industry-based concepts and third-party data to empower residential users to make informed decisions on energy reduction strategies and implement common-sense energy efficiency improvements.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kill-ur-watts/id527704643?mt=8

    Currently only for the iPhone (can run on iPad and iPod Touch) this app is getting ready to undergo a major overhaul which is to include an Android version.

    With the app, you can:
    – See your monthly, daily, and hourly electricity usage.
    – View graphs of your usage.
    – Pinpoint peak time usage.
    – Get tips on how to reduce your energy usage.
    – See your Energy Score (or Energy Usage Index) as compared to the national average.
    – See your Carbon Footprint as compared to the national average.
    – Setup the energy using devices in your home and view a pie chart of where your energy dollars are going as compared to a typical single-family home in the USA.
    – Challenge your friends and family to lower energy costs through twitter integration.

  12. Carrie W permalink
    August 5, 2013

    Our web app is called, “Should I Wear Sunscreen Today?” It’s a simple, sleek web app; all users need to do is punch in their zip code and they’ll receive a clear “yes” or “no.” Our answers are location-specific, sometimes funny, and always relevant—we base results on official EPA recommendations regarding UV levels.

    Check it out at: http://www.shouldiwearsunscreentoday.com/

    Feel free to email me at carrie@smartsign.com

  13. Roi permalink
    July 12, 2013

    Hi ! I thought your users might be interested in this one :

    I want to let you know about new and free environmental application for iOS and Android devices, a user’s website is also available.
    Air provides data from two sensor providers (Air quality egg and Airbase Canarit) with worldwide deployment.
    The application allows you to observe levels of different kinds of pollutants such as Ozone, CO2, NO2 and more.
    Pop up notifications and personal user graphs are also available.
    The application was developed by Roi Cohen, Yossi Halevi and Michael Assraf.

    Android :
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lbis.airbase.air

    iOS :
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/air-lbis/id622544411?l=iw&ls=1&mt=8

    Website :
    https://www.lbisgroup.com/airbase/

    Use, Enjoy, Share and Feedback !

  14. Luis Molinelli permalink
    May 21, 2013

    Appuga recently uploaded two apps in the Appstores of both IOS and Android Platforms, and both for smartphones and tablets. These two apps are the following:

    * CO2 Pro: It calculates a company’s CO2 emissions, expressed in equivalent tonnes. See http://www.appuga.com/products/co2-pro/.
    * Air Emissions: It calculates the emissions in the atmosphere of the different compounds emitted during the combustion of fossil fuels. See http://www.appuga.com/products/air-emissions/.

    We would appreciate it very much if you could include these two apps in your catalog.

    Thanks,

    Luis Molinelli
    lmolinelli@appuga.com

    • emcmah02 permalink*
      May 22, 2013

      Thanks for your suggestions. We plan to revise the green apps page next week.

  15. Jennifer Frost permalink
    April 23, 2013

    Hey there!
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services just launched an app that allows users to report creek pollution. Users can submit pictures of stream and lake pollution so that it can be investigated, stopped and cleaned up.
    It can be found at the iTunes Store and Google Play market.
    http://charmeck.org/stormwater/ReportPollution/Pages/WaterWatchersapp.aspx

  16. "Wildman" Steve Brill permalink
    April 13, 2013

    I’m America’s go-to guy for foraging and the author of Wild Edibles, the definitive app for edible wild plants. It contains everything I know about the herbs, greens, shoots, roots, nuts, seeds, berries, and seaweeds that people overlook or destroy as “weeds.” You can learn how to identify them with the 100% certainty you need before you eat them or use them as home remedies. I cover all their characteristics, as well as habitats, ranges, edible, non-edible, and poisonous look-alikes and relatives. I use original drawings and paintings, as well as photos depicting all stages and forms of these plants. I’ve also got hundreds of healthy, delicious, innovative vegan recipes. There’s a free lite version, as well as full versions of the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. My development team, Winterroot, and I are continuing to add more material and features with each update. Go to wildmanstevebrill.com for excerpts. Happy Foraging! http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Books.Folder/App%20Folder/App.html

  17. Felipe permalink
    April 7, 2013

    Helioserver Horizon Calculator. Optimizes solar panel position. Takes into account time, location, shadows from existing buildings, trees, etc. [Editor’s note: here is a link to the app download page: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.helioserver.horizon )

  18. Kris permalink
    March 26, 2013

    Gro Memo – Kids app game about protecting the environment and keep the forest / sea clean.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gro-memo/id575995020?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

  19. Alex Clark permalink
    February 5, 2013

    Try Green Solvents: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/green-solvents/id446670983

  20. Virginia Buechel permalink
    January 29, 2013

    Check out the iScrap App. Available for iPhone, Android, Mobile browser and online. It is the online directory to find scrap metal recyclers in the US & Canada. Also giving users the ability to send pictures for help determining the right metals to recycle. http://www.iScrapApp.com

  21. Marcus Hülsdau permalink
    January 18, 2013

    I can recommend our app “TrashOut.” It is made for locating and reporting illegal trash dumps. Here is a great review from one of our strongest users in the US http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnGWrUR0xCw&feature=youtu.be&t=3m33s.
    It is available for Android, iPhone and Windows Mobile.
    You can find more information on http://www.trashout.me or you can just contact me.
    Thanks :)

  22. Margaret permalink
    January 14, 2013

    Amtrak has an app to calculate carbon footprint from its train trips. The calculator is available online at http://www.amtrak.com/whistle-stop/what-is-a-carbon-footprint.

  23. Gerrard Fisher permalink
    January 8, 2013

    Hi. Definitely recommend the iFixit app for access on how to repair a range of consumer products yourself. The website allows you to purchase spare parts and tools, but these are also available through other routes such as computer auction websites if you prefer to get them that way. You can also add your own repairs to contribute to the community.

  24. Michael Heimbinder permalink
    January 4, 2013

    HabitatMap.org is an online mapping and social networking platform designed to maximize the impact of community voices on city planning and strengthen ties between organizations and activists working to build greener, more sustainable cities. Utilizing our shared advocacy platform participants can:

    (o) Alert the public to environmental health hazards;
    (o) Hold polluters accountable for their environmental impacts;
    (o) Highlight urban infrastructures that promote healthy living;
    (o) Identify future opportunities for sustainable urban development; and
    (o) Promote policies that enhance equitable access to urban resources.

  25. Michael Heimbinder permalink
    January 4, 2013

    AirCasting.org is a platform for recording, mapping, and sharing health and environmental data using your smartphone. Each AirCasting session lets you capture real-world measurements, annotate the data to tell your story, and share it via the CrowdMap.

    Using the AirCasting Android app, AirCasters can record, map, and share:
    (o) sound levels recorded by their phone microphone;
    (o) temperature, humidity, CO and NO2 gas concentrations recorded by the Arduino-powered AirCasting Air Monitor, and;
    (o) heart rate measurements recorded by the Zephyr HxM.

    Using AirCasting Luminescence, these sensor streams can also be represented using LED lights.

  26. Barry Everett permalink
    January 3, 2013

    Recargo is a website and App that is one of the best for Plug-In Vehicles. Find electric vehicle charging stations, search for food and activities on your trip with Yelp, and stay connected with the Recargo community and news from PluginCars.com. The app is available in Google Play for Android, and the App Store for iPhone. http://www.recargo.com/

  27. Heather permalink
    January 3, 2013

    Lexicon of Groundwater and Water Well Terms
    By National Ground Water Association

    This is a useful tool for students studying hydrology, hydrogeology, or other environmental fields as well as those already working in groundwater-related professions.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lexicon-groundwater-water/id445591710?mt=8

  28. Brian Reetz permalink
    January 2, 2013

    At The Groundwater Foundation we recently launched Water1der. It’s an educational, trivia based game.

    Through a fun educational game, players test their knowledge about groundwater, pollution prevention, conservation, irrigation, the water cycle, aquifers, recycling, water sheds, water use and wells. Players will “spin” a wheel on the app to determine the topic of the question. The formats vary from traditional ones, such as multiple choice, word scramble, matching and true/false to formats such as drag and drop, where players can move words to areas to label parts of the aquifer; moving, where players can select an item to be placed into the correct area; scrolling, where players can click their finger on the right answer as it moves across the screen; and timer, where players will touch the screen to stop a timer at the right number.

    It’s available on the app store now for ipads at http://www.groundwater.org/water1der.html.

    • January 2, 2013

      Thanks for the idea. How are you getting the word out about the app? Do you want to add any more features or need any data?

  29. Bay Area Clean Air Lover permalink
    December 27, 2012

    Spare the Air app — shows the daily air quality forecast for the five regions in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spare-the-air/id423478300?mt=8

    • December 30, 2012

      Thanks! We’ll check it out and put it on the list of existing green apps. We’re interested in why you use various green apps too, so feel free to weigh in about that.

  30. Derek French permalink
    December 17, 2012

    I downloaded an Iphone water treatment app called Wateropolis that has some great field conversions, calculations and look up information that is hard to find in one place. Found it on http://www.wateropolis.com

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