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How Many Green Apps Are “Powered by EPA Data”?

2013 May 13

Here at EPA we established the My Green Apps website so people could find available apps to understand and protect the environment. The site features over 230 apps on topics ranging from green purchasing to saving energy to learning about air quality. There are even games about the environment.

An incredible 42 of these apps are powered by EPA data! (That’s in addition to nine EPA apps that use EPA data!) With green apps available for Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows platforms, it couldn’t be easier to find and download an app that meets your needs. Below we’ve listed a few of the highest-rated or most downloaded green apps that are powered by EPA data. For a full list of green apps, visit My Green Apps or download the green apps spreadsheet to get more details.

[Note to developers: here are some resources to help you make more and better green apps.

EPA Data Finder is a single site to find EPA’s data sources where you can download datasets or find data services.

EPA data on Data.gov provides government data and services in easily downloadable formats.

Developer Central offers resources, sample code and how-to guides for all levels of developers, from beginners to advanced coders.]

EPA SunWise UV Index Image of EPA Sunwise UV Index app

Everyone loves a nice, sunny day, but overexposure to the sun can lead to sunburn, skin cancer and cataracts if you aren’t careful about UV exposure. The UV Index provides a daily forecast of the expected intensity of UV radiation from the sun. Available for iOS, Android and Blackberry.

iTunes User Review:

“This is a useful app. I am a cyclist and hiker and am outside a lot, so a quick way to check the UV index is helpful. The app does what is says and is quick.” -Digital Oz

 

Light Bulb Finder Image of Light Bulb Finder app

The Light Bulb Finder mobile app makes it easy to switch from incandescent to energy-efficient light bulbs. It empowers users to make informed decisions based on their lighting needs and the financial and environmental impact of their choices. Available for iOS and Android.

Google Play User Review:

“Excellent, simple to use and really environment friendly. Every smart(phone) user should have this app.” -Google User

 

Image of My Place History appMy Place History

My Place History links public health information with personal environmental experience. Using geomedicine, this app allows you to achieve a greater understanding of how local environments affect health. Available for iOS.

iTunes User Review:

“This app gives a personal context to public data.”

 

Image of State of the Air appState of the Air

The State of the Air app from the American Lung Association gives you the ability to see what your lungs are collecting anywhere in the United States. Available for iOS and Android.

Google Play User Review:

It’s definitely the best air quality alert app out there. It helps give me an idea of whether I should run outside or hit the gym.” -Google User

 
 
We’re proud that so many apps are powered by EPA data. Share your experience about any green apps in the comment section below.

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