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There’s 101 apps for that: check out EPA’s My Green Apps!

2012 December 12

EPA just launched My Green Apps, your destination for 101 apps to help you understand and protect the environment. You can sort the apps by topic or platform, or suggest an existing app we could add to the site. But wait, there’s more! We want you to tell us which ideas should be turned into apps. That’s right, once we hear from you we’ll show the feedback to software developers so they can actually make the apps. EPA has already done some homework for developers and suggested environmental data that could be used to build these apps.

Visit My Green Apps (www.epa.gov/mygreenapps/) to get an app that makes a difference. And spread the word!

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Suggest an idea for an app

2012 November 30

Last summer people suggested over 100 ideas for green apps in the Apps for the Environment Challenge. We narrowed the list down to 70 ideas for green apps that are not repeats and we want you to tell us which ones developers should make into apps. If you have ideas for apps or you want to provide more detail about these ideas, just write them in the space below.

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Suggest an existing green app

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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At your (data) service

2012 May 21

We really want to make it easy for developers to make great green apps. Check out these data services and share how you might use them to make apps.

1. EPA has developed a RESTful data service API to the data holdings in the Envirofacts database. Envirofacts is a centralized data warehouse that provides access to EPA’s major databases. The new data service API provides users with the ability to query any table in Envirofacts through the use of a URL. The default output is in XML, which can be utilized in other applications and in tools such as Microsoft Excel or Access. You can also output the data in CSV and Excel formats by adjusting the URL. The entire Envirofacts database metadata is available online, so all tables and columns within Envirofacts are documented. Having the table structures available in this manner makes most of Envirofacts data easily available through the service. Try out the Envirofacts data and the RESTful service API and send us your feedback.  If you’re already using the API in your application, please let us know.

2. The Federal Communications Commission has listed 25 developer resource hubs from across the federal government at http://www.fcc.gov/developers. We’ve included the entire list here as well:

3. But wait, there’s more! Brighter Planet created greendreams to accelerate the burgeoning green app developer community. A great number of environmental APIs have emerged, but it’s not always clear exactly what they’re for or how to use them. The greendreams app shows how to construct a request and executes it live in the browser, so you can see how it works end to end. The project is open source and they’re actively adding additional APIs.

Check them out and tell us what you think!

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