Green Apps

There really is “an app for that!”

A couple days ago, the concept of “green apps” came to mind. I started searching my iPhone (yes, I am guilty) for applications that could help me “go green.” I found several.

The EPA has an application called EPA News that updates users on issues from air to radiation to superfunds to wetlands. All of these topics have their own “feed” which lists different updates on the issues. For example, under the hazardous waste feed there is a story about the EPA settling with Timco Engine Center over hazardous waste violations.

The Earth Day Network has an application called Billion Acts of Green. Users are able to make a pledge, view other users pledges, and find green events that are happening near you.

Eco Chef 10 Minute Meals with Bryan Au helps you prepare quick, raw, organic meals with step by step instructions and video tutorials.

Eco-friendly Lifestyle: Tips on Living Green
…is well…pretty self explanatory.

Greenopia helps you shop, eat, and live green by rating thousands of businesses in over 50 cities.

ecobee Smart Thermostat, is “a WiFi enabled programmable thermostat that has a full-color LCD touch screen and easy-to-use interface. Our product integrates heating, cooling, ventilation, energy management and utility demand response.”

Ecocritique, “users can mark a location, anywhere on the globe, where they have noticed environmental misdeeds or best practices worth noting. Their review of the location then appears on a map and in Augmented Reality. Entries can be viewed on the Ecocritique App, and Ecocritique.com.

The App uses categories including Water, Oil Spill, Energy, Design, Indoor Atmosphere, Organics, Recycling, Outdoor Environment and Climate to break down entries into discrete, searchable elements. Many subcategories help to further delineate each critique. Users can search Ecocritique to find areas near them where environmental conditions have been improved by a green policy, or read reviews of recommended eco-resorts or restaurants with green practices.

Ecocritique can be used by hikers who notice illegal dumping or invasive species- they can file an Ecocritique right from the trail. Students can use Ecocritique to more fully understand the relationship between specific natural sites and the broader geography of their region.”

Earth Envi is a ” great way to gain a unique understanding of our world and what’s happening on it, as it’s happening. From classic photos taken by the early Apollo missions, to satellite, shuttle and space station photos taken just yesterday, Earth Envi displays Web-based images of “the blue marble” the way you would expect on the iPhone: full screen, with multi-touch controls, in automated slide shows or scrolling image arrays. Storms, fire, drought, volcanoes, the latest images of the day from space. A decade’s worth of photos and articles from the Earth Observatory. Views of, literally, every part of the globe. Plus monthly climate maps and other images showing how things have been changing recently.”

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