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Apps for sustainability

Technology aims to serve and ease human beings in our daily activity. This blog has the goal to show how technology, in particular through some “apps”, support the monitoring, control, recommending and/or fostering sustainable habits in the citizens. Some of these apps are:


joulebugEach time you do something that shows you made an effort toward sustainability, the app rewards you with badges, points and pins. For instance, if you remember to use a reusable coffee mug versus paper cup, points for you! It works in a community, so that you can compare your performance with that of your friends. Also the bonus feature of JouleBug is the option to sync up to utility bills to see just how much is saved each month.

Available: Android, iOS.


This app is the easiest way to find local, in-season food. Pinpoint nearby farmers’ markets & farms that sell the products you love. Discover seasonal recipes. It allows share photos about local, in season food & sellers; browse what’s in-season and soon to come; find who is selling it and where; post what you ate locally to facebook, etc.

Available: Android, iOS.


With ihuerting grow your vegetables at home easier ihuertingthan ever. Let your device remind you when to water, fertilize and take care of your plants. The app will help you to solve the problems with pests and diseases in your plants. It is an easy guide to help you identify potential problems and recommend organic solutions.

Available: Android, iOS.


The GoodGuide mobile app provides health, environmental, and social performance ratings for over 170,000 food, personal care, and household products. The app works through barcode scanning while you shop. It allows you select the issues you care about most to see how products perform on your preferences. Get customized product recommendations. Create your own personal shopping lists. In this moment, just for articles sold in the United States.

Available: Android, iOS.

Zero Carbon 
zerocarbonThis app lets you know the greenhouse gas emissions that affect the climate and the result of your daily habits of life and work, and also gives you simple tips to reduce your emissions. You can share your results and future environmental commitments, better inform yourself on the carbon footprint and the goals of how to take care of the planet. It even enables you to support emission reduction projects that will reduce the total impact of your activities.

Available: iOS.

 Carbon emissions calculator 

The ICAO Carbon Emissions Calculator allows passengers to estimate the emissions attributed to their air travel. It is simple to use – just select your origin and destination airports, specify the class of travel and number of the passengers. View the carbon footprint and the distance traveled of the specified trip.

Available: iOS.


Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic andwazenavigation app.  It works through live updates on traffic times and alternate routes given by the drivers. Join other drivers in your area and contribute saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute. It support the reduction of contamination caused by traffic.

Available: Android, iOS, Windows.

Light bulb finder

This is a free mobile phone application that makes it easy to switch from conventional light bulbs to energy-saving equivalents with the right fit, style and light quality. View bulb images, cost, savings, and environmental impact. Create shopping lists, and buy bulbs directly through the app or at local stores.

Available: Android, iOS.


ripplThis app is for those of us who need a little extra help remembering to go green. It is a free mobile application that helps you make simple, sustainable choices by delivering weekly green living tips. Each tip comes with a customizable alert and is designed to conveniently help transform your habits, save you money and help you live a greener, healthier life by reducing your trash impact.

Available: iOS.

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