Windows Phone Marketplace now boasts 60,000+ apps, and with new phones from Nokia and HTC there are plenty of reasons to get on board with Windows Phone. But the Windows Phone can also help you live more sustainability. I’ve scoured Windows Marketplace to find some of the best Windows Phone apps to make your time on this planet more fulfilling. Here are seven that I wanted to share:
App: Eye on Earth
Use: News & Weather
Eye on Earth uses the European Environment Agency’s network of monitoring stations to give you up-to-date reports, both measured and modeled, on air and water quality across Europe. You can view other users’ reports, contribute your own based on what you are actually seeing, and share your reports on Facebook and Twitter. Whether on you’re an asthmatic traveling from Copenhagen to Amsterdam, or planning a day at your local beach, Eye On Earth will give you accurate, relevant information about your environment based on where you are and where you’re going.
Use: News & Information
TreeHugger is one of the leading media outlets in the US dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. They strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. I found the app to mimic theTreehugger website, providing useful information on living “green” organized by appropriately themed categories like; Latest News, Business, Climate Change, Green Jobs, etc
App: INRIX Traffic
Use: Travel & Navigation
If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic and wished you’d taken another, more efficient route to your destination, than INRIX Traffic app is for you. INRIX Traffic puts the power of real-time traffic flow and incident reports in the palm of your hand. It also provides you a brief glimpse into the future by allowing you to “forecast” your departure time and assess the potential impact of traffic on your trip. The less time we can spend on the road, the more we save in time, $ and CO2 emissions. I would love to see INRIX add route guidance and maybe even “predictive routing” based on the forecast data they have.
App: Love Clean London
Use: Government Resources
Love Clean London makes it easier for Londoners to report environmental crimes, receive feedback from London boroughs on progress and save London boroughs money. Although I personally do not live in London, friends of mine who do tout the level of engagement this app encourages between government officials and citizens. Suppose you observe spilled paint running down a local storm drain or garbage left out on the street, you can take a photo of the situation and your report will be sent to the relevant authority. You can be kept informed of progress in a variety of ways, including text and email messages and the Love Clean London web site (http://lovecleanlondon.org)
App: Mango Transit
Use: Travel & Navigation
Cost: Free & Paid ($.99)
Simply put Mango Transit helps you plan and use public transportation – from directions & timing to the various modes of transportation that get you from here to there. Have you ever arrived at a new destination and wondered whether it would have been faster/easier/cheaper to simply take the bus? Or the subway? Or just walk? Not to mention the confusion I often have when trying to make sense of the local subway or bus schedule. Mango Transit helps you cut through the complexity, giving you the best options for saving time, money, gas, and resulting CO2 emissions.
Cities supported: Albany (NY), Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, London (UK), Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington DC
Use: Lifestyle & Shopping
With more than 97 million active users globally, eBay is the world’s largest online marketplace, enabling second — or third, or fourth — lives from products that may have been intended to have just one. From promoting the use and re-use of things that already exist to harnessing the efficiencies of the internet to reduce waste, eBay is empowering its users to make more sustainable choices. eBay has also recently partnered with clothing maker Patagonia to encourage people to buy less, and buy used. The eBay Mobile application itself allows eBay members to search, bid, and check their activity on the go. Buyers can submit that last-minute bid on a hard-to-find item, sellers can check on their sales, and act on time-sensitive information on the spot without a computer.
App: Waste Not
Use: Government Resources
This app is currently only available in Australia, but is designed to encourage recycling and responsible waste disposal in your local area. The app is designed as a ‘one-stop-app’ for information regarding waste and recycling services. You can find contact details local city council staff, learn about trash/recycling days & times including the types of items accepted. You can also build a list of items to dispose of and navigate to the nearest recycling facility, etc.
Do you have a favorite green Windows Phone app that I may have missed? I’d love to learn about it…