Green on the Go: Mobile Apps

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Bring the environmental expertise of EarthShare’s member charities with you on the go with these informative and entertaining applications for your smart phone or tablet. You’ll be hiking the nearest trail and making healthy eating choices at your neighborhood restaurant in no time -- with the confidence that you’re getting the facts from reliable sources!

 

Green Living:

Rippl is a free mobile app from Ocean Conservancy that helps you make simple, sustainable choices by delivering weekly green living tips. You get to customize a routine that fits your life, and you can opt to try it out for a week or a month. Each tip is designed to conveniently help you transform your habits, save money and live a greener, healthier life.  It even tracks your progress!

Download the Sierra Club Eco Heroes application and make a pledge to become an Eco Hero. You can choose from five green pledges, all of which can help reduce America’s dependence on oil. The map will show which areas of the country are filling up with pledges and which areas need more.

Featuring thousands of green companies, the National Green Pages® is the nation's premier resource for conscious consumers. The smart phone apps for iPhone or Android from Green America deliver the full National Green Pages experience, complete with one-touch local listings and maps, events, and Facebook integration. Green America’s mobile suite also includes the Green ID pack, which sends daily GreenDeals and tips straight to Sprint Android users.

 

Food:

The science is in — pesticide residues remain on your food, even after washing. What are the dangers of these pesticides? How much of this stuff is really on the food we eat? Pesticide Action Network's new iPhone app –“What’s On My Food?”–puts the answers at your fingertips.

The effects of mercury on human health are well-documented, and a recent report from Sushithe International POPs Elimination Network and Biodiversity Research Institute indicates that mercury levels in fish regularly exceed health advisory guidelines. Safe Sushi is an app from the Sierra Club for people who love to eat sushi and want to be informed about which fish have high levels of mercury.  The app can be used in two ways: sushi novices can search by mercury level (high, moderate and low) and sushi connoisseurs can search by the name of the fish.

Eating fresh, local ingredients make for the best-tasting and healthiest dining. Find out what's in season in your state, locate nearby farmers' markets anywhere in the United States, and check out seasonal recipes with Natural Resources Defense Council’s Eat Local app.

To help you make the most informed seafood choices while shopping or eating out, Environmental Defense Fund introduced a unique way to get health and environmental information for your favorite fish with their Seafood and Sushi Selectors To-Go app.

 

Wildlife & Outdoors:

As beautiful as it is helpful, Arbor Day’s What Tree Is That? for iPhone uses a step-by-step approach to identify more than 250 trees in the U.S. and Canada. Take a hike with your family and become tree experts together!

Explore beautiful frogs and their amazing world in the Colombian Rainforest with Robin Moore, amphibian conservation officer at Conservation International, with the Fantastic World of Frogs app.

If it crawls, slithers, wiggles, flies, swims, bites, burrows, or hops, it can be found in one or more of Splash_wildflowersthe Audubon Nature Guides. Great for birdwatching, hiking and exploring the outdoors, these mobile guides feature high quality photographs, range maps, animal sounds and the ability to create your own “lifelists” and record sightings. Browse them all here.

National Parks Conservation Association’s interactive field guide to the wildlife of 100 national parks includes all the birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians you'll encounter while visiting a park. It will even help you identify native trees and wildflowers. Download the field guide here.

Interact with the world around you by exploring photos and local nature preserves; you’ll also get Nature Conservancy magazine's digital edition with these mobile apps.

Track your progress on the trail, find bikeshops and upload photos with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s forthcoming TrailLink mobile app.

First time at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.? This interactive map will help you navigate the 163-acre park like a true Zoo Guide!  Locate animal exhibits and get demonstration schedules; find special children’s activities; test your knowledge against their index of Zoo animal facts and figures; and more.

Experience the world’s most amazing animals in one app. World Wildlife Fund's "Together" for iPad brings you closer to the stories of elephants, whales, rhinos and other fascinating species. Discover their lives and the work of WWF in a way you’ve never seen before.

 

Energy:

The Natural Resources Defense Council, Facebook and Opower joined with 16 utilities to launch a social energy app that allows users to start benchmarking their home’s energy usage against similar homes, compare energy use with friends, enter energy-saving competitions, and share tips on how to become more energy efficient.

 

Kids:

Learn cool bird facts, become a star nature photographer, help Ranger Rick solve a mummy mystery, and much more in one of the National Wildlife Federation’s apps for kids.

Designed to educate children ages 8 through 12 about the interconnection between plants and animals in the Amazonian rainforest, Rainforest Alliance’s Rainforest Survival Challenge offers thought-provoking information about a variety of native species that live in one of the Earth’s most fascinating and delicate ecosystems.

 

Do you have your own favorite green mobile apps?  Share them with us in the comments section below, or tell us about them on Facebook and Twitter!

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