Make an app for that!

EPA asks for eco-apps

Calling all techies! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is challenging students and information-technology developers around the nation to develop environmental “apps” that help individuals make informed decisions regarding the world around them, according to an EPA press release.

The “Apps for Environment” challenge was created as a way for the EPA to make better use and raise awareness of its data regarding human health and the environment. Apps must be accessible by the Internet or a mobile device, and must address one or more of the seven priorities for the EPA’s future as outlined by EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson in early 2010, including addressing climate change, improving air quality and protecting waters.

EPA experts will choose finalists and winners based on usefulness, creativity and the creator’s ability to incorporate one of Jackson’s priorities into their app. A “People’s Choice” winner will also be selected by the public. Winners will be mentioned on the EPA website and will present their app in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit Deadline for submissions is Sept. 16.