The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today announced the release of a mobile application for both iTunes and Android platforms that it hopes will help people and small businesses to reduce their carbon footprints. Voluntary actions like this are an important part of California's plan to reduce carbon emissions state-wide.
The free app is available for download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store and is similar to a more comprehensive carbon calculator available at CoolCalifornia.org. With the app, individuals and small businesses will have an easy-to-use tool to calculate their carbon footprints.
Additionally, it will provide a convenient way to make pledges to reduce activities that release carbon into the atmosphere. Examples of such pledges could include riding a bike more often, turning off the lights when not needed, and using a more fuel efficient car. The app will show the emission reductions associated with those pledges.
After answering a number of questions about personal and business activities, such as how many miles per gallon does your car get, what is your monthly electricity bill, and others, the app calculates how much carbon pollution those activities generate. The app also gives tips on how to reduce one's footprint and allows the user to share related stories on Facebook and Twitter.
The app was developed by MDS Digital Communicators, with offices in Santa Monica and Bogota, Colombia, in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley, for the Air Resources Board. It is the first app developed by the ARB that is available on iTunes and Google Play.
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