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Smoggy

Paul Y.

Submitted August 8 2010

Data Set(s) used: “GHG emission by energy source” and “GHG emission by region” provided by Natural Resources Canada.

Summary: Based on real-life greenhouse gas emission statistics, we want our users to understand these numbers through an engaging game experience and realize the problem these underlying numbers represent.

Description: Greenhouse gas pollution is a serious and ongoing problem. Through the gameplay we have designed, where the actual greenhouse gas emission statistics determine the difficulty level of the game, we are presenting the idea of making compromises in the present in order to create a better future.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
We are targeting a broad user group including children, teenagers, and casual game players. We have designed the game to be simple enough for people to pick up and play, but also offer replay incentive with a scoring and leaderboard system.

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
The app enables the audience to be able to not only visualize the data, but more importantly, experience and understand what each of these numbers indicate. Through playing a game, we hope that people will be more inclined to learn about the data and become aware of the problem that subsides beneath the numbers. Furthermore the player will learn that if the issue of greenhouse gases is not addressed in the present, they will become even more difficult to address in the future.

URL: http://smoggy.maxstudio.ca

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
Use a web browser with the flash plugin version 10 or above

ShowMeBC

Jan H.

Submitted August 6 2010

Data Set(s) used: The data catalogue himself, the 2007 CEEI Reports and the Microsoft Pivot Wikipedia collection.

Summary: The main purpose of this app is to raise awareness by making climate data accessible via rich visualization and interaction.

Description: ShowMeBC doesn’t address a specific problem but rather helps to find issues hidden in plain numbers and hopefully inspires people to find solutions.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
ShowMeBC aims to be useful and informative for Everyman as well as the government or environmental organisations.

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
ShowMeBC aims to raise awareness by presenting and interacting with climate data in ways that are more informative, rich and fun than just looking at plain numbers. The chosen kind of visualization and experience enables the user to recognize patterns and trends within the data sets and provides a holistic view. While ShowMeBC includes currently just one actual data set and two meta-data sets to demonstrate its features, it has the potential to become a platform for publishing climate data in the future.

URL: http://www.sharpedtools.net/showmebc

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
The app needs Microsoft Windows or Mac OSX with Silverlight 4 installed. The app runs within the browser or can be installed as a standalone application. All install requirements are provided automatically.

BCEmissions.ca

Carson L.

Submitted August 8 2010

Data Set(s) used: BC Air Quality site, 2007 CEEI reports and guidance document, Going the Distance and Recycling in BC reports from BC Stats, BC Energy Plan, LiveSmart BC carbon calculator, Energy Use and Emissions by Sector from NRCAN. Full list online.

Summary: To promote awareness of personal contributions to climate change, in the context of contributions at the municipal level.

Description: BCEmissions.ca aims to increase public engagement and awareness of climate change, as well as individual and municipal contributions to climate change. The public is generally aware of the significance of climate change, but members of the public do not understand the scope of their GHG emissions. This information is publicly available, but it is not in an accessible format: pieces are scattered across tables, spreadsheets, PDFs, and websites. BCEmissions.ca aims to bring many interconnected pieces of information together, and present them in an interesting and accessible format that doesn't overwhelm the visitor with information, while at the same time allowing visitors to learn more if they wished.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
Secondary schools (e.g.: Geography 12), and the general public.

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
By using graphics and visualizations, prompting questions, and interactivity, BCEmissions.ca engages visitors to take an interest in the greenhouse gas emissions of their community and their household. Interesting facts are presented alongside hard data, and links to related topics and official reports are available for those who want to delve deeper into any presented topic. Brainstorming questions are included alongside each category of statistics in order to facilitate thinking and discussion, which is particularly useful in educational settings. The format of the website aims to educate, but not lecture, with the overarching goal of encouraging visitors to reflect on their energy consumption, efficiency, and GHG emissions. Secondary school teachers would greatly benefit from integrating BCEmissions.ca into their climate change and geography curriculum. As the application was created with educational settings in mind, doing so would provide students with a more engaging way to learn about GHG emissions among BC communities.

URL: http://bcemissions.ca

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
Please evaluate the site using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari. Due to time and technical constraints, the user experience in Internet Explorer 8 is suboptimal.

GreenMoney

Ryan N.

Submitted August 2 2010

Data Set(s) used: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cas/mitigation/ghg_inventory/excel/demo-economic.xls

Summary: GreenMoney is a personal offset calculator for the money and time you invest in environmental savings. GreenMoney measures environmental impact based on economic data collected by the government.

Description: The barrier to pro-environmental behaviour posed by extra costs in both time and money associated with such decisions. GreenMoney addresses this by providing a sense of environmental impact from these investments and decisions.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
General public

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
GreenMoney uses the demographic and economic indicators data set to associate a greenhouse gas value with a dollar value - thereby giving every dollar in our economy a corresponding environmental value. With this calculation we can determine an individuals contribution to GDP based on their income and by extension their contribution to greenhouse gas production. GreenMoney takes this relationship and helps individuals quantify their investments in the environment as offsets of the economic-environmental impact equation. GreenMoney provides the information to get a sense of impact from one's decisions and also tally such impacts over time. With the goal of making it easier for individuals to deal with the barriers associated with pro-environmental behaviour. For further explanation see the About section on http://greenmoneyapp.com

URL: http://greenmoneyapp.com

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
Simply sign up either through the App itself on an iPhone or through the website. Should be pretty straightforward.

Save-the-rain

Mark L.

Submitted August 7 2010

Data Set(s) used: 1. Impacts & Environmental Change, Weather and Climate,Climate BC, UBC 2. Annual & seasonal precipitation (Wet Years) Canadian Atmospheric Hazards Network 3. Ground Water Wells - GeoBC

Summary: One way to prepare for the effects of global warming on water supply is to capture and save rain water running off of our roofs. This app allows you to calculate how much rainfall you can capture in a year by calculating the area of your roof.

Description: Lack of water due to global warming, especially on areas that rely on well water.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
The general public.

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
The app raises awareness of the potential rainwater harvesting can have on preparing for the impacts of climate change.

URL: http://tinyurl.com/33sjoq3

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
Simply browse to the url above. Enter your address. Zoom to your house. Start tracing your roof shape by clicking on the map. Click finished to receive a report.

Vancouver Bike Routes

Xing Wei Z.

Submitted August 4 2010

Data Set(s) used: Bike way in Vancouver Data Catalogue

Summary: Encourage people to commute by bike

Description: To reduce green house gases

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
People who commute by bike

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
Travel by bike to reduce green house gases

URL: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vancouver-bike-routes/id384307529?mt=8

The Climate Reports

Dave J.

Submitted July 10 2010

Data Set(s) used: Environment Canada's historical climate archive.

Summary: Allow the general public to explore how the climate has changed since the year 1900.

Description: (1) The disbelief that our climate is changing. (2) Education about the science behind analysis of climate data through helpful videos. (3) Demonstrate an alternate way to think about user interfaces for meaningful data exploration that the general public can readily grasp.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
General public, government, agriculture, landscaping, transportation, travel and tourism, construction, ski lodges, event planners, etc.

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
(1) Existing user interfaces to climate data is cumbersome at best and unsuitable for general consumption at worst. (2) Most reports on climate change are too complex for the general public; nearly all reports have little visual appeal. (3) People cannot find out how their city is changing, making the knowledge of climate change distant and impersonal. The application resolves these issues. The application's future, I believe holds much more promise. With enough traction, there is opportunity to obtain corporate sponsorship (paid advertising) to provide free weather and climate prediction for local areas. Advertising income would be redirected into solar energy (such as solar water heating and rooftop solar panels).

URL: http://www.whitemagicsoftware.com/software/climate

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
http://www.whitemagicsoftware.com/software/climate/help-basic-video.html

VELO

Dr. Ron D.

Submitted July 23 2010

Data Set(s) used: Energy & GHG Emissions - Measuring & Inventorying - National Inventory Report: GHG sources & Sinks in Canada - Environment Canada

Summary: GHG emissions reduction through measurement and benchmarking against peer.

Description: Green House Gas Emissions Reduction

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
Financial sector institutions.

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
By comparing measured results against peers internally and externally change is more effective. VELO allows organizations to monitor and compare emissions continually rather than annually.

URL: http://velo.zerofootprint.net/

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
Access with email michael.glenn+a4ca@zerofootprint.net and password a4cafootprint

Rain Caddy

John B.

Submitted August 7 2010

Data Set(s) used: Canadian Daily Climate Data

Summary: Calculate the total rainfall for an area over a period of 7 days

Description: To promote water conservation

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
Designed so that any level of user can use it

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
By informing users on when or when not to water their lawns

URL: http://www.raincaddy.info/

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
Rain Caddy is a single step process; once the application loads simply enter in an address similar to the examples provided. Rain Caddy will then calculate the rainfall for that area for the last 7 days.

The Dictionary of the Climate Debate

Jon S.

Submitted August 4 2010

Data Set(s) used: I've created an entry in the dictionary that is headed "BC Climate Change Data Catalogue" that directs them to that site, explains briefly what it is, and quickly shows them how to use it.

Summary: To give people clear and concise explanations of key terms that are being used by participants in the climate change debate; as well as brief biographies of those participants and their qualifications

Description: The idea is to make it easier for people to discuss the political issues involved.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
Everyone who is interested in the continuing climate debate.

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
If people have good information they will be better able to judge the quality of the arguments that are being presented to them in this still ongoing debate.

URL: http://thedgw.org/

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
The application opens with a brief and clear explanation of how to use it.

The Effects of Rising Sea Levels on Vancouver due to Global Warming - Mobile App

Mark L.

Submitted August 8 2010

Data Set(s) used: A Snapshot of Future Sea Levels: Photographing the King Tide, 1m contours - Open Data Vancouver

Summary: To raise awareness of the potential impact of Global Warming on Sea Level Rise.

Description: Rising sea levels sue to global warming.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
General Public

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
This app graphically portays what areas of Vancouver will be flooded due to rising sea levels. This helps to raise awareness of the importance of doing what can be done to curb global warming.

URL: http://www.laudontech.com/vancouver-flood-zone/vancouver-flooded.html

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
Simply browse to URL via a mobile phone. Use pinch gestures to zoom in and pan.

Canadian Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Industrial Sector

Jan U.

Submitted August 8 2010

Data Set(s) used: I have used data from Natural Resources Canada: Office of Energy Efficiency. They give a detailed breakdown of the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for each industrial sector.

Summary: To inform readers about the environmental impact and economic analysis of the industrial sector.

Description: Most people have an individualistic view about climate action. How much greenhouse gases are produced when I drive my car? What things can I change in my daily household to reduce my impact on the environment? However a large part of the greenhouse gases are created by industry and therefore it is also important for people to understand what segments of industry pollute the most and what can be done about it.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
This app would be useful for people in a position to direct Canada's future growth and allocate subsidies and grants accordingly. But it is also useful for people at large to learn about greenhouse gas emissions.

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
By informing people, we give them the power to act on their knowledge. They can choose to act by voting for climate action and politicians who promise to do something about climate change. By better understanding the tradeoff of polluting for economic activity, people can act by choosing which industry to work in and to support regulations on the most polluting industries.

URL: http://janulrich.org/greenhousegasemissions

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
Mouse over the graphs to see the emissions of each industry.

Waterly

Herb L.

Submitted August 8 2010

Data Set(s) used: water management precincts; Canadian daily climate data

Summary: Waterly raises awareness about water use, in particular lawn watering, and help citizens to reduce their water consumption.

Description: Waterly reduces the carbon footprint related to collecting, treating and transporting water for household consumption.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
Waterly will be used by citizens who want to water their lawns responsibly, professional garden care companies, and businesses with landscaping.

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
Waterly raises awareness of water consumption and supports people to reduce their water consumption in the following ways: providing information (e.g., about the amount of water needed to maintain a healthy lawn, how to assess their lawn's water needs, and how to make good choices about whether to water), and providing regular reminders with relevant information (e.g., prompting them about when watering is not necessary because of adequate rainfall, providing suggestions for how to assess their lawn's needs, etc.)

URL: http://www.waterly.ca/

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
go to the site, enter your street address, and click 'should I water?' button. Then click 'remind me' button to be reminded about watering activities.

MathTappers: Carbon Choices

Tim P.

Submitted August 8 2010

Data Set(s) used: For our app we captured conversion factors from the data catalogue to support calculations (e.g. Canada produces ~0.2 kg of CO2e. per kWh). We also recommend the database to students to support discussions, projects and fine-tuning of parameters.

Summary: The MathTappers: Carbon Choices App is designed to help students examine the effects of their personal choices on climate change. As students track their choices their impact is assessed in terms of annualized kg of CO2 equivalents generated.

Description: Our MathTappers: Carbon Choices App is designed to help students become more aware of the amount of C02 equivalent pollution introduced by their lifestyle choices. As students build an understanding and awareness of their part in climate change, they may attend to their choices more diligently and seek to share their discoveries with others (i.e., through Facebook). Climate change, greenhouse gases, C02 equivalents, etc. are fuzzy terms to most members of the general public. They can’t easily define them or interpret the magnitude of the numbers that they might hear. This App is intended to support students, parents and teachers in building a sound understanding of the numeric values associated with these terms. MathTappers: Carbon Choices takes everyday activities (i.e., bathing, eating, transportation, entertainment) and helps students to make the connection between their everyday choices and the kg of C02 equivalents that will be emitted if they repeat those choices over a year. By understanding how many Kg of C02 equivalents they are responsible for through their actions and choices – students will find the issue of climate change and greenhouse gas to be less abstract and easier to discuss and to address. This application was built by the team of Tim Pelton, Justin Longo, Leslee Francis Pelton and Joshua Smith.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
We expect that middle and secondary level students, their parents and their teachers will use this application to support enlightening climate change activities, meaningful discussions and authentic projects. MathTappers: Carbon Choices is a free app

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
Our goal in developing the MathTappers: Carbon Choices app was to build a tool that students could use to evaluate the effects of their personal lifestyle choices in terms of greenhouse gas production. The intent is to help students see that by adjusting their choices they can have an impact on the amount of CO2 equivalents emitted into the environment. We hope that teachers and parents will download this app and use it as a tool to engage, encourage and support student exploration into the issues of climate change and individual responsibility. By focusing on the impacts associated with a few of the choices that students regularly make in their daily lives, we expect that the relationship between these choices and greenhouse gas production will become ‘real’. This app includes mechanisms to support the recording of student contexts and choices. Specifically students can describe their: (a) shower use (b) food choices (c) transportation requests (d) entertainment systems usage and discover the Kg of CO2 equivalents that their choices would generate over a year. Once the reality of their contribution to greenhouse gas production and climate change becomes apparent, we expect that students will be more inclined to engage.

URL: http://web.uvic.ca/~tpelton/mt-carbonchoices/mt-carbonchoices-movie.mp4

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
this is a 16mb mp4 movie file - running time is 2:25

VanTrash

Luke C.

Submitted May 27 2010

Data Set(s) used: VanTrash scrapes pickup schedules from City of Vancouver websites and combines it with GIS data from data.vancouver.ca. In turn, VanTrash exposes this scraped data in a clean RESTful API for other citizens to build and innovate on.

Summary: To help people remember to take their recycling, organic waste and other garbage out.

Description: VanTrash is built to help ease the tension of remembering collection day and which things are picked up. As new programs like food composting come online, VanTrash helps citizens become more aware of these programs.

What types of people and/or organizations do you expect to use the App?
All citizens of Vancouver that have waste pickups and have email or mobile phones.

How does the App help address climate change or promote climate action?
VanTrash helps climate change in two peripheral ways. First, by making citizens more aware of and engaged with local recycling and composting programs we can reduce the amount of waste going to landfills. Secondly, VanTrash is a tangible example of the innovation that can come from open data. VanTrash can act as a gateway drug into more civic engagement and support for open data, which leads to more intentional and sustainable government.

URL: http://vantrash.ca

If the App links to a URL, please provide clear instructions for accessing the App? 
Click on a zone or enter an address or use browser-based geolocation (Chrome, Firefox 3.6) to see the schedule. Grab the ICal feed or set up an email or twitter reminder.

 

And the winners are...

Best Web

First
Zerofootprint
VELO

Second
Herb Lainchbury
Waterly

Third
Carson Lam
BCEmissions

Honourable Mention
Mark Laudon
Save-the-rain

Jan Hannemann
ShowMeBC

Paul Yuan
Smoggy

 

Best Mobile

First
Tim Pelton
MathTappers:
Carbon Choices


 

 

 

Honourable Mention
Ryan Nadel
GreenMoney

Luke Closs
VanTrash

 

Best of B.C.

First
Herb Lainchbury
Waterly

Second
Carson Lam
BCEmissions

Third
Jan Hannemann
ShowMeBC

Honourable Mention
Mark Laudon
Save-the-rain

Tim Pelton
MathTappers:
Carbon Choices


Dave Jarvis
The Climate Reports

 

People's Choice

First
Luke Closs
VanTrash

Second
Ryan Nadel
GreenMoney

Third
Jan Hannemann
ShowMeBC

Honourable Mention
Mark Laudon
Save-the-rain

Tim Pelton
MathTappers:
Carbon Choices


Paul Yuan
Smoggy

 

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