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Published on November 21st, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz


UbiGreen Cell Phone App Keeps Track of Your Carbon Footprint

November 21st, 2008 by  


Keeping track of your carbon footprint can be hard; you may walk or take the bus everywhere, but how much CO2 is that cross-country plane trip letting loose? UbiGreen, a new cell phone application developed by Intel and the University of Washington, senses whether you’re in a plane, train, or car to let you know exactly what your carbon footprint is.

The application uses a built-in accelerometer in your phone (like the iPhone has) to keep track of your movement. UbiGreen keeps you motivated by placing a tree on the screen of your phone that becomes leafy or barren depending on your carbon-spewing tendencies.

Unfortunately, you might have to do some manual work to find out your carbon footprint for now; the application won’t be released for another year.


Photo Credit: University of Washington 

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

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