The near-universal popularity of smartphones and a wide range of innovative mobile apps have given rise to the possibility of leveraging them to improve sustainability. Consumers should know which of the current apps support a low carbon, resource efficient, and more sustainable way of living in order to make informed choices. WSP Group, a British consultancy firm, has brought out a White Paper called “Apps for the Environment,” which evaluates mobile apps that enable the mainstreaming of greener living.
The White Paper has identified a list of top 20 smartphone apps that are role models for the sustainable sharing global society. It chose popular apps that support a greener lifestyle while living in a positive, can-do environment with higher standards of living. These apps do not tell consumers to stop doing things. They are not complicated or hard to use. Consumers as well as app developers can take note of the incidental push to sustainability that these apps provide.
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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.
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