County Mobile App Locates Alternative Fuel Stations

DuPage County, Ill., has launched its first smartphone app which finds alternative fuel stations and car share locations and green buildings countywide.

by / March 12, 2012
A screen capture of the DuPage County Green Grid GIS map. DuPage County, Ill.

DuPage County, Ill., has gone green for its first trip into the world of smartphone application development.

Called the DuPage Green Grid, the program identifies alternative fuel stations, car share locations and buildings certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program throughout the area. Based on GIS technology, the app is available for free and compatible with Apple, Android and Windows phones.

LEED is a green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide a set of standards for environmentally-sustainable construction.

According to Shefali Trivedi, the county’s environmental projects specialist, the program will continue to evolve over time. In comments to the DuPage County Environmental Committee on March 6, she explained that the app will be updated as other green projects are completed and items such as Energy Star-rated buildings and renewable energy roofs may eventually be added.

“We recognize that many residents use their smartphones to access this information, so we chose to develop an application that will serve them, said Brian Krajewski, chairman of the county’s technology committee, in a statement.

Local governments across the nation continue to develop specialized apps for various smartphone platforms. Late last year, Sacramento County launched its first app, which spotlights the health scores of nearby eateries. In addition, various counties, including Wayne County, Mich., have produced snowplow apps so residents in the colder areas of the U.S can track what roads have been cleared before venturing out in wintery weather.