Earth Overshoot Day is a date when humanity's consumption for the year outstrips Earth's capacity to regenerate those resources. It is July 29 in 2019; in 1999 it was September 29. Quite frankly we have run out of time as the effects become more and more drastic. Recently, Michigan experienced a high of 75 degrees in the middle of March. But at least here it isn't destroying my home. In other nations such as Indonesia, sea levels are rising ultimately causing water to push shoreside homes further inland, but how far can they go? Eventually, the island will be underwater along with many resources. These extreme climate-related issues are the reason we created Carbon Waze. The majority of the pollution we create is indeed from our lifestyle tasks such as driving or eating, which is why we targeted these two areas for our application. If each person were to use our app, those carbon emission savings will add up to make a lasting impact.

What it does

Our application uses location services combined with a variety of green APIs to calculate and find the most carbon-efficient route when finding a location. This is a combination of distance and time calculation to find which path would result in larger amount of emissions. Using Cloverly API, we can find the carbon offset from a certain set of inputted directions. It first starts off by showing you your current location and allows you to enter the address of your choice as your destination, calculating the most carbon-efficient path and then setting a route to that location.

Our other feature uses the News API to query information and action in the news. In our demo, for example, we are able to see various articles in regards to climate change, select them, and get redirected to a link to view the full article if interested. This allows users to be more informed about what is happening around them and contribute to their local lawmakers about what is being done to help.

Our last feature is a calculator that allows users to find out how bad their carbon footprint is on the environment including transportation, food travel, and electricity as well. Using a combination of these, the user is able to find out how much they need to change their lifestyle to be sustainable compared to the average individual. This will help provide a wake-up call to users regarding their carbon footprint which many are unaware of.

How we built it

  • News API to find and query climate change-related news and action
  • Cloverly API to find the carbon offset for the directions inputted
  • Walk Score API to calculate time to the destination along with its distance
  • Firebase for authentication
  • Cool Climate API to calculate the carbon footprint of a given individual based on various factors inputted to the API

Challenges we ran into

Time was quite frankly a huge issue considering we had so many ideas for features we wanted to implement

Coordination was also another issue because during the day time on the weekend my teammate and I had certain commitments so we accomplished the majority of our tasks late in the night or early morning

We also had many issues transferring data, as often many APIs we found originally were not working. Finding working APIs was one of the biggest issues.

What's next for Carbon Waze

We plan on brainstorming and developing more features to help sustain the planet better including creating our own way to track carbon emissions to reroute users, saving user’s journeys in a database to show how much user’s have reduced their carbon footprint, and publishing to the Google Play and App Store to help make an impact. We also hope to use background location services as well so that when the application does turn off, for example, we are still able to keep the directions running.

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