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Green tech finds (3/10/11)


Lots of apps this week… for Freecycling, sharing your juice with electric vehicles drivers, and teaching the kids about rainforest ecosystems.

  • Organize your Freecycling: Like to search for used treasures on service like Freecycle and Freegle? The Trash Nothing online app allows you to organize your activities at various recycling groups.

  • i-Tree 4.0 is out: OK, this won’t garner the attention of the iPad 2, but the latest update of the US Forest Service’s i-Tree online tool for urban and community forest analysis features new applications for tree placement planning for individual land parcels, and “modeling the watershed-scale effects that vegetation has on local hydrology and water quality.”

  • Sainsbury’s goes smart: The British supermarket chain has entered into a ten year agreement with clean tech company RLtec to implement smart energy technology in 200 of its stores. (via NewEnergyWorldNetwork.com and @JimHarris)

  • ENERGY STAR ups standards for TVs: Beginning in September, televisions, along with cable and satellite boxes, must be 40% more energy efficient in order to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label. (via TechCrunch GreenTech)

  • The transparent, light-powered TV: Samsung introduced a prototype television at Germany’s CeBIT trade show that runs off of ambient light. Take a (quick) look above… (via Inhabitat and @lornali)

  • Outlet sharing for electric vehicle owners: The new PlugShare iPhone app helps EV drivers find charging stations… including home owners that will spare some electricity. They’re working on an Android version. (via GreenTech Pastures)

  • Ecology app for kids: Encyclopedia Brittanica’s new iPhone and iPad app, Rainforests, teaches kids about rainforest ecosystems through games, puzzles, and maps. (via EarthTechling)

Got other green tech finds… even if they’re not about applications? Let us know about them…

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