Looking to print a website (“greener”) without wasting paper and ink on all the unnecessary pages and formatting? Try this web-based tool called PrintFriendly. You can print almost any website by simply pasting the URL on the Printfriendly website, or email the page to yourself, or print to PDF as well.
Also, add the tool as an extension to your Chrome browser to use as needed. And you can download the button code and add to your own website. (find out more!)
TIP: As suggested by the Tech Bits column in C&RL News June 2014 (brought to you by ACRL ULS Technology in University Libraries Committee) this tool “…could be a powerful visual tool for librarians to compare website content and reliability during instruction” (- Jaki King)
Free Watershed Academy Webinar on “How’s My Waterway? and Other Water Quality Apps” on Nov. 28, 2012 at 1-3pm EST
The US EPA is promoting their new apps and website which will let users quickly learn about waterways in the USA, condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer: http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway The app uses mobile device locations or a user-entered zip code/city name to send information on their local quality of water bodies. Way cool! The webinar will also discussion the SwinGuide (find a close beach and get beach status information!) and the RiverView (share pictures of your favorite river and share information on its condition) – two other apps you must check out and promote as well!
Note from their website: “This app was released on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation’s water resources. Forty years later, EPA is providing citizens with a technology-based tool to expand that stewardship.”
Register for this webinar, view archived webinas or find out more!
Launched last fall, this website asks the single questions “How Many Slaves Work For You?” – a survey you can take to see how many indirect modern slaves work for you. Their goal is educating people to create a free market by free people. Deep within the supply chain, clothing you buy, electronics you purchase, food you eat, comes from somewhere with people involved in the making of it. This site simply, with some nice graphics, walks you through examples of how your purchases start with raw materials, then manufacturing, companies/brands …to you. With many people often underpaid, in poor conditions, possible child labor – AND often producing detrimental environmental aspects – through the entire process. Take the survey and find out how many slaves actually work for you. Then you can truly say it was Made in A Free World!
In honor of Earth Week, there are a number of green apps available and worth checking out.
The Verde app (only for iPad) is FREE – usually $5 – from now through Sunday/Earth Day. The Verde app helps you perform an energy audit of your home. (or office or school etc). Once downloaded you choose you zone (geographically) and your energy rate (app can find it for you) and then go through various categories – adding your various appliances such as lighting, gadgets, etc. You choose which specific types in each category from lists and you can customize this data. The app will show you appx costs for your device and usage. A final report can also be emailed and used to help cut back on costs and usage!
A list of more green eco-friendly apps can be found on this macworld site.
For those wanting to get outside for the weekend, check out the FREE AllTrails app (for iphone and android) – assists with finding trails, GPS Tracking, and Topo maps for the hiking, camping, mountain biking, and National Parks. Sierra Club also has a FREE trail app called Trail Explorer (for iPhone only)
Special thanks to brown biggers for the suggestions!