Calling all app developers, now is your chance to do something good for the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced the Apps for the Environment challenge, which will be open for submissions through September 16, 2011.

If you decide to take part in this challenge, you will have open access to EPA data. The app needs to be useful to either individuals or communities and meet one of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s Seven Priorities.

Seven Priorities for EPA’s Future

  • Taking Action on Climate Change
  • Improving Air Quality
  • Assuring the Safety of Chemicals
  • Cleaning Up Our Communities
  • Protecting America’s Waters
  • Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice
  • Building Strong State and Tribal Partnerships
The contest is open until September 16, 2011 and then a judging and public voting period will open up through October 7, 2011. The winners of the Apps for the Environment Challenge will be announced on October 31, 2011.

Submissions will be judged on usefulness, innovativeness and usability. Winners in the following categories will be invited to attend a recognition event in Washington, D.C.: Best Overall App, Best Student App and Popular Choice App.

For more information on the contest, visit the Apps for the Environment Challenge website.

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EPA announces Apps for the Environment challenge
If you're an app developer, check out the Environmental Protection Agency's new Apps for the Environment challenge.