This Houston Entrepreneur’s App Aims To Help People Reduce Their Carbon Footprint – Houston Public Media

Dakota Stormer studied chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and energy and climate policy at Johns Hopkins University.

As global warming is a growing concern and many are trying to slow it down, a new app from a Houston entrepreneur aims to help people do just that.

The Footprint app allows users to track their daily habits and calculate how much carbon dioxide they are generating.

Dakota Stormer, a recent UT Austin graduate, launched the Footprint App earlier this year.

“Every activity you record has an amount of carbon associated with that of emissions,” he said. “It will calculate that amount each day, then it will have a graph that will show you how that compares to how you averaged over from your average score that you recorded each time you first entered. times.”

There is also a leader board which shows you how you stack up against other app users.

Some of the categories you can save are food, travel, electricity use, and shopping habits.

The app is free for individuals, nonprofits, and schools. Companies will have to pay a small fee for the premium version, starting in 2020.

But what difference will the app really make in the fight against global warming?

“It can be okay,” Stormer said. “The average person in the United States has a carbon footprint of around 18 tonnes per year and we have a target market of around 1.5 billion people who could use it. And in schools alone, we have a easily addressable market of approximately one million students with whom we could use this app. “

Users reduced their footprint by around 8% during a month-long pilot, he said.

“If you increase that, about an 8% reduction of an 18-ton carbon footprint over the course of a year for about a million people, that’s a few tons,” Stormer said.

Click on the audio above to listen to the Dakota Stormer interview.

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