Green Up App

Problem Statement

Green Up Day has been a beloved Vermont tradition for 50 years. Though people turn out in the thousands across the state every year, Green Up Vermont (the non-profit organization behind the event) believes many more people would participate if they were invited. Furthermore, Green Up Day is a very grassroots event, which ironically can sometimes make it more difficult for people to find information on the local events.

Project Summary

May 1st 2020 - The Next Iteration of the App (v5) is now available!

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It has been clear for several years that a mobile app could solve several problems for Green Up Vermont:

  • Vermonters waste effort when they visit roads that have already been cleaned
  • There is no digital tool to coordinate or invite people to participate
  • There is no directory of the events, times and guidelines for each town
  • Tracking the efforts of vounteers is difficult when the event is so atonomous

A mobile app can neatly address these issues and more.  The app under development will allow users to coordinate with friends to select a section of road and indicate the location where trash bags were left for pick up.  Collection trucks can efficiently find bags and the non-profit will have much richer information about the program they can use to seek more money to help keep Vermont green for years to come.

The app being created will be freely available on iOS and Android devices.  Intially, the it will only be available on mobile devices, though eventually a web-accessible version is likely to be created for use by both Green Up volunteers and organization admins.

Status Update: April 6th, 2018

The app has officially hit the app store!  

This is an amazing achievement for an all-volunteer project. This project team has donated hundreds of hours of coding, designing, marketing, and management skills to produce an awesome mobile app that everyone in Vermont can use.  And we got it out 27 days before Green Up Day - and 6 days ahead of deadline.  

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped Green Up Vermont on this project!

Status Update: August 8th, 2017

The app is under active development and has been rolling along since July.  The team has laid out most of the fundamental aspects of the app such as navigation and authentication with Google and Facebook.  Individual pages are currently being created (see links below for mockups).  The intial prototype is on track to be completed around the end of the month and next steps will be planned from there.

Status Update: June 24th, 2017

Today we kicked off the initial development of a Green Up VT prototype!  The Essex highschool STEM program, in coordination with the official Green Up Vermont non-profit, will be building the prototype using React Native JS.  John Need gave a model introduction of this software project to the new development team, complete with personas and scenarios to introduce the users.  Melinda from Green Up introduced the organization and explained the value that a mobile app would provide.  Overall, this was a great kickoff to a great project!

Previous Efforts

Numerous attempts have been made at helping Green Up with an app. A mobile app for Android and iOS was built by a team at UVM for CodeForBTV in the early days of our organization. Unfortunately, that app suffered from having some very difficult to maintain and pass-on code chunks, and from a team of individuals that graduated... and moved on. At least two web mapping applications were built for Green Up as well, but one required significant data processing that needed some money realistically to make happen, as well as would have needed at least some money to cover hosting parts of the system. The other may still have use as a free solution for the community organizer to use, but was less useful for the individuals planning their Green Up efforts.