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JouleBug App Spotlights City of Raleigh’s Sustainability

City of Raleigh
Oct. 2, 2012

The City of Raleigh’s leadership in the field of sustainability is now captured in the App Store.

On October 1, JouleBug, a mobile smartphone application that makes it simple and fun be more sustainable, introduced the “Sustainable Raleigh” badge. JouleBug was developed in Raleigh, by a team working out of DesignBox, a company located in the Warehouse District. The app premiered during SPARKcon. The team designed the custom badge for the City of Raleigh, making it the first municipality in the nation with this distinction. Users can earn points, pins and badges by using the JouleBug app to learn new ways and track existing habits for improving their sustainable behavior.

The JouleBug Sustainable Raleigh badge is available to users who earn enough points and pins by accomplishing various tasks unique to the City such as:

  • Downtown Walkaround - complete the Downtown Raleigh Sustainability Walking Tour;
  • Raleigh Rocket - ride an R-Line bus;
  • Juice Box - use a Raleigh electric vehicle charging station;
  • Solar Squisher - use a BigBelly solar recycle station;
  • The City of Spokes - exercise along one of the City's sustainable parks or greenways; and,
  • Hometown Hero - volunteer eight hours of community service within the City.

Users can compete with friends from Facebook and Twitter, or as part of a group competing with other groups. Points and pins are tracked and posted through the JouleBug Leaderboard. JouleBug, which is available as a free download from the App Store, will be presented nationally later this week at the South by Southwest® Eco Conference held in Austin, Texas.

The JouleBug partnership with Raleigh is a result of the City’s national leadership in sustainable technologies and practices. It connects the community using innovative mobile technology, and showcases the City's commitment to developing economic opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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