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Apps Make It Easier to Find Eco-Friendly Cars and Cities

There are two new apps that help environmentally conscious businesses and consumers find and compare the most the most eco-friendly cities and cars. The Clean & Fuel Efficient Cars App and Modes of Transportation to Work App by FindTheBest.com.

The Clean & Fuel Efficient Cars App displays air pollution score, greenhouse gas score, SmartWay designation, and miles per gallon city and highway.

Modes of Transportation to Work App looks at things like worker population, percentages that work from home, walk to work, carpool, or use alternative vehicles like motorcycles. Looking open a new location and want to encourage employees to walk to work? As part of your location-selection process, you might try cities where the employee pool is already predisposed to walking. Use the filter tool and the little sliding bars to locate them. But watch out. The sliding bars are addicting and you won’t get much planning done.

Here are some highlights provided by FindTheBest.com:

Most Eco-Friendly Cities:

  • City with the highest % of workers who carpool: Woodburn, OR (34.4%)
  • City with the highest % of workers who walk to work: Ithaca, NY (41.8%)
  • City with the highest % of workers who use public transportation: NYC, NY (54.6%)

Most Eco-Friendly Car:

Toyota Prius, 2010: (5-star Expert Rating, 9.5/10 Air Pollution Score, 10/10 Greenhouse Gas Score, 50 combined MPG)

Most Eco-Friendly SUV:

  • Mercury Mariner Hybrid, 2010: (4.5 star Expert Rating, 9.5/10 Air Pollution Score, 9/10 Greenhouse Gas Score, 32 Combined MPG)
  • Mazda Tribute Hybrid, 2010: (4.5 star Expert Rating, 9.5/10 Air Pollution Score, 9/10 Greenhouse Gas Score, 32 Combined MPG)
  • Ford Escape Hybrid, 2010: (4.5 star Expert Rating, 9.5/10 Air Pollution Score, 9/10 Greenhouse Gas Score, 32 Combined MPG)

Have fun! And don’t waste too much time playing with the filter tools!

Written by Heidi Tolliver-Walker

Heidi Tolliver-Walker has been a commercial and digital printing industry analyst, feature writer, columnist, editor, and author for nearly 20 years. She is known for her meticulous research and no-nonsense perspective. In addition to having written thousands of industry articles for top industry publications, she and Richard Romano have been the face of the well-respected industry research firm The Industry Measure (TrendWatch Graphic Arts) for many years. In her more than 13-year tenure with the firm, she has written countless reports on digital printing, 1:1 (personalized) printing, Web-to-print, personalized URLs, and other hot industry applications. She is also a long-time contributing editor and columnist for Printing News, for which she writes two monthly columns, including "Personal Effects," which features monthly analysis of 1:1 (personalized) printing case studies. She is also the author of three titles for the National Association of Printing Leadership: Designer's Printing Companion, Ink & Color: A Printer's Guide, and Diversifying Via Value-Added Services. As a small, niche publisher (Strong Tower Publishing), she is active in utilizing these technologies in her own business, as well.

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