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THE GLAB APP

Brought to you by Laura Swartz, Cynthia Gutierrez,
Peter Killinger, DerickMaxwell, and Anthony Ciminello
Fall 2013 Smartphone App Project
Concept Stage
12-11-2013
What is “GLAB”?
• The Green Living Advisory Board of the City of Boca Raton
• Appointed by the City in 2009 to pursue the implementation of sustainable
development principles
• GLAB does not make or enforce city policies, but rather encourages citizen
awareness and adoption of sustainable development strategies through
efforts targeted at citizen involvement, education, and collaboration
• In charge of implementing a Green Neighborhood Certification Program
• The Board’s goal with this program is to increase residential participation
in sustainable or “green” living within the Boca community
Landscaping
Water Conservation/
Storm Water Reduction
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Composting
Litter Prevention
Organic Gardening
Renewable Energy /
Conservation
Transportation
8 Categories of Sustainability
• A scorecard for individual homes
• A scorecard for the homeowners’
associations (HOAs)
• Credits listed on the scorecard can
then be calculated and measured
on a “Shades of Green” scale.
• The higher the score, the darker
green level of certification the
home or neighborhood has
achieved.
Light Green Dark Green
What is the role of our App?
 Prototype is for residents of three Boca neighborhoods: Woodlet, Royal Oak Hill, and Vista Verde
 Contains 61 “yes” or “no” questions from the individual scorecard, broken out into separate screens for
each of the 8 categories
o Increases ease-of-use and decreases the perceived complexity and length of survey
o Users do not have to commit to answering all 61 questions at once
 Results are calculated and returned to the user immediately
 Explanations of key survey topics and terms are always accessible at the top of the app
o Can be accessed during the survey without losing your place or responses already completed
o Answers questions like “What is xeriscaping?” “What is Community Shared Agriculture and
where is that near me?”
o Aids consumer education of the sustainable strategies available to them locally
o Improves understanding of survey questions in order to improve data quality of results
 “Outside Resources” tool in the app connects users to detailed, credible Web sources for more info on
survey topics
o Boca Raton Municipal Codes, Florida-Friendly Fertilizing and Florida-Friendly Landscaping
publications from the Water Management District, Manuals on how to compost and use permeable
surfaces, among other topics
Purpose:
To develop an app capable of helping GLAB administer its Green Neighborhood Certification Program
Target Users:
GLAB, individual homeowners, and HOA representatives from Boca Raton neighborhoods
App Utility
• Results could be stored for use in future urban
sustainability analysis and to facilitate GLAB’s green
living community research
• Utility for individuals and HOAs
• Could be used to foster friendly neighborhood
competitions geared toward educating and increasing
sustainable actions
• Green score data can be used to support competitive
home prices and neighborhood attractiveness
AND NOW…
Demo Walk-through by Peter Killinger, Derick Maxwell,
and Anthony Ciminello
Movie Promo by Cynthia Gutierrez