Visualizing What’s Wasted

We would like you to create an engaging, high-impact data visualization to tell the story of the quantities of materials being wasted in the U.S. to support a zero waste future.  “Humans are consuming resources and producing waste at a greater scale than ever before” (UNEP). Over 166 million tons (~66%) of materials are wasted […]

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Honey, I’m home!

Honeybee colonies have experienced substantial losses attributed to a combination of factors including diseases, parasites, poor nutrition, reduced habitat, and pesticide exposure.  The magnitude of these losses on a national scale continue to exceed what beekeepers consider to be economically sustainable. In addition to declines in honey bee health, other iconic species including the monarch […]

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Climate Change Indicators Map Builder

Additional Code files: https://alm.cgifederal.com/scm/projects/EH/repos/leaflet-map-builder/browse Exit Problem: Developing a map builder for Leaflet Develop a map builder similar to http://d3-generator.com/ for the leaflet interactive maps JavaScript framework (http://leafletjs.com/) using the Climate Change Indicators Data. Challenge: Map builder with 4 primary components The map builder will have 4 primary components that includes a data editor, map configuration (with the options […]

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Tailored UV Index Forecast for Beaches

Problem: Promoting UV Awareness If you want to be a part of a successful federal government social media campaign, consider hacking EPA’s UV Index. The UV Index, a numeric index of the strength of cancer-causing UV rays from the sun, is a forecast produced by the National Weather Service. The forecast data are run through EPA’s […]

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Develop a Method to Compare Facility Data across Disparate EPA Datasets

Additional Source Code files: https://github.com/cman81/hackathon-geofence-server Exit Problem: Finding Matching Facilities across Datasets A better way to identify matching facilities across datasets is something that the EPA struggles with. Currently, a variety of conditions are appended to queries in order to attempt to prevent false positive matches Challenge: Improve facility matching Develop a prototype of a tool that […]

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Geofence Application to Improve Environmental Awareness

Problem: Awareness of Your Environment Many people often do not know of EPA-related projects or environmental features within their neighborhood, daily commute, or vicinity. Challenge: Create a Push Notification Mobile Application The challenge is to create an application that will enable people to be more aware of their environment. This application will empower the users […]

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Impact of Agriculture on Water Use

Determine how to help industry optimize water use and create low impact, and adhere to water conservation using some type of tool to deliver info of agriculture activities – i.e. hardware, software. Optimize use of non-potable water (water reuse) Develop a methodology for improving agricultural water use processes through monitoring of the irrigation processes. Incorporate […]

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Drought

Using different data layers to create an analytic tool that helps water utilities plan and make informed decision about drought concerns/issues. Use interactive visuals e.g interfacing with Zillow maps Issue a warning or send out advisory information on water conservation to communities that these water utilities serve. Tie in with demographic/population to visual # of […]

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Visualizing Nutrients

Design a compelling, innovative visualization that both (a) informs individuals and communities on one or more threats, causes, consequences of, facts about, or solutions to nutrient pollution and (b) inspires them to take action to reduce nutrient levels.

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Green Infrastructure Challenge

Develop an algorithm that detects the square footage of green roofs from a given satellite image. With this information, determine the density of green roofs for a given city. This information can then be used to suggest where implementing green roofs would be most effective.

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