Oroeco (via treehugger) is an app that lets you monitor your carbon footprint in a new way. Using software from budgeting tool Mint.com, it allows consumers to track the impact of their lifestyles on the environment.
To do that, Oroeco uses life-cycle assessment (LCA) data–primarily from UC Berkeley’s CoolClimate Network and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency–to measure the potential impact of different products and services. This is used to calculate a carbon-dioxide emissions equivalent (CO2e) for a given financial transaction.
In addition for getting called out for avoiding public transit, users can get badges for eco-friendly behavior like recycling, eating vegetarian, and driving efficiently. It’s also possible to purchase carbon offsets to achieve a certain target, and the app includes tips for reducing your carbon footprint.
The app also allows users to track their progress over time, and compare results with friends via social media.
The app is currently in beta, bu developers hope to launch a mobile version soon.