This morning, Ryan Mark and I launched enviroVOTE!
Conceived last Monday, and built in a three-day coding sprint that ended in the wee hours this morning, the site tracks the environmental impact of the elections by comparing winning candidates with environmentally-friendly endorsements.
Amy Gahran got the scoop with her E-Media Tidbits post:
The site’s home page features a meter bar currently set to zero. That will change as election results come in tonight. You can also view races by state, with links to specific eco-group endorsements given to specific candidates. …
But the analysis goes deeper than that. Below the meter bar is a percentage figure. That’s where Envirovote gauges the level of enviromintiness of the 2008 elections. Boyer defines enviromintiness as “The freshness of the breath of the nation. Technically, this is the percent change in the eco-friendliness of this year’s elections compared to the last applicable elections for the same seats.”
We calculate the eco-friendliness of a candidate based on how many environmental endorsements they’ve received compared to their race-mates. Most of the endorsement data, as well as candidate and race information was lovingly sucked through the tubes from Project Vote Smart. Other data was pulled from Wikipedia and the environmental groups’ websites.
The awesomeness to come
The enviro-meter hasn’t moved yet, but very soon it’ll show the environmental impact of today’s election. We’ll post the results as they come in tonight, and if America made environminty choices, those bars are gonna start turning green!
So, what are you waiting for?
Check out enviroVOTE tonight, as the polls come in! And for the play-by-play, follow us on Twitter!