GGI Intern Receives Presidential Award for Waste Management App
Aryan Jain, Amador Valley High School student and intern for the Go Green Initiative, began working on his app Savr in 2021. Now, he is preparing to scale the app to make it accessible to any school district, anywhere.
In an effort to support his school district’s sustainable operations and compliance programs, Aryan Jain created an app that:
–Works seamlessly with Energy Star Portfolio Manager, a free tool from the EPA that’s used by organizations across the country to benchmark the utilities use and environmental impacts of their facilities—including Amador Valley High School in the Pleasanton Unified School District.
–Helps schools and individuals figure out how to properly dispose of their waste and provides metrics for the true amount of waste they are producing.
–Explain what waste goes in what bin for the thousands of items people throw away.
Jain discusses his passion behind the app, and shares that he developed Savr to,
“address these issues and provide some transparency through guiding users to throw away their waste in the correct bin and also tracking their waste to measure emissions.”
Savr’s first trial run began in his own High School, Amador Valley, and, “is currently being used to track waste across schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District, and will be expanding to other districts soon. I hope Savr will be used in every school across the nation, and it can become a go-to tool for people trying to live sustainably and measure their waste production.”
GGI is beyond proud of one of our own using their talent and passion to create such a helpful app. Jain states,
“the Go Green Initiative have been the best supporters of Savr that I could ask for, giving the app a runway to be used in PUSD schools and beyond. Mrs. Buck and Mrs. McGoff worked with me in planning the app and have lended their support and advice every step of the way.”
He was also honored with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award at the Pleasanton Unified School Board meeting on August 11, 2022. This prestigious volunteer award recognizes his development of Savr. GGI says Jain’s great service to his school district and community, “will provide school districts across the country a powerful and accessible tool to take control and accountability of their waste and greenhouse gas emissions.”
As for his future, Jain is preparing a demo for the EPA to show how his program integrates with their existing infrastructure and the use case for school districts.
“I want to continue working on developing sustainable and scalable solutions to global issues, and try to make a positive impact on our world.”