In 2011, Terra Verde Environmental Consulting worked with Kristen Hazard, a principal at the company, to build an environmental compliance reporting app for the powerhouse utility PG&E. The utility needed to comply with environmental regulations while building the infrastructure to accept power from the two huge solar projects in the Carrizo Plains. The app was so valuable to PG&E it started using it on all large construction projects. Over the last five years, PG&E has utilized the app to submit over 50,000 reports and upload over 300,000 photos from more than 600 users from 30 companies. PG&E continues to use the application to meet its compliance reporting needs.
Kristen moved on to start Suntoucher Software, where she continued to work with PG&E on environmental compliance. While supporting the users of that application, she built her knowledge base regarding the needs of data collectors and data managers in the environmental compliance world, which led to the creation of Wildnote.
The ongoing relationships with PG&E and Terra Verde Environmental Consulting speaks to the quality work and commitment to excellence of Kristen Hazard and her team at Suntoucher Software. The work they have done in the last three years to create an efficient mobile app for the environmental-services community speaks to Kristen’s problem solving ability and vision as well.
First, she defined the problem – collecting data with pen and paper, transcribing field notes in the office, and then creating forms for compliance reporting was inefficient, error prone, and tedious. As well, she noted the broad-based, data-collection apps on the market lacked the specific features needed for environmental-data collectors and project managers to truly create efficiencies in the field and office. Her solution? An app that eliminated unnecessary steps, created input and output efficiencies, and streamlined the process to reduce tedium and frustration.
Wildnote is that app, and it fulfills her vision of creating an app that creates efficiencies in the process of collecting, managing, and reporting environmental data. It is a valuable tool for the environmental-services community, as it saves time, effort, frustration, and money when complying with highly specific and detailed environmental regulations; protecting, preserving, or restoring habitat, or when monitoring the environment to make sure it remains within defined parameters that keep it safe for all our communities.
Kristen and her team took three years to design and build Wildnote because they wanted a mobile app that did more than just simplify the process of environmental compliance; they wanted a flexible, feature-rich app that would meet the specific needs of the environmental-services community, an app that would set the bar higher for environmental-data collection, management, and reporting apps.
Wildnote sets the bar higher with customizable survey templates and built-in features that make life easier for the environmental-data collector and the admin personnel that sort, collate, and export the data. It reduces workloads, eliminates data-duplication errors, relieves tedium, and allows for easy export of data into specific formats for distribution to clients, regulatory agencies, or storage on in-house servers. Wildnote does all this and more…