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Greenest State in the US Has Been Selected

Greenest State in the US Has Been Selected

WalletHub, a financial advising website, released a report ranking all 50 US states on how green they are. The states were ranked on 25 metrics and three categories: eco-friendly behaviors, environmental quality, and climate-change contributions.

According to EcoWatch, WalletHub’s report judged environmental quality based on air, water, soil quality, and energy efficiency. Eco-friendly behaviors included energy and gasoline consumption per capita. Climate change contributions included carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide emissions per capita. 

The report announced Vermont as the greenest state in the US. New York took second place, and Hawaii is the third. On the other end of the scale, West Virginia was last, preceded by Louisiana and Mississippi. 

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“The nation’s most environmentally-friendly states are similar to the states selected by WalletHub in 2021, as U.S. News and World Report said at the time. Vermont and New York remained in the No. 1 and 2 slots. However, Massachusetts was third. Washington and Oregon appeared in the top ten last year, but were swapped out with Maine and South Dakota this year.”

WalletHub’s report also ranked states on individual metrics. They found Wyoming has the best air quality, Oregon and Maine have the highest renewable energy consumption, and New York has the lowest gasoline consumption. On the other hand, California has the worst air quality, and Delaware has the lowest renewable energy consumption. 

WalletHub says that financial and ecological health can go hand in hand and that we should invest in green living.

Marina is passionate about sustainability and works to help ensure our planet stays as our home for a long time. She takes part in environmental conservation by recycling and not buying single-use plastic. When not writing, she can be found with her nose stuck in a book or trying out new baking recipes.


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