WalletHub has compiled a ranking of the greenest states and residents of Vermont will be glad to learn that they are number one, followed by Massachusetts and Oregon.
The personal finance site looked at factors like LEED-certified buildings per capita and carbon dioxide emissions to compile its rankings. WalletHub analysts also uncovered some interesting statistics, including:
Maine has the highest share of recycled municipal solid waste, 48 percent, which is 48 times higher than in Louisiana, the state with the lowest at 1 percent.
Oregon has the highest share of energy consumption from renewable sources, 49.26 percent, which is 17.1 times higher than in Delaware, the state with the lowest at 2.88 percent.
Wyoming is the least green state, placing dead last. West Virginia (48th) and Montana (49th) also skimmed the bottom the list, though it should be noted that Montana ranked fairly high in air quality and renewable energy and Wyoming has the best air quality.
Folks who notice all those LEED placards on buildings as walk around New York City and San Francisco may be shocked to learn that New Mexico, Hawaii and Texas have the most LEED-certified buildings per capita.
How does your state rate? Check out WalletHub’s report here.
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