Wash. Earns Greenest State Title, La. Hits Bottom of New Rankings

Wash. Earns Greenest State Title, La. Hits Bottom of New Rankings

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Washington, Vermont and New York are the greenest states in the U.S. while Louisiana, West Virginia and North Dakota have the worst environmental performance, according to new rankings.

Greenopia, which has also ranked airlines, drinks, televisions, pet food and fast food restaurants, gathered data from the states themselves and from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, American Lung Association and U.S. Green Building Council.

States were evaluated based on their per capita greenhouse gas emissions, per capita energy and water consumption, air and water quality, recycling rate, renewable energy generation, number of LEED certified buildings, number of green businesses and how progressive their legislatures have been on adopting green measures.
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Geenopia includes a brief list of the positives and negatives for each state, although the descriptions are quite light on details, with only specific figures given for the state recycling rates.

The full rankings are:

1. Washington
2. Vermont
3. New York
4. Oregon
5. California
6. Nevada
7. Maine
8. Colorado
9. Minnesota
10. New Hampshire
11. Massachusetts
12. Maryland
13. Arizona
14. South Dakota
15. Hawaii
16. Florida
17. Pennsylvania
18. Illinois
19. Connecticut
20. Georgia
21. Virgina
22. Rhode Island
23. North Carolina
24. Michigan
25. Missouri
26. Iowa
27. Tennessee
28. Wisconsin
29. Arkansas
30. New Jersey
31. Idaho
32. South Carolina
33. Nebraska
34. Oklahoma
35. Ohio
36. Texas
37. Utah
38. New Mexico
39. Kentucky
40. Kansas
41. Mississippi
42. Montana
43. Alaska
44. Alabama
45. Indiana
46. Delaware
47. Wyoming
48. North Dakota
49. West Virginia
50. Louisiana

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