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Happy Earth Day! (Image: Paola Thomas / Seattle Refined)

Happy Earth Day! Washington is 4th 'Greenest' state in U.S.

Let me first start out by saying, Happy Earth Day! Namaste to you, to you, and you.

With that, Wallethub procured the list of the greenest states in our beloved country and Washington scored high at the #4 spot! In order to put this list together, they looked at 20 key metrics that speak to the current health of the environment and the environmental impacts of residents’ daily habits.

It’s not a surprise that Washington scores high, as I think most Washingtonians are pretty environmentally conscious and a lot of infrastructure has been put in place to further our 'greenness'.

Greenness of Washington (1=Greenest, 25=Average)

  • 27th – Air Quality
  • 1st – Soil Quality
  • 2nd – Water Quality
  • 7th – % of Recycled Municipal Solid Waste
  • 11th – LEED-Certified Buildings per Capita
  • 1st – % of Energy Consumption from Renewable Sources
  • 19th – Energy Consumption per Capita
  • 10th – Gasoline Consumption (in Gallons) per Capita

And in case you're curious as to who beat us (and who we beat), here is the full Top 10:

  1. Vermont
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Oregon
  4. Washington
  5. Connecticut
  6. Maine
  7. Minnesota
  8. New York
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Rhode Island

Aaaand if you're like me, you're probably curious about who scored the least:

41. Arkansas
42. Kansas
43. Kentucky
44. Nebraska
45. Louisiana
46. Oklahoma
47. North Dakota
48. West Virginia
49. Montana
50. Wyoming

Get on with ya bad self, Washington! And again, Happy Earth Day. Go and recycle something today.


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