Ahead of Earth Day, Minnesota Named 6th Greenest State in US

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April 20, 2018 03:47 PM

Minnesota cracked the top 10 states in the country on a recent report about the most environmental friendly states.

WalletHub's report ranks the most environmentally friendly due to the upcoming celebration of Earth Day, which is Sunday.


The ranking was based off of the states' energy-efficiency score, carbon-dioxide emissions, total municipal solid wast per capita among other factors.

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In the end, the report concluded that Vermont was the most environmentally friendly state in the U.S while West Virginia was ranked last.

Top Five States

  1. Vermont
  2. Oregon
  3. Massachusetts
  4. New York
  5. South Dakota

Worst Five States

  • Alabama- 46th
  • North Dakota- 47th
  • Kentucky- 48th
  • Louisiana- 49th
  • West Virginia- 50th

Minnesota was ranked as the sixth environmentally friendly state.

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The results are below:

Greenness of Minnesota (1=Greenest, 25=Avg.):

  • 20th – Air Quality
  • 1st – Soil Quality
  • 1st – Water Quality
  • 2nd – % of Recycled Municipal Solid Waste
  • 25th – LEED-Certified Buildings per Capita
  • 12th – % of Renewable Energy Consumption
  • 30th – Energy Consumption per Capita
  • 24th – Gasoline Consumption (in Gallons) per Capita

Source: WalletHub

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