Earth Day

Colorado has a reputation for making the most of the great outdoors, but a new study of “green states” ranks it right in the middle of the pack.

Finance website WalletHub released its 2019’s Greenest States report in advance of Earth Day (April 22) “to showcase the states doing right by Mother Earth.”

Colorado ranked 21st.

Vermont, New York and Oregon were rated the nation’s greenest states, while Kentucky, West Virginia and Louisiana were at the bottom of the list.

WalletHub compared the 50 states across 27 key metrics that measure the current health of the environment and residents’ environmental-friendliness. The data set includes total municipal solid waste per capita, energy-efficiency score, carbon dioxide emissions per capita, gasoline consumption, and percentage of energy consumption from renewable resources, among others.

While Colorado’s overall ranking was unimpressive, the state did top the list for most LEED-certified buildings per capita and came in 5th for highest water quality.

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Colorado ranked ahead of its neighboring states, with Utah 31st, New Mexico 34th, Nebraska 36th, Kansas 37th and Wyoming 47th.

Maine has the highest share of recycled municipal solid waste (48 percent); Oregon has the highest share of energy consumption from renewable sources (47.69 percent); and New York has the highest share of people who do not drive to work (45.90 percent).

“Eco-friendliness and personal finance are related,” WalletHub researchers stated in an Apr. 15 news release. “Our environmental and financial needs are the same in many areas: providing ourselves with sustainable, clean drinking water and food, for example. We also spend money through our own consumption and taxes in support of environmental security.”

See the full report here: