New York named second “greenest” state in the country


A new study from WalletHub found that New York is the second “greenest” state in the country leading into Earth Day.

The study evaluated environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors, and climate change contributions. Those areas included soil, water, and air quality, energy consumption, and various emissions per capita.

New York scored third in environmental quality and climate change contributions and eighth in eco-friendly behaviors. 

The study found that New York has the lowest gasoline consumption (in gallons) per capita.

The Empire State did not rank in the top or bottom five in quality of air, water, or soil, LED-certified buildings, energy consumption from renewable resources, or municipal waste.

Pennsylvania finished in the middle of the pack overall at 24 and was rated as having the second-worst air quality in the country, tied with Arizona and ahead of California for the worst.

Where Pennsylvania scored best was in gasoline consumption (in gallons) per capita with the fifth-lowest in the country.

The study also found that states that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidental Election were greener than those states that voted for Donald Trump.

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