Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. With that in mind, WalletHub recently released it’s data on the country’s most eco-friendly states, and there’s good news, my fellow New Englanders. We are doing a pretty good job at being environmentally aware, active and friendly, compared to the rest of the country. In fact. 4 New England States are 2023’s top 10 greenest! See which is #1 below. And get the full list of all the states here.
Only New Hampshire and Rhode Island are just outside of the top 10. New Hampshire ranked at #12, while Rhode Island came in at #16. Still, very respectible showings. But clearly, there is much work to be done.
How did WalletHub come up with the data? According to their website: In order to determine the greenest states, WalletHub compared the 50 states across three key dimensions: 1) Environmental Quality, 2) Eco-Friendly Behaviors and 3) Climate-Change Contributions.”
They assessed the dimensions using 25 measurements: 35 points for environmental quality, 35 for eco-friendly behaviors and 30 points for climate change contributions. Each benchmark was graded on a scale of 100 points. A score of 100 = the highest level of eco-friendlines.
Here are the top 10 greenest states in the U.S. according to the above criteria from WalletHub.