Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) May 11, 2010
Today, Greenopia released a comprehensive environmental ranking of all 50 United States. The top 10 greenest states were, in order, Washington, Vermont, New York, Oregon, California, Nevada, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota, and New Hampshire.
“This was a tremendous undertaking because of the variety of ways a State can be evaluated environmentally,” said Gay Browne, Founder of Greenopia. “Not only are there many criteria that must be considered, but it is important to make sure that the data between states was collected using the same set of assumptions.”
Greenopia used a comprehensive set of criteria to determine the state ratings and rankings. Data was utilized from several government sources and NGOs such as the EPA, EIA, USGS, American Lung Association, LEED, and from individual state government pages. The criteria used to evaluate each state included its air quality, water quality, recycling rate, number of LEED buildings, number of green businesses, per capita water consumption, per capita energy consumption, per capita emissions, renewable energy generation, and how progressive its state legislature has been in adopting green measures.
“There were several surprising results,” said Doug Mazeffa, Research Director of Greenopia. “Some states really don’t get enough credit for what they are doing. Others aren’t doing even close to enough.”
On the negative end of the spectrum, the least green states were Louisiana, West Virginia and North Dakota.
Greenopia employs its award-winning eco-analysis method to deliver actionable green-assessments to the rapidly growing green consumer market. Green businesses and merchants use Greenopia's targeted marketing methods to effectively reach consumers making greener choices.
About Greenopia: The leading online directory for green, sustainable and socially conscious, daily purchase decisions. Greenopia provides the market's only independent rating and ranking of green services and products. Our rankings and ratings are based on our review of publicly available information and reflect our evaluation of such information. To find out more, please visit http://www.greenopia.com.