How Green is Your Home State? Greenopia Releases 2011 State Sustainability Rankings

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Today Greenopia released the 2011 version of its comprehensive environmental ranking of all 50 United States. The top 10 greenest states were, in order, Vermont, New York, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, California, Nevada, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.

This year, Vermont was our overall top performer

Today, Greenopia released the 2011 version of its comprehensive environmental ranking of all 50 United States. The top 10 greenest states were, in order, Vermont, New York, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, California, Nevada, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.

”This year, Vermont was our overall top performer,” said Gay Browne, Founder of Greenopia. “The citizens of Vermont were amongst the most resource efficient in the nation. Sustainability on such an individual level no doubt creates a virtuous circle that leads to an overall greener community.”

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, Biocycle, and from individual state government sources.

The criteria used to evaluate each state included its air quality, water quality, recycling rate, number of LEED buildings, green business density, per capita water consumption, per capita energy consumption, per capita emissions, per capita waste generation, and several renewable energy statistics. Greenopia also controlled for differences in climate and population between the states to ensure a geographically unbiased analysis.

The state to improve the most in the 2011 guide was Idaho, jumping 16 spots from 2010, into 15th overall. The state to fall the most in the rankings was Pennsylvania, dropping 14 places into 31st overall.

“This year’s guide had some interesting results,” said Doug Mazeffa, Research Director of Greenopia. “Consumers may not expect states like Nevada, South Dakota, and Arizona to perform well, but it turns out there are some major environmental positives to these states and the lifestyle habits of their residents.”

On the negative end of the spectrum, the lowest performing states were Indiana, Louisiana, and West Virginia, who came in dead last.

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.

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