Earth Day is right around the corner! So, we're rounding down the most (and least) eco-friendly states of 2018.
A new list published by WalletHub ranks all 50 states based on everything from LEED-certified buildings per capita to share of energy consumption from renewable resources.
These are the top 10 most green states:
- New York
- South Dakota
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
The are the bottom 10 least green states:
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
The study also found that blue states are more eco-friendly than red states.
WalletHub points out in their story that money is spent often to support environmental security. 17 storms have caused an estimated $200 billion in property damage, according to National Geographic.
Experts tell WalletHub that the increase in hurricanes is related to unusually warm Atlantic waters. The company suggests, "it’s possible that living more sustainably and using greener energy sources could prevent us from having quite as bad hurricane seasons in the future."
WalletHub also measured states with the highest and lowest air quality, water quality, soil quality, renewable energy consumption, energy consumption as a whole, gasoline consumption, recycled municipal solid waste among other things.