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Green Study Released Ranks 2016’s Best & Worst States

 

Green Study Released Ranks 2016’s Best & Worst States

by Amy Lignor

 

The experts are back! Yes, the latest when it comes to the best and worst in various categories of “green living” has been released, with some states coming in far higher on the “worst” list than many could have possibly imagined.

 

Greenest States of 2016, eco-friendliness, Conservation projects, reduce strain on the environmentOn Tuesday, the list of the “Greenest States of 2016” was released, with the great state of Montana ranking 48th out of 50, and Wyoming coming in dead last. An odd couple, when you consider the cities that most people believe pull their entire state down to the bottom because of their inability to “green” up the environment. But when looking at the results in the individual categories, even more surprises can be found.

 

Seventeen key categories that looked at the overall health of each state’s current environment, as well as the environmental impact of people’s daily habits who live there, caused the states of Vermont, Washington and Massachusetts to take the top three “best” overall spots.

 

Yes, money is a factor. When scoring states for their eco-friendliness, personal finances/wealth played a major part in what states came in “greener and cleaner.” Everything from sustainable, clean drinking water to nutritious sustenance scored higher in states where household incomes were higher, and where the governments were in full support of environmental security and “green” projects.

 

But all cities and states must work harder to save this world for future generations – that is a fact everyone knows, yet is not always believed. Each individual state’s eco-friendly policies must be looked at, with some states needing major changes to begin ASAP. It is important to note that some have shown their ability to work with communities to establish environmental policies that are extremely positive. One instance can be found in Newark, New Jersey. It was there that an environmental commission was established to address the needs of the state and develop new policies and projects to make New Jersey a cleaner, greener place to live.

 

Before instituting policies, however, each state must ascertain its greatest risks, and the areas they fall short in when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Risks must be looked at, from the amount of lead in the water system to the lack of healthy food markets. Once the risks are seen and understood, only then can policies be put in place to remedy the faults. And the only combination in order to carry out these policies is the government working side by side with their communities.

 

Many still believe, even after all the research has been done, that you can’t protect the environment and promote economic growth at the same time. The figures in this latest study show that belief to be utterly false: it is definitely possible to have both in all states. We may be on the verge of transitioning to energy efficient means worldwide. Alternative energy like solar, wind or geothermal will one day be mainstream, affordable and effective but it will also be profitable and accepted in all public policies.

 

It is not a stretch nor a “wish” that electric cars will go from being the “remote” choice to the correct one. Saving ecosystems will be a number one priority for all governments in all states, and public education will be at the forefront making sure the next generation learns from the mistakes made in the past.

 

Once reading through the data that was put together (https://wallethub.com/edu/greenest-states/11987/) Americans will better understand that a high priority in this country should be valuing our environment. Conservation projects should be set in place reducing our strain on the environment, and give all those who come after us the chance to enjoy a country that is as green as it can be.

Source:  Baret News

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