These are the seven greenest states in the United States – and the seven least green

What is the Greenest State in the United States? A study found that Vermont was the greenest of 2022 after ranking all 50 states from the greenest to the least green. WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared states’ environmental quality, environmentally friendly behavior, and contributions to climate change (greenhouse gas emissions).

Greenest states:

  1. Vermont
  2. New York
  3. Hawaii
  4. Maryland
  5. California
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Minnesota

“Eco-friendliness and personal finances are linked,” the WalletHub editor-in-chief said in the report, explaining that every person through consumption choices as an impact on the environment. “We spend money through our own spending and taxes to support environmental security.”


Vermont ranked # 1 for eco-friendly behavior as certified organic farms per. per capita (this was weighted twice other considerations), LEED-certified (green) buildings per. per capita, alternative fuel vehicles per per capita and average commuting time by car.

The study ranked Green Mountain State # 2 for environmental quality. This measured air, water and soil quality along with energy efficiency.

New York:

New York ranked # 3 for environmental quality and top 10 in both environmentally friendly behavior and lowest contribution to climate change. WalletHub measured carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions per capita to measure climate change contributions.

Empire State came in fifth place for highest soil quality, third place for lowest energy consumption per capita. per capita and the state with the lowest fuel consumption per capita. inhabitant.


Hawaii topped the list for environmental quality. It came in second place for air quality, in first place for water quality and soil quality and came in second place for the lowest fuel consumption per capita.


Maryland scored the top 10 in all three metrics. It tied for top water quality and came in second place for most LEED-certified buildings per. inhabitant.

Golden State came in # 3 for environmentally friendly behavior. California shared for highest water quality, but came last in air quality. It is in second place for the lowest energy consumption per.


Massachusetts in first place for highest water quality came in third place for green buildings per capita. per capita and topped the list of least contributing to climate change.


Minnesota ranks first in soil quality.

“There are a lot of states out there that are actually doing pretty well. And then there are some states in there that have room for improvement,” Ashlee Piper, sustainability expert for FOX Weather on Sunday. “I just want to emphasize that this is a particular study … So if your state is not necessarily there, I would not say there is not plenty of room for improvement for everyone. “

Which states came out at the bottom of the survey?

Least green indicates:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. Alabama
  5. North Dakota
  6. Kentucky
  7. Wyoming

There were some surprises, said Piper, who has more to do with how the scores were set up.

“A state, for example, like North Dakota, which has really pristine air quality, actually ranks surprisingly high on the list. [for air quality]said Piper. “Even though it does not have a significantly large population and it does not have things like bike paths or large cities where people have a few more options to navigate on foot.”

West Virginia topped the states for contributions to climate change and came in # 48 for both environmental quality and environmentally friendly behavior. It was last in water quality and was last in green buildings per. inhabitant.

Louisiana was last for environmentally friendly behavior and top three for contributing to climate change. Pelican State came in 49th place for green buildings and had the lowest percentage of renewable energy consumption. It was tied to highest energy consumption.

Mississippi scored last in environmental quality, 49th in environmentally friendly behavior, tied last in water quality and topped the list of gasoline consumption per capita. inhabitant.

Alabama was the second highest gas consumer per capita. per capita and 46th worst in green buildings.

North Dakota was in the middle of the pack for environmental quality and environmentally friendly behavior. It even got a fourth place for air quality. But the state had the third highest gas consumption per capita. per capita and tied to the highest energy consumption per. inhabitant.

Kentucky scored in the last five for both environmentally friendly behavior and contributions to climate change. But it was the first thing in water quality.

Wyoming had the best air quality, but lost points to get into the top four for gas consumption, tied for highest energy consumption per capita. per capita and came in 48th place for soil quality.

How can states improve their overall score?

“I think the biggest thing that states can adopt politically is really to diversify their energy portfolio in order to move towards decarbonization and less reliance on that kind of usual suspicious fossil fuels,” Piper said. “… So meaningful investments in renewable and clean energy infrastructure and jobs, transition from fossil fuels kind of traditional jobs in a meaningful and supportive way to these more renewable resources.”

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