Earth Day 2016 – celebrated on April 22 – will be observed in communities throughout Connecticut this weekend, against the backdrop of a new state-by-state analysis that ranks Connecticut as the 7th “greenest” state in the nation. WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across three key dimensions: 1) Environmental Quality, 2) Eco-Friendly Behaviors and 3) Climate-Change Contributions, including 17 key metrics that “speak to the health of the current environment as well as the environmental impact of people’s daily habits.”
Topping the list were Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon, Minnesota, Maine, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire and New Jersey. The data set ranges from “Total Municipal Solid Waste per Capita” to “Energy Efficiency Score” to “Carbon Dioxide Emissions per Capita.”
Connecticut’s highest ranking in the individual categories was in Water Quality, where the state ranked first. Other top finished include Energy-Efficiency (6th), Carbon Dioxide Emissions per Capita (6th), and Gasoline Consumption per Capita (12th).
The state ranked in the middle-of-the-pack in Percent of the Population Not Driving to Work (22nd), Air Quality (24th) and Percentage of Recycled Municipal Solid Waste (25th).
In the three overall categories, Connecticut ranked 2nd in Climate Change Contributions, 5th in Environmental Quality, and 23rd in Eco-Friendly Behavior.
At the bottom of the WalletHub ranking were Oklahoma, Nebraska, West Virginia, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming.