Wyoming ranks poorly in list of ‘greenest’ states

WYOMING – With Earth Day around the corner (April 22), WalletHub yesterday released its report on 2018’s Greenest States.

Wyoming is heavily dependent on fossil fuels, especially coal, so the Cowboy State does not come out looking too good when compared to other states. But here in Teton County there is a full-scale effort to be and live ‘green.’

In order to showcase the states doing right by Mother Earth, WalletHub compared the 50 states in terms of 23 key metrics that speak to the current health of the environment and residents’ environmental-friendliness. The data set ranges from total municipal solid waste per capita to energy-efficiency score to carbon-dioxide emissions per capita.

Wyoming placed 45thoverall despite ranking No. 1 in Highest Air Quality. Our soil quality was quite low, however, as was Energy Consumption per Capita.

Greenness of Wyoming (1=Greenest, 25=Avg.):

  • 47th– Soil Quality
  • 23rd– Water Quality
  • 43rd– % of Recycled Municipal Solid Waste
  • 17th– LEED-Certified Buildings per Capita
  • 24th– % of Renewable Energy Consumption
  • 47th– Energy Consumption per Capita
  • 49th– Gasoline Consumption (in Gallons) per Capita


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