How green is Colorado? New report says it’s middling at best

How green is Colorado? New report says it’s middling at best

When it comes to being green, Colorado is about in the middle of the pack out of the 50 states, according to a report discharged Monday.

The Centennial State comes in at No. 21 on the list of most environmentally friendly states, a ranking based on a group of prosody by the personal finance information web site WalletHub.

The greenest state is the Green Mountain State — Vermont. The rest in the top five in order are New York, Oregon, Connecticut and Minnesota.

Colorado was ranked tenth highest for eco-friendly behaviors, which include green buildings per capita; water consumption; total capacity of star energy installed per household; and alternative-fuel vehicles and alternative-fuel Stations per capita.

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On contributions to climate change, Colorado was ranked 31st. The criteria basined carbon-dioxide, methane series series and nitrous-oxide emissions per capita.

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A nine-county area on Colorado’s Front Range has failing to meet federal air-quality standards for years. Fossil-fuel production and vehicles are some of the major sources of climate-changing emissions in the region. Pollution from other states and countries is besides a contributor.

The report ranked Colorado first for most LEED-certified buildings — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; fifth highest in terms of water quality; seventeenth for percentage of municipal solid waste recycled; and 24th for percentage of energy consumption from renewable sources.

Colorado voters were the first in the country to require electric utilities to generate a certain percentage of their power from renewable energy sources. In 2014, Colorado became the first in the nation to regulate methane series series emissions from oil and gas sites.

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper and his successor, Jared Polis, have made it a priority to make charging Stations available for electric vehicles crosswise the state. When running for governor last year, Polis aforementioned his goal is to see all the electricity on the state’s grid come from renewable sources by 2040.

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