Often the butt of jokes when it comes to the environment, New Jersey has been ranked the 12th greenest state in the most recent WalletHub study. The study looked at 20 metrics to make this determination, ranging from soil, air, and water quality; energy efficiency; energy, water, and gas consumption; solar capacity; number of alternative-fuel vehicles; recycling; carbon dioxide emissions; and methane emissions.
New Jersey performed best, ranking 7th, for “climate change contributions,” which looked at things like greenhouse-gas emissions. It also did well when considering “eco-friendly behaviors,” ranking 13. This category looked at things like green buildings, solar capacity, energy and water consumption, and recycling. Less heartening was its 33rd place in environmental quality. Those are the metrics that look at such conditions as air and water quality and energy efficiency.
Vermont was ranked first in this study, topping the leaderboard for environmental quality and coming in second for eco-friendly behaviors.