Mother Earth has plenty of reasons to smile when thinking about Oregonians.
According to a new study, Oregon is the third most green state in the United States.
The study by personal finance website Wallet Hub used 27 different metrics to measure the health of our environment and residents' propensity to preserve nature.
Here are the key statistics:
• Oregon ranks first among all U.S. states for renewable energy consumption
• Oregon ranks eighth for LEED-certified buildings per capita — and earned the No. 8 spot for gasoline consumption in gallons per capita and percentage of recycled municipal solid waste as well
• Oregon ranks seventh for soil quality, but earned a middle-of-the-pack score for air quality: 27th
The greenest state in 2019 is Vermont, followed by New York State. The least green state is Louisiana, according to Wallet Hub.
Experts like Helene Gardner, a lecturer at the University of California, argues the trade-off between protecting nature and spurring economic growth is a "false dichotomy."
"The alleged burdensome economic costs of environmental friendliness have been easy to calculate because we can see the invoices for the scrubbers, the double hulls, and the catalytic converters," she wrote. "It is much more difficult to calculate the cost of the loss of pristine lakes in wilderness areas to acid precipitation, fouled beaches and marine life, and childhood asthma."
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