It Ain't Easy Being Green

Texas is the least green state in the nation, ranks last for air quality

Texas is the least green state in the nation

Wind turbine in the sky
Texas is seventh in the nation in renewable energy but dead last overall in greenness.  Courtesy photo

Texas is known for its friendliness to small businesses and families, but according to a new study, we have nothing to brag about when it comes to being green. A study by Master's of Public Health examines states’ production and consumption of things like mass transit, water quality and CO2 emissions. Texas ranks 51 out of all states and Washington, D.C. 

Yep. Dead last.

The interactive graph culled information from, as well as state energy, waste, transportation and environmental management agencies over seven categories.

What sunk Texas to last place? Well, pretty much everything. We rank last in air quality and CO2 emissions. We’re No. 44 in residents per method of mass transit, in which rail is weighted higher.

Our per capita gasoline consumption in gallons was good for the No. 36 slot, with 532.7 gallons consumed. Meanwhile, we recycle a little more than 9 percent of all waste, which puts us at No. 39 in the country. No. 1 California recycles 68 percent of its waste.

A couple of bright spots are renewable energy (No. 7) and water quality (No. 15), but those weren't enough to knock Maryland out of its No. 50 spot.

Kansas was rated the greenest state, thanks to strong renewable energy. Washington and California take the next two spots, while Mississippi is the third worst. Colorado and Pennsylvania are perfectly average at 25 and 26. 

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