Just in time for Earth Day, WalletHub has released a culmination of information dubbing the most eco-friendly, environmentally-conscious, and most efforted states for climate-change contributions in the nation.

The state that did the best was our New England neighbor Vermont. Massachusetts also ranked well on the list, too. Maine, too, made the list as one of the greenest states in the nation.

Overall, Maine's scores ranked respectably well for a state that markets itself as a nature lover's paradise.

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Maine is in the top 10 of 2022's Greenest States

Overall, Maine ranked #10 in the nation for most environmentally friendly in the United States. This puts together scores from three categories compiled for this survey which include environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors, and climate-change contributions.

Here's the top 10 including Maine at #10:

  1. Vermont
  2. New York
  3. Hawaii
  4. Maryland
  5. California
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Minnesota
  8. Connecticut
  9. South Dakota
  10. Maine

The states that ranked worst included West Virginia as worst in the nation, followed by Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Alabama.

Source: WalletHub

Maine ranks well in the details

Maine tied first with three other states for the highest percentage of renewable energy consumption. Maine tied first in this category with Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington state.

Maine's ranking with the individual categories shows that our state is very competitive with our environmental-friendliness. Maine's environmental quality ranked 10th highest in the nation and Maine's eco-friendly behaviors ranked 5th best in the nation. The one category that was surprisingly low was where Maine ranked for our climate change contributions, ranking 25th in the nation.

Additionally, details provided by Wallethub shared Maine's rankings in some more specific categories that made up these larger categories of 'Environmental-Friendliness', 'Eco-friendly Behavior', and 'Climate Change Contributions':

  • Maine ranked 6th in the nation for air quality
  • Maine ranked #1 for water quality
  • Maine ranked #19 for LEED-certified buildings per capita
  • Maine ranked #1 for percentage of renewable energy consumption
  • Maine ranked #21 for energy consumption per capita

See more about WalletHub's study on the Greenest States in the nation at WalletHub.com.

Explore the Ruins of a Historic Mansion in Acadia National Park

George B. Dorr spent much of his life creating, expanding and caring for Acadia National Park. That's why he's often referred to as the father of Acadia National Park. According to the National Park Service, the property known as the "Old Farm" was accepted by the park in 1941. On the property is the ruins of what was a 30-room summer "cottage," the remnants of a saltwater pool, and a small beach. It's just an easy walk through the woods away.

Top 10 Most Visited Maine State Parks in 2021

Here are the 10 most visited Maine state parks in 2021, according to the Maine Bureau of Parks and Land.

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