Defining Green!

Hey all!

Defining Greenness…

In my opinion, it is practically impossible for “green” to have one set specific environmental definition. Green can be defined in various ways, such as: most recycling, best air quality, best water quality, and even lowest carbon dioxide emissions. So, an idea appeared in my head, and I was thinking of discussing some of the U.S. states based on these attributes. Starting with the West Coast and heading Eastward! Today, I’ll start with California, and each Wednesday I’ll continue by posting another state! Additionally, I’ll try to provide interesting facts and attractions of each state! Definitely check them out if you can!

USA
United States!

California: Also known as the Golden State!

Wonders of Cali!

California has so many attractions to explore; however, to stick with the environmental theme :), I’ll focus on one that I’ve been to! If you ever have the chance to go to California, please check out the Redwood National Park. It is one of the most beautiful and serene places that I’ve ever been too. It puts your mind in a state of tranquility and ecstasy. Being surrounded by nothing but grand trees and nature at its finest.

Redwood National Park
      Redwood National Park

Now, some statistics regarding California. On a scale of “greenness” (1 being the best, 51 being the worst), California actually ranks fairly well. These statistics are from CNN.

  • Air Quality: 25
  • Mass Transit: 14
  • Gas: 8
  • Renewables: 3
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 50
  • Recycling: 1
  • Water Quality: 3

Overall, California is ranked at 3, which is quite phenomenal for such a large state. Additionally, I’ll post definitions each week of the following attributes. (Also obtained from CNN.)

Definitions via CNN:

Mass Transit: “Residents per method of mass transit”

Renewable Energy: “Renewable Energy in billions of BTUs”

Recycling: “Percentage of waste recycled”

Water Quality: “Percentage of surface waters with impaired or threatened uses”

Air Quality: “Pounds of carcinogens released to air”

Gasoline Consumption: “Per capita gasoline use in gallons” (Note: Lower number means less gasoline used, higher number means more gas consumed)

Carbon Dioxide Emissions: “Annual Carbon Dioxide Emissions in metric tons” (Note: Lower number means less carbon dioxide emissions, higher number means more carbon dioxide emissions)

References:

How green is your state?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redwood_National_and_State_Parks

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States

http://www.speechbuddy.com/blog/financial-resources/state-resources/resources-in-california-for-speech-disorders-in-children/

Stay Environmental Friendly!

~Jacob

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