Defining Green: Oregon and Washington!

Hey all!

Today, I have decided to head a little north before heading eastward. The two connected states north of California are Oregon and Washington. I think that the best way to begin this article is by introducing some interesting facts from each state!

United States
 United States

Oregon: Oregon is known as the Beaver State. The main reason that it has this nickname is because of the beavers’ furs, which were used to make clothing, specifically hats. In addition to being known as the Beaver State, Oregon’s state animal is the beaver and they have one printed onto their flag. If you ever have the chance to go to Oregon, make sure you check out the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve! The caves are actually made out of marble, which is quite different than most other caves in the world. Furthermore, there are animal and plant species present in this park that are found no where else in the world due to the natural environmental conditions within and surrounding the park!

Beaver Flag
   Beaver Flag

Oregon’s Statistics: 

  • Mass Transit: 16
  • Renewables: 5
  • Recycling: 4
  • Water Quality: 30
  • Air Quality: 33
  • Gas Consumption: 9
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 14
  • Overall: 5

Washington: Washington is known as the Evergreen State. This nickname is pretty self-explanatory due to its abundance of evergreen trees! Since we were on the topic of caves, definitely check out Ice Caves State Park in Washington if you ever get the chance!Evergreen State

Washington’s Statistics: 

  • Mass Transit: 35
  • Renewables: 8
  • Recycling: 40
  • Water Quality: 31
  • Air Quality: 44
  • Gas Consumption: 35
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 37
  • Overall: 2

Once again, statistics are derived from CNN, along with the definitions below!

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://www.stateparks.com/ice_caves_state_park_in_washington.html

http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/Washington/NicknameWashington.html

http://geology.com/world/the-united-states-of-america-satellite-image.shtml

Stay Environmental Friendly!

Jacob

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