Defining Green: North Dakota & A Little Dash of St. Patrick’s Day

Time to head a little more eastward! This time we have reached North Dakota! To start, we have to find out the state’s nickname! The illustrious nickname of North Dakota is the Peace Garden State. Some extremely fascinating places to visit in North Dakota are the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Maah Daah Hey Trail, and the National Buffalo Museum. If you’re ever in North Dakota, try to take some time to visit these alluring places!

Back to the main part of the blog! Statistics! Again, these are derived from CNN.

  • Mass Transit: 11
  • Renewables: 31Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Recycling: 49
  • Water Quality: 20
  • Air Quality: 9
  • Gas Consumption: 44
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 16
  • Overall: 27

Also, Happy Saint Patrick’s day! Even though dyeing the Chicago river doesn’t sound entirely environmentally friendly, it actually is! It was originally dyed with a fluorescent dye that would indicate if illegal sewage dumping was present in the river. However, after the illegal sewage dumping died down, the city began to use a 350px-Green_Chicago_River_on_Saint_Patricks_Day_2009harmless dye that currently produces the green tint to the river that we see today!

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)


How green is your state?

Stay Environmentally Friendly,



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