Defining Green: South Dakota

Now it’s time to go a little southward! Last week we visited North Dakota, so now it’s time to take a trip to South Dakota! The state’s nickname is the Mount Rushmore State! Furthermore, there are many places to visit in South Dakota!rushmore

One of the most well-known attractions is Mount Rushmore. However, there are others like Badlands National Park, which is an amazing refuge for wildlife! The land is undisturbed from anthropogenic sources and the park passionately takes care of the endangered species residing there!

Of course, we can’t forget our statistics! (Once again, derived from CNN)

  • Mass Transit: 22
  • Renewables: 14
  • Recycling: 36
  • Water Quality: 8
  • Air Quality: 10
  • Gas Consumption: 47
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 5Photo taken during Spring 2009 Artist-in-Residence in Badlands NP.
  • Overall: 10

Interesting Fact: South Dakota is also home to three different tribes, which made up the Sioux Nation! The three different tribes were known as the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota!

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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