Defining Green: Louisiana

Hey all, its time to move eastward once again! This time we are going to stop at the lovely state of Louisiana. The nickname of Louisiana is The Pelican State. The nickname is derived from the state bird of Louisiana, the brown pelican.

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Statistics: (Derived from CNN)

  • Mass Transit: 20
  • Renewables: 26
  • Recycling: 19
  • Water Quality: 44
  • Air Quality: 49
  • Gas Consumption: 28
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 44
  • Overall: 29

There are many places to visit if you ever have the time or chance to go down to Louisiana. The French Quarter is definitely a spot that you will want to see. It has countless types of cultures and traditions ranging from African and American to Caribbean. Also, if you have time, go there during the Mardi Gras Tour! There are thousands of events to partake in! Also, you can sign up to help clean up after the festivities have ended. But be careful and go with someone!

Definitions via CNN:

Mass Transit: “Residents per method of mass transit”

Renewable Energy: “Renewable Energy in billions of BTUs”imgres-4

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)

Exploring Texas would take a while, but definitely venture around if you’re there! Maybe even try to implement some sustainable ideas of your own!

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References:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/brown_pelican/id

http://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/louisiana.php

How green is your state?

http://www.spokesman.com/tags/bourbon-street-cleanup/

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

Stay Environmentally Friendly,

Jacob

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