Defining Green: Utah

Today, we’re going to head back to the West Coast! Therefore, we are landing at Utah, the beehive state! There are many beautiful places to visit if you ever have the chance to explore here; however, I’m only going to briefly talk about two! The first place that I would suggest would be the Arches National Park because it has an abundance of different rock formations that create beautiful landscapes. Furthermore, there are countless trails to hike on, so that you can truly explore the entirety of the park. utah-arches-national-park

The second place I’d like to mention is a place that a lot of people have seen, but the name is unfamiliar to many. The Monument Valley (pictured below) is located in the Navajo Indian Reservation, which actually spreads across three states! It also has been in many movies and television shows!

Statistics: (Derived from CNN) utah-monument-valley

  • Mass Transit: 17
  • Renewables: 46
  • Recycling: 51
  • Water Quality: 10
  • Air Quality: 12
  • Gas Consumption: 20
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 18
  • Overall: 45

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?

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