Defining Green: Missouri!

Hey all!

We are heading a little north today into the Show-Me State! Missouri has various attractions including the Elephant Rocks State Park and Missouri Botanical Garden. Both are definitely places to visit if you have the opportunity! Elephant Rocks State Park has numerous adventurous trials and a surplus of boulders shaped similar to elephants! Missouri Botanical Garden focuses on sustainability practices through “conservation and ecological restoration.” Furthermore, there is an immense amount of knowledge to obtain and you can enjoy the breathtaking views the park has to offer!

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Now we can head into the statistics to find out how green Missouri is! Statistics are derived from CNN!

  • Air Quality: 49
  • Mass Transit: 30
  • Gas: 25
  • Renewables: 12
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 35
  • Recycling: 42
  • Water Quality: 30

Overall, Missouri is ranked 28th! With the help of the parks that embrace sustainability, Missouri is sure to rise exponentially throughout the ranking system.

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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:

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/sustainability/sustainability/about-sustainability.aspx

http://www.missouristateparks.net/elephant-rocks-state-park/index.htm

How green is your state?

http://blog.randmcnally.com/tag/missouri-state-parks/

Stay Environmentally Friendly,

Jacob

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