Defining Green: Iowa

Hey all,

This week we are heading a bit north onto Iowa! Iowa is known as the Hawkeye state due to the past Indian Chief that once inhabited the state. If given the opportunity to venture out to Iowa, make sure that you check out Maquoketa Caves State Park and Loess Hills State Forest Park. Maquoketa Caves has one of the longest interconnected cave systems in the U.S., which you can happily wander through while also having the opportunity to stay overnight at one of their campgrounds.  Loess Hills is a lot smaller, but has countless art exhibitions and landscapes that you do not want to miss!

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Now onto statistics, once again derived from CNN:

  • Air Quality: 8
  • Mass Transit: 4
  • Gas: 8
  • Renewables: 17
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 30
  • Recycling: 45
  • Water Quality: 27

This puts Iowa at number 4 overall! Quite impressive, and totally understandable due to their innovative techniques that aid in restoring the environment and the promotion of sustainability throughout the entirety of the state

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 Environmental Friendly,



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