Defining Green: Minnesota! & A Brief Look Into The Mall of America!

Hey all, lets head a bit further north this week into Minnesota! Minnesota is known as the North Star State, which is derived from the french motto “l’étoile du nord.” Minnesota is full of attractions such as The Mall of America and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory! Generally speaking, most do not think of sustainability when The Mall of America comes into mind; however, the mall is fully committed to practicing sustainability techniques to keep our planet on its “A” game. For example, the Mall of America recycles approximately 60% of its total waste and it uses wind power as an alternative energy source.


Even though the Mall of Amesunken_1rica is exciting for a surplus of reasons, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is just as exciting! There are countless exotic animals being nurtured back to perfect health before being released back into the environment. Furthermore, there are numerous gardens that are breathtaking, thus definitely worth exploring!

Once again, statistics are derived from CNN!

  • Air Quality: 40
  • Mass Transit: 9
  • Gas: 9
  • Renewables: 9
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 29
  • Recycling: 34
  • Water Quality: 28

Overall, Minnesota ranks at 7! Totally understandable through all of the state’s sustainable advocacy and practices that are incorporated in large businesses and attractions! If you get the chance to venture into Minnesota, try to check at least one of the places out! Also, don’t forget to get a souvenir!

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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