Defining Green: Illinois

Hey all! We are heading east once again. This time our stop is at Illinois, otherwise known as the prairie state. Illinois has a lot to offer, but one of my personal favorite attractions to visit is the Starved Rock State Park. The park has breathtaking waterfalls and canyons that you do not want to miss! Furthermore, there are many safe hiking paths, so that you can explore the park in its entirety, which will grant you the ability to see all of the magnificent natural wonders that are present in the park. The name of the park may throw you off a bit; however, the name was derived “from a group of Illini Indians who were left by their enemies to starve to death on one of the rocks.” Today, we have nothing to worry about minus the idea of the past. Definitely check it out if you ever visit Illinois!

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Now for the usual statistics! Again derived from CNN!

  • Air Quality: 32
  • Mass Transit: 10
  • Gas: 12
  • Renewables: 19
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 43
  • Recycling: 7
  • Water Quality: 46

Overall, this places Illinois at 8, which is extraordinary! Their initiative to maintain a beautiful state definitely aids in their beneficial sustainable practices! Definitely visit if you get a chance!

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:

How green is your state?

http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions/illinois-usil.htm

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/trees/plants/am_beech.htm

Stay Environmentally Friendly,

Jacob

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