[Article] How Environmentally Friendly Is Your State?

At ISF we’re all about the environment and we know you are too, but how does your state compare? The eco-friendly folks over at Save on Energy, used Google Trends to uncover “which states care most about the environment”, at least according to search terms.

It may not come as a surprise to see that California ranks No. 1 for caring most about the planet, particularly “electric cars,” but Washington, for example, beat out California on “how to recycle,” and Vermont took the top spot for “solar power.”

Let’s ‘State’ the Facts

Coloradans won the “how to compost” category. Cities such as Denver and Boulder provide a lot of resources to their residents for backyard composting, along with community programs. Boulder is aiming to be the first ‘zero waste’ community in the U.S. They now require all businesses and properties in the city to compost and recycle.

As of January 01, 2015, Washington State also requires that its Seattle residents compost all food and materials including: paper, food-soiled paper towels, paper napkins, and cardboard. There’s no wonder why these two states along with North Carolina, Arizona, and Missouri, are the top states looking into “how to compost.”

[Photo Credit: Save On Energy]

California has the highest search volume for “how to install solar panels,” which might have something to do with the fact that the state has installed more solar panels in one year than the entire U.S. installed in the last 41 years.

But it’s Maine who is dominating in “wind power.” Did you know that by 2020, Maine wind farms will reduce CO2 emissions by 2.5 million tons? That’s 4,000 cars worth of carbon pollution!

America Isn’t The Only Country Investing in Wind Power!

The No. 1 country searching for “Wind Power” is Denmark. This might have something to do with the fact that Denmark’s windfarms were recently able to meet their domestic electricity demand as well as export power to Norway, Germany, and Sweden.

India and Australia tied for second place, but see how the rest of the world compares below.

Find out what other states are making a difference and view the full breakdown of environmentally friendly states here.

How Can You Help the Planet?

There are a ton of ways you can contribute! To get started, we’ve listed eight habits for you to practice to become more environmentally friendly:

  1. Whether at home, a hotel, or elsewhere – turn off the lights every time you leave the room.
  2. Unplug electronics like cell phones, video game consoles, computers, and TVs when not in use.
  3. Turn off water when not in use; showers and toothbrushes included.
  4. Start a garden. Find out what grows well in your state and try growing your own fruits and veg.
  5. Join Colorado and Washington in reducing waste by learning “how to compost.”
  6. Recycle all plastics, paper, and aluminum.
  7. Plant trees next to your home to reduce carbon dioxide.
  8. Encourage friends and family to reduce their carbon footprint by carpooling.

Eco-Friendly Thoughts From Our Mobstir, Laura, in Belgium:

  • Recycling: “If people are given the opportunity to recycle, more people will do so. A good recycle plan consists of different garbage bags for plastic, paper, glass etc.”
  • Energy: “Invest in clean energy.”
  • Public Transport: “I think this is an important one, especially in big cities. This will cut carbon emissions. If there’s a good bus, subway, or train network, more people will leave their cars at home and take one of these instead. For example, in Belgium, we have something funny in a few of our bigger cities. You can rent a bike at a particular place; it looks a bit like a bicycle shed. You scan your card and the machine tells you which bike you can take. Then you can travel through the city by bicycle. These bicycle sheds are spread over the whole city, so when you have reached your destination, you can just leave it there again at one of the sheds. A lot of people use it here. People who live in the city are more likely to do short distances with their car (about 3-4 miles) statistics say, so this initiative can mean something to them.”

Do you have any eco-friendly tips you’d like to share?




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