1. Vermont
  2. New York
  3. Washington
  4. Oregon
  5. Minnesota
  6. California
  7. Nevada
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Maine

Hmm … based on this, we're going to go ahead and say that if you want a green state, the best possible location is the middle of the alphabet.

Beyond that, any surprises here? Vermont has "green" right in the name (albeit in French), so that hardly seems fair. But Nevada? If you're going to have one city built on the concept of spectacular waste, I guess it really helps to have low population density outside of that.

Check out the rest of the rankings at Greenopia — they're based on recycling rate, air and water quality, number of green buildings, number of green businesses, and per capita waste generation, emissions, water use, and energy use (adjusted for climate).

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