The ‘greenest’ city in every state

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Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year, this award goes to the greenest city in each state – one that epitomizes eco-friendly driving and living. 

 

Earth Day occurs each year on April 22, on which people around the globe demonstrate their support for environmental protection. This year, in particular, is unique, given how circumstances this spring have led to unprecedented changes in greenhouse gas emissions.

Government-mandated travel restrictions, reduced travel overall and reductions in industrial output across the globe have significantly slashed carbon emissions and nitrogen oxides. Given that transportation makes up a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions, the decrease in greenhouse gas emissions is due in large part to social distancing-induced reductions in transportation.

Of course, this decrease is both hopeful and sobering; while it is encouraging to see the positive effects of a decline in transportation, it is a reminder of how much farther we need to go.

Apart from the current situation, there are cities that already have begun working towards reducing their carbon footprint. Across the United States, some cities are home to a high share of eco-conscious drivers who choose their vehicles based on their environmental impact, while other cities are headed by tireless leaders who invest in green endeavors (some cities do neither). Which are those select few that perform strongly on both?

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Selection Process for Insurify’s 2020 Greenest Cities Awards

The 'greenest' city in every state

The data science and research team at Insurify, a website to compare home insurance, analyzed both proprietary and publicly-accessible data to determine the greenest city in each state.

Referring to their database of nearly two million car insurance applications, Insurify’s data scientists identified cities with the lowest vehicular carbon footprint. Fuel-efficiency, engine displacement, drivetrain, annual mileage and vehicles per household were used in the algorithm to determine the top cities per state with the greenest drivers. States with insufficient data were not included in the analysis.

Then, they compiled statistics on city-wide renewable electricity programs from the United States Conference of Mayors and city-based air quality data published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Bonus points, according to Project Drawdown’s ranking of the environmental impact of particular green reforms, were awarded to cities accordingly.

These are the communities, from small towns to large metropolitan areas, that have all demonstrated an exceptional commitment to green living and driving.

NOTE: Vermont is not listed.

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1. Alabama

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Tuscaloosa

 

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2. Alaska

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Wasilla

 

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3. Arizona

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Nogales

 

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4. Arkansas

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Fayetteville

 

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5. California

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: West Hollywood

 

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6. Colorado

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Denver

 

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7. Connecticut

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Hartford

 

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8. Delaware

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Dover

 

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9. Florida

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Miami

 

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10. Georgia

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Macon

 

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11. Hawaii

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Kailua

 

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12. Idaho

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Moscow

 

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13. Illinois

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Champaign

 

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14. Indiana

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Bloomington

 

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15. Iowa

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Muscatine

 

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16. Kansas

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Dodge City

 

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17. Kentucky

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Owensboro

 

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18. Louisiana

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Baton Rouge

 

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19. Maine

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Bangor

 

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20. Maryland

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Columbia

 

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21. Massachusetts

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Newton

 

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22. Michigan

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Holland

 

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23. Minnesota

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Eden Prairie

 

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24. Mississippi

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Meridian

 

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25. Missouri

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Kansas City

 

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26. Montana

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Missoula

 

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27. Nevada

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Carson City

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28. Nebraska

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Grand Island

 

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29. New Hampshire

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Concord

 

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30. New Jersey

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Trenton

 

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31. New Mexico

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Taos

 

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32. New York

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Ithaca

 

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33. North Carolina

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Chapel Hill

 

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34. North Dakota

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Minot

 

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35. Ohio

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Toledo

 

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36. Oklahoma

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Lawton

 

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37. Oregon

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Corvallis

 

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38. Pennsylvania

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Bethlehem

 

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39. Rhode Island

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Warwick

 

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40. South Carolina

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Columbia

 

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41. South Dakota

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Brookings

 

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42. Tennessee

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Knoxville

 

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43. Texas

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Austin

 

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44. Utah

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Salt Lake City

 

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45. Virginia

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Newport News

 

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46. Washington

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Tacoma

 

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47. West Virginia

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Huntington

 

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48. Wisconsin

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Waukesha

 

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49. Wyoming

The 'greenest' city in every state

Winner: Evanston

 

This article originally appeared on Insurify.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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