MONTPELIER - Gov. James Douglas recently announced that a new report by the website 24/7 Wall St ranks Vermont as the greenest state in America. The report considered energy consumption, pollution problems and state energy policies in evaluating the environmental standing of states.
"This most recent report reaffirms the Green Mountain State's reputation as the greenest state in America," said Governor Douglas. "Our strong record of environmental stewardship includes the nation's smallest carbon footprint and the greenest energy portfolio. I've fought for tougher automobile emissions standards and against threats to our state's air quality, and was the first Governor to sign onto the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). All Vermonters can be proud of our state's deep commitment to a healthy environment."
This is not the first time Vermont has been singled out as the America's environmental leader. In 2007, Forbes Magazine named Vermont the "America's Greenest State." In 2009, Vermont was again named the "Greenest State" according to an Earthsense Eco-Insights Survey. And that same year Governor Douglas was named one of the top-ten "Green Governors" in the nation by Greenopia, an online directory of eco-friendly retailers, services, and organizations.
According the 24/7 Wall St: "The state releases the fewest carcinogenic toxins and has the smallest carbon footprint in the country