City Raises State's 'Green Ranking'
October 26th, 2007

New York State was ranked as the ninth greenest state in the nation by Forbes Magazine (via the Albany Project). The Forbes report praises the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an agreement between Northeastern states to reduce carbon emissions and set up a cap-and-trade market.

But mostly it lauds the state’s “exceptionally low carbon footprint (fifth best in the country), second lowest consumption of energy per capita and the fewest vehicle miles traveled (again, per capita).” This is due, the report recognizes, mostly to residents here in the city who “rely on public transportation and live and work in tight quarters.”

Indeed, while the city makes up about half of the state’s population and workforce, as well 60 percent of its private sector wages, it only consumes a third of the states total electricity and only about 20 percent of its gasoline.

The report does note, however, that the air is not very clean here. In fact, neighboring Connecticut – which beat out New York with sixth place – lost points for air quality because of its proximity to the city. Neighboring New Jersey also led New York and placed seventh.

It ranked each state in six equally weighted categories: carbon footprint, air quality, water quality, hazardous waste management, policy initiatives and energy consumption. Vermonttook first place and West VIrginia was stuck in last.

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