According to a survey by WalletHub, Vermont ranks first among all the US states in terms of sustainable construction, with its progressive green policies.
WalletHub found out that the Green Mountain State is definitely a leader in sustainability based on specific factors, such as the number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings per capita, photovoltaic capacity, and water and air quality. On its official website, WalletHub states:
“In order to highlight the greenest states and call out those doing a poor job of caring for the environment, WalletHub’s analysts compared each of the 50 states in terms of 20 key metrics designed to illustrate each state’s environmental quality and the eco-friendliness of its policies. Our data set ranges from LEED-certified buildings per capita to share of energy consumption from renewable resources.”
Most notably, the state is home to several renewable cities, including Burlington, which is the first all-renewable city in the US, and Brattleboro, which received $265,000 from the Department of Commerce in 2015 to help transform itself into a center for green-building innovations.
Aside from those in Vermont, WalletHub list also features other cities in other states that support sustainable construction. These greenest metros include San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, and Fremont in California; Honolulu in Hawaii; Greensburg in Kansas; Aspen in Colorado; and Portland in Oregon.
Some of these cities are already 100% sustainable, while the others are in the works of becoming such in the years to come.