When it comes to being green, Colorado is about in the middle of the pack out of the 50 states, according to a report released Monday.
The Centennial State comes in at No. 21 on the list of most environmentally friendly states, a ranking based on a group of metrics by the personal finance information website WalletHub.
The greenest state is the Green Mountain State — Vermont. The rest in the top five in order are New York, Oregon, Connecticut and Minnesota.
Colorado was ranked 10th highest for eco-friendly behaviors, which include green buildings per capita; water consumption; total capacity of solar energy installed per household; and alternative-fuel vehicles and alternative-fuel stations per capita.
On contributions to climate change, Colorado was ranked 31st. The criteria included carbon-dioxide, methane and nitrous-oxide emissions per capita.
A nine-county area along Colorado’s Front Range has failed to meet federal air-quality standards for years. Fossil-fuel production and vehicles are some of the major sources of climate-changing emissions in the region. Pollution from other states and countries is also a contributor.
The report ranked Colorado first for most LEED-certified buildings — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; fifth highest in terms of water quality; 17th for percentage of municipal solid waste recycled; and 24th for percentage of energy consumption from renewable sources.
Colorado voters were the first in the country to require electric utilities to generate a certain percentage of their power from renewable energy sources. In 2014, Colorado became the first in the nation to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas sites.
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper and his successor, Jared Polis, have made it a priority to make charging stations available for electric vehicles across the state. When running for governor last year, Polis said his goal is to see all the electricity on the state’s grid come from renewable sources by 2040.