Can Indiana Do Better Than 33rd Place in New Wallethub “Green” State Ranking?

photograph of someone holding out their hand with a thumb down to signify Indiana's low ratings among green states in a recent Wallethub ranking of the 50 states

According to a new Wallethub study, Indiana ranks as one of the least “green” states in the nation.

The study was based on 25 metrics including air quality, energy efficiency, green buildings per capita, and gasoline consumption. Indiana was ranked 33rd out of the 50 states in the study.

In environmental quality, Indiana was ranked 8th. The state was also tied for second in air quality with Wyoming. Indiana was also ranked 39th in eco-friendly behaviors and 41st in climate change contributions.

WIBC, April 2024, “Wallethub: Indiana is One of the Least “Green” States in the U.S.”

To elevate our green ranking, Indiana could embrace statewide, independent community solar policy. Community solar allows residents to benefit from solar energy without having to install panels on their property, ideal for those who rent, live in apartments or have shaded rooftops. Indiana’s push towards community solar could significantly improve its standings in eco-friendly behaviors and energy efficiency, two areas where the state currently lags.

By investing in community solar, Indiana could lower energy costs for its residents, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and improve air quality. These projects could also stimulate the local economy by creating jobs and encouraging technological innovation. As community solar projects become more widespread, they could serve as a tangible demonstration of Indiana’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Moreover, community solar projects can enhance community resilience against power outages and reduce the state’s carbon footprint, addressing the climate change contributions metric where Indiana currently ranks poorly. By focusing on community solar, Indiana can not only climb the ranks of the greenest states but also set a precedent for sustainable living for other states in the Midwest to follow.