We all want to be environmentally responsible, but exactly how green is New Jersey as compared to other states in the nation?

That is the question WalletHub set out to answer, not just for the Garden State, but for every state in the nation, and it turns out that, while we're not among the nation's leading states, we're not doing that bad.

According to this research, New Jersey ranks as the  16th greenest state in the United States. Not bad, right, but maybe you thought we'd do better. So, how did they come up with the rankings?

WalletHub compared all 50 states in three key factors: They were environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors and climate change contributions, according to report about the findings.

New Jersey's best rank was in climate change contributions, where we were ranked 9th. We also did well in eco-friendly behaviors, coming in at #11. Our environmental quality was ranked 33rd.

And as rankings were broken down into more specific categories, the Garden State's low point was ranking 46th in percentage of energy consumption from renewable sources.

At the top of the list was Vermont which took the crown as the greenest state, while Louisiana was named least green.

Here's how our neighbors did. New York was ranked 2nd greenest state, right behind Vermont, while Pennsylvania was listed at #24.

So, while it looks like there is still some work to do, the Garden State can take some comfort in ranking in the top third for greenest states.

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