Most Eco-Friendly States This Earth Day

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

As more and more states turn their attention to how they can do things to save the environment on a sustained, daily basis, the nation will be celebrating the 54th edition of Earth Day on March 20.

In 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) organized the first Earth Day to bring national attention and awareness to conservation issues. At that time, 20 million people joined in peaceful demonstrations, highlighted by 10,000 grade schools and high schools and 2,000 colleges in approximately 1,000 communities. took a quick moment away from Indiana sports betting before March Madness and used data from Google Trends between Feb.29-March 7 to see which states were searching for “Earth Day” and “Sustainability.”

Then, used information from SolarPower.Guide to inform what the solar installations per capita are in the states found searching the above Google Trends criteria. – your source for Indiana sports betting apps - created a system based on the average search interest scores and the solar installations per capita to create an overall ranking of the most sustainable states. Here are the states that are more than doing their part:

Most Sustainable States

RankStateSolar Installations per CapitaAvg. Search Interest Score
T1Rhode Island718.98100
3New Mexico1,253.8966

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Indiana Ranks 9th in Our Study

The Hoosier State edged in the top 10 at No. 9 with solar installations per capita at 57.84 with an average search interest score of 62.

Mississippi completed the list at No. 10 with 27.47 solar installations per capita and an average search interest score of 62.

Hawaii topped the top 10 rankings with a remarkable 6,403.31 solar installations per capita and a search score of 69. The highest search score on the list was 100 by the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island, which also tied for the top spot.

Rounding out the top five:

  • 3: New Mexico (1,253.89 solar installations, search score 66)
  • 4: Wisconsin (122.33 solar installations, search score 70)
  • Tied for 5: Texas (312.51 solar installations, search score 63) and Iowa (185.74 solar installations, search score 66). 


Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.