Maryland ranked 13th overall in state encouragement of a healthy environment, according to an analysis of 256 indicators released yesterday by the Institute of Southern Studies, a public interest advocacy research group in Durham, N.C.
The Green Index, as it is known, gave top overall marks for environmental protection to Oregon, followed by Maine, Vermont and California. It ranked Maryland ahead of its neighbors: Delaware (24th), Pennsylvania (26th), Virginia (32nd) and West Virginia (44th).
Maryland ranked third for mass transit spending and public health spending. But it ranked very low in four categories: cancer death rate (50th), municipal solid waste generated (50th), population with air violating carbon monoxide standards (49th), and toxics to surface water per square mile (47th).