Consumers are increasingly aware of the impact their choices have on the environment, and over the years have looked for more sustainable offerings whether they’re dining out, shopping, or driving. Yelp is committed to doing our part to help consumers easily connect with local businesses that prioritize sustainable practices, which is why today we launched new searchable eco-friendly business attributes to help consumers find businesses that align with their values, among other sustainability initiatives.
With this news, today we’re also announcing a ranking of the most eco-friendly states and Washington D.C., derived from analyzing the frequency of sustainability related review mentions over the last five years. Yelp’s data science team identified which states experienced the largest relative growth of sustainability related text in reviews – such as, “EV charging,” “solar powered,” “locally sourced,” “vegan,” “plastic free,” and “compostable,” among others – during recent years (January 2018 – March 2022).
The top 10 states on the list reveal that some of the most environmentally conscious consumers and businesses on Yelp hail from the west coast with Oregon (#1) driven by the highest ranking for sustainability mentions in professional, home and local services, as well as restaurants and food categories, and California (#2) driven by the highest ranking for mentions of EV charging in the top two spots. Washington (#5), Nevada (#4) and Arizona (#8) also all claimed a place in the top 10. Vermont, the most sustainable state on the East Coast, landed in the #3 spot driven by mentions of EV charging, restaurant and food sustainable terms. The full ranking is available below.