By ALAN F. SMITH-USA TODAY, NEW YORK City of New York environmental protection commissioner Mike DeSantis is one of the first to admit the index’s success.
But he’s not alone.
A new poll finds that a quarter of Connecticut residents believe it has helped protect their environment, compared to just a third of residents in New York.
It was an indicator that the state has become an environmental powerhouse, according to the survey by the nonpartisan American Council on Environmental Quality (ACEQ).
In recent years, the index has become a model for others to follow.
Its supporters include many in the Democratic Party and liberal activists, who see it as a model that should be adopted nationwide.
The index ranks cities based on a number of environmental factors, including greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution.
It’s based on environmental protection measures that are often more stringent than those found in other states.
But the federal government has a broad interpretation of what qualifies as a protection measure.
“The Environmental Protection Agency has an expansive interpretation of who qualifies as an environmental protection measure,” said Richard Anderson, a political science professor at Rutgers University.
“And if they say it’s too strong, they’re going to be overruled.
That’s what we saw in Connecticut.”
The ACEQ poll, conducted in May, found that the average level of protection for Connecticut was 1.2 points higher than the national average, up from 0.6 points in 2008.
That is an increase of just under 1 percentage point, or 2.6 percent.
A third of those surveyed believed the index helped them protect their communities, which would be the lowest number in the country.
The majority of respondents said they felt their neighborhoods had become more safe over the past decade, including in the past year.
Forty-five percent said they feel safe in their neighborhoods.
The city of Hartford, home to Hartford, Conn., is ranked number four.
More than two-thirds of respondents in Hartford said they had seen a rise in crime since the index was first created in 2007.
The index ranks neighborhoods based on crime, not crime rates.
The ACEZ survey was conducted May 17-19.
The results of the survey are based on face-to-face interviews with 1,200 people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.