Going Green at Google

On 16 November 2010, in News, by Andrew Bennett

Google’s green employee programs are designed to reduce our corporate carbon footprint, and help our employees stay green too.

Bikes on Campus
At their Mountain View headquarters, shared bicycles are scattered among our buildings for employees to use for short trips around campus, reducing the need for employee car trips during the work day.

Biodiesel Shuttles
Google offers an extensive shuttle service that brings more than 1,500 employees to work from around the Bay Area every day. These shuttles are fueled by B20 biodiesel.

Waste from our Mountain View, CA cafes is separated and the organic component is composted. As a result, they have reduced waste sent to landfills, reduced greenhouse gases, and recycled nutrients leading to improved soil quality without chemicals. In addition, they have reduced the overall number of disposable items in our micro-kitchens and cafés. Any disposable plateware and cutlery we continue to use in the cafés is now compostable.

This Mountain View program is designed to support alternative commuting through a car-sharing program that is free to Google employees. Within this fleet, they have eight plug-in hybrid vehicles which we park under a solar panel carport at the Google headquarters.

Green Design Elements
The buildings at their main campus in Mountain View use sustainable building materials that are environmentally friendly and healthier for employees, such as “cradle-to-cradle” certified products designed to never end up in landfills, fresh air ventilation, daylighting, and PVC- and formaldehyde-free materials whenever possible.

Locally-grown Food
Google chefs are committed to using as many local, organic, sustainable ingredients as possible. Café 150, for example, sources ingredients for everything on the menu from within 150 miles. They also have a seasonal farmers market in Mountain View and an organic garden right in their main courtyard.

Residential Solar Program
Google has partnered with several residential solar companies to offer discounts to employees who want to go solar at home. Self-Powered Commuter Program Employees who bike, walk, pogo-stick, unicycle, or otherwise self-power to work can earn points that translate into a donation from Google to their charity of choice.

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