How Google Became Awesome At Recycling
We all know Google as that American technology company that specializes in web related products and services, but there is more to Google than just providing products and services to its customers. With so much to offer the world, including online ads, cloud computing, productivity software and more, one would wonder what such a huge company is doing to contribute to society. Google owns a lot of data centers all around the world, and considering the amount of information the company has in its database, those data centers must be quite big. Therefore, they are unavoidably producing waste (electronic waste in this case).
Rapid growth over the years has seen Google divert into other chains of products, including mail services (Gmail), cloud storage (Google drive) and even a social networking service known as Google+. It even operates its own kind of operating systems for notebooks and phones made by them. Google is credited as the most visited website all over the world, as it is the number one place for anybody looking for information about anything. But, with all these great achievements comes the great responsibility of dealing with the electronic waste that comes with it.
Google has made efforts to ensure that the company is run in a way that it keeps its environmental impacts at minimal levels by building data centers that use 50% less energy than is required to run such centers. Google data centers are designed by the company, and they improve its efficiency by installing temperature controls, use reused water for cooling their systems and design how power is being generated and distributed so as to reduce unwarranted energy loss. Google also recycles up to 100% of the electronic equipment used by any of its data centers by reselling old electronics to be used by someone else.
Google employees use bicycles to move around in their office complex all around the world, thereby reducing the impact of machines on our environment. They implemented programs that compel their members of staff to use bikes to work so as to reduce greenhouse gas emission in the atmosphere. Employees at Google are also being moved to and from their work by using biodiesel shuttles and electric vehicles, all to reduce gas emissions. They are given healthy meals in different varieties on all their campuses to minimize waste of food. Google also works hard to create a productive and healthy environment for its employees by designing their buildings to easily access fresh natural air and daylight.
Talking about energy, most of Google’s operations are powered using renewable energy resources, and the company is also doing its best to the growth of the renewable power industry. Their wind and solar power projects provide more electricity than is needed for the operation of the company. Finally, Google as a company has given people the opportunity to also impact the environment by using Google products, which helps people save energy. By investing in projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emission, Google has succeeded in bring its climate impacts to zero.
Gareth Amon, CEO and Founder of RecyclingQuotes.com, a company that works with Google, states that: “recycling companies are becoming more and more connected to the communities in which they operate. As people become more environmentally conscious, they turn to recycling companies to provide information on the best practices for recycling. As we make recycling more social, it becomes a social responsibility, and we are doing our best to promote green companies to the social communities in which they operate,” added Mr. Amon.
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