Google goes green

Google let us in on another little fact about their operations the other day. They've set up a shuttle service to transport the Googlers from San Francisco to the Googleplex. Nothing revolutionary in itself, but in accordance with the Google mantra of "do no evil" the shuttle is powered biodiesel.

Biodiesel is an environmental friendly, biodegradable and renewable alternative to traditional petroleum diesel. Albeit not as clean as solar or wind power, it represents a power source that's cheap, available and can greatly reduce the emissions of toxins into the atmosphere.

Cari Spivack (SF shuttle organizer) writes on the Google Blog:

We had to do it in a Google way, which means we went a step further than providing a shuttle. Our bus runs on biodiesel fuel. This clean-burning alternative to gasoline is produced from renewable - and domestically grown - resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, is biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. It has lower emissions than petroleum diesel, too. It's less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar.

It's nice to see that a major corporation goes down the environmental friendly path. Although one can always the question the motivation behind such a measures (and press releases), our environment definitively benefits from it!

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