Moving Sustainably

Uploaded by googlegreen on 29.08.2011

BRENDON HARRINGTON: You're building up, like, oh, that's
kind of cool.
Oh, that's fairly cool.
But then when you do this, everyone's
like, wow, that's awesome!
BRENDON HARRINGTON: With thousands of Googlers
commuting to work every day, the carbon footprint of each
employee is something we work very hard to minimize.
BRENDON HARRINGTON: The shuttle program
began in about 2006.
It was very much a grassroots effort where a Google employee
who lived in San Francisco was growing tired of the commute
and actually started a vanpool.
Executives started to recognize that this was a
valuable perk for a growing number of people.
Well, that vanpool then grew into what it is today, with
over 70 vehicles in operation, with over 275 daily scheduled
We know the location of every single bus.
We want the riders to know that information, too.
So that if they're at a shuttle stop and they're
wondering where their bus is, we want to give that to them
on their laptop or even on their mobile phone.
We save about 5,400 tons of carbon dioxide every year.
That's the equivalent of about 2,000 cars off the road every
single day or about 14 million vehicle miles
traveled every year.
So the environmental impact of this program is very
important to us.
And the way we look at it is making sure that we're running
the most efficient and cleanest vehicles possible.
We use the 2010 Detroit diesel engines that are basically the
cleanest motorcoach engines that's available
on the market today.
Now, the shuttle is an important program.
And it's a very key program, but it's not the only program
we operate.
We also want to make sure that there's opportunities for
people to ride their bicycles.
There's a large group of people that
bike in from San Francisco.
There's others that bike in from as far away as Santa Cruz
and from the East Bay.
One thing that we do have on the shuttle, which is really
fun, is that there's a lot of one-way riders.
That is, they bike in in the morning.
But then rather than bike home, they'll put their bike
on the shuttle to get back.
If you're a part of the self-powered commute program
and you bike or walk or use any other non-engine mode of
travel, you're able to not only get a charity credit for
each day that you ride, but if you ride the majority of the
time, you're able to get a locker in one
of the fitness centers.
On campus here at Mountain View, we have a unicyclist,
and we've heard of people Pogo-sticking.
In Seattle, in fact, we actually have a kayaker.
Currently about 40% of people commuting to the Mountain View
campus use some other mode of transportation
besides driving alone.
Once you're here on campus, we want to make it as easy as
possible to get between buildings.
It's a pretty large campus.
We have about 1,000 bicycles available that we leave just
out in front of buildings and in various parts of the campus
that you can just grab and go.
We also have a GFleet program, and if you're a shuttle rider
or use some alternate mode of transportation to get to work,
such as biking or carpooling, what we have is a fleet of 35
fleet vehicles that are available for riders to check
out and use.
The majority of them are now electric vehicles.
The transportation program is not quite yet carbon neutral,
although our goal is to continue to strive for that.
Until we are, we will purchase carbon offsets for every bit
that we don't already save ourselves.
In the tradition of Google, it's never enough to just kind
of continue what you're doing.
But we really want to think big.
We have a lot of opportunities moving forward that we're
really excited to test new things and try new things.