Google Pushes for Greener Buildings, Leads by Example
Google has taken to its public blog to talk about the company's focus on building greener, more sustainable workplaces for its employees. The company is involved in several green initiatives, including energy and water audits, the use of green building materials, and competitive programs that pit teams against each other to become the greener office.
In addition, Google says that it has now added its first LEED-certified building to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.
LEED, which stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design," is an internationally recognized certification program for rating green buildings. Google says this is not its first LEED building, but it is the first at the Googleplex.
The new LEED platinum achievement was awarded for an interior renovation which used healthy building materials and practices, says Google. The company now has 4.5 million square feet of building space worldwide which it hopes will soon earn the LEED certification.
Other green building practices used by Google include:
Google also runs an internal Sustainable Pursuit program that pits teams against each other to earn points based on their office's green performance, by measuring its green cleaning programs, water use and waste management strategy.