Google today gave a glimpse at how their internal-campus transportation programs help Googlers get to work while leaving their cars at home. In a Google Green blog post, Kevin Mathy, Transportation Manager wites that “today, up to a third of employees ride the GBus shuttles throughout our Bay Area offices five days a week–that’s more than 3,500 daily riders, or 7,000 one-way car trips avoided each day.”
Mathy said the “green life doesn’t stop once Googlers get to work. In Mountain View, our GBike system distributes about 1,000 bikes across the campus that Googlers can pick up whenever they have to get to another building. For longer distances and off-campus trips, we’ve the GFleet, electric vehicle car share program, and our on-campus taxi service GRide. In total, the combination of the GFleet and our shuttles result in net annual savings of more than 5,400 metric tons of CO2.”
“We’re also installing hundreds of electric vehicle charging stations throughout several of our offices, making it easy for Googlers to charge up their own electric cars for free at work. If Googlers need to chat with their colleagues in other cities or continents they can use video conferencing technology, which cuts down on potential air travel,” added Mathy.
Mathy said that “Googlers earn credits each time they get to work via alternative (non-engine) means–by bike, foot, skateboard or kayak. These credits are then translated into a dollar amount that gets donated–$100 for every 20 days of participation–to the Googler’s charity of choice.”