Target: Larry Page, Google CEO
Goal: Commend Google for extensive renewable energy efforts
Google recently invested $200 million dollars to The Spinning Spur Wind Project, a wind farm in Texas that has enough energy to power 60,000 homes and is looking to expand. This is Google’s tenth major investment in renewable energy since 2010, with a total of over 1 billion dollars put towards the industry. It helps fund 5 wind farms and 5 solar power products in both the U.S. and abroad. In fact, Google powers about 30 percent of its data centers from renewable energy sources. Applaud Google for its dedication to supporting and implementing renewable energy sources.
Many people don’t even realize that performing a Google search, or any web search for that matter, has an environmental impact. A search is sent to multiple data centers all across the globe, which allows results to come in quickly, but also uses more energy. In 2009 it was publicized that each Google search released about 7 grams of CO2. The company has worked towards lowering this number and becoming more energy efficient.
With its current energy use, it takes about 100 Google searches to equal the amount of energy used to do a load of laundry. Despite the energy it takes to fuel the more than 200 million searches that come in each day, Google actually creates more renewable energy than the amount of energy it uses as a whole. Its ever-improving energy efficiency standards, combined with investments in renewable sources and purchased offsets, actually make it carbon neutral.
Google is the most widely used search engine in the world. It doesn’t have to make these environmental efforts to stay on top, yet in what can only be described as altruism, it chooses to do so anyway. Google is a prime example of a business using its power for good and sets an example of how to be successful while operating in compliance with the environment. Thank Google for caring about the planet and laying the groundwork for other major corporations to follow suit.
Dear Mr. Page,
Your environmental efforts have not gone unnoticed. The recent investment in the wind farm in Texas is just one of many renewable energy projects that you have contributed to. In this day and age it is so important to begin the conversion from coal and oil to more sustainable sources. Not many other large scale corporations can call themselves carbon neutral.
Being the powerhouse that you are, you don’t have to make these grand environmental efforts in order to stay successful. The fact that Google Corporation goes more than the extra mile says a lot about the company. It defies the stereotype of large corporations only looking to make a dollar, and acts as a positive role model to other businesses. Thank you and please keep up the good work; it’s appreciated.
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