Google Gathers Goats for Greener Gardening


Photo by Kevin via Flickr CC

Google has decided to forgo lawn mowers in favor of more eco-friendly goats to trim its Mountain View headquarters.

This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we've rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job for us (we're not "kidding"). A herder brings about 200 goats and they spend roughly a week with us at Google, eating the grass and fertilizing at the same time. The goats are herded with the help of Jen, a border collie. It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.

Back in January we talked about Arizona doing the same thing for brush at a wastewater treatment plant. Seems to be a catchy idea, and very smart...plus it's likely the goats enjoy a change of scenery and tasty scrub. It makes us wonder how this reduces the company's carbon footprint...

See also: What is Yahoo! Doing with Goats?

Via The Official Google Blog
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Tags: Animals | Carbon Footprint | Google