I really think Google should be commended for their active support in several local causes especially for the environment and youth.
I’m generally very passionate about ways we can all play a role to reduce our impact on the environment by small lifestyle changes. Back in Jun 07, Google (WW) announced their plans to go carbon netural by the end of the year. In addition, for every 20 days a Googler takes public transport or “self-powered” to work, the Australia subsidiary donates $100 to the staff’s chosen charity. Even Optus is going green by offering employee buses from Chatswood to their North Ryde office*.
Last weekend’s Sydney City2Surf, 20 Googlers and their families took part in the event and raised funds for youth focused charities. I saw groups from IBM and Microsoft (St Vincent Hospital). Good to see their particpation.
* Disclaimer: I do not own any shares in Singtel Group who is the parent company of Optus.