Google goes for goats

From Treehugger
Try saying that fast eight times. I’ve seen goats on the East Bay Hills in the summer, along the freeway borders and in the parks. It’s a refreshing site to behold…but just glimpsing, as I’m usually driving.

A gaggle of goats

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…

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