Douglas County, Georgia

In the community

At Google, we’re committed to playing a positive role in each of the communities in which we operate around the world. Through grant-making and local initiatives, we're working to help businesses, schools, and nonprofits thrive. We're always seeking opportunities for Googlers to share their time and expertise with the local community. Here's a sample of what we're doing in the area.

Google's community contributions by the numbers:

$3.6 billion: Economic activity for Georgia businesses, website publishers and nonprofits in 2015.

$8.4 million: Total in charitable giving dollars donated to nonprofits and schools in Georgia since 2011.

50%: Percent less energy consumed at Google facilities, compared to a typical data center.

Partnership & events

Google works with local organizations to sponsor several community events each year. From promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to helping small businesses get online, here are some recent examples of our community involvement:

Mobilize Hackathon
Google Atlanta and Google Douglas County teamed up to support a mobile-themed hackathon in November 2012 to benefit nonprofit organizations in the Atlanta area. We paired five mid-size nonprofits with teams of developers to tackle their technology needs. Representatives from Georgia Tech served as judges, extending the event's reach to the academic community and providing opportunities for students to work side-by-side with expert developers and designers.
Georgia Get Your Business Online
As part of a larger effort to get the nation's businesses online, Google hosted seminars at the Center at Arbor Connection in Douglas County and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to educate hundreds of business owners on how to set up and run a successful website. Attendees received an easy-to-build website, customized domain name, free web hosting for a year, and online tools and training.
GoogleServe
In addition to in-kind giving, local sponsorships and community grants, Google Douglas County employees are active volunteers in the community. For the past two years, employees have participated in Google’s annual GoogleServe project, performing a week of community service throughout the area with local organizations, including the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Friends of the Dog River Library, and Dunwoody Nature Center Inc. Here, several Googlers are giving 1:1 computer tutorials at the Dog River Library.

Community grants

Since 2011, we’ve awarded $8.4 million in grants to Georgia nonprofits and schools in areas that we’re passionate about, including science and technology education, carbon reduction and access to the Internet.

Grant recipients include:

  • Douglas County Boys & Girls Club’s Teen Center Computer Lab
  • Douglas County Fire/EMS Department
  • Douglas County Public Library System
  • Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc.
  • Lithia Springs High School Robotics Team
  • Sweetwater Elementary School
  • Dorsett Shoals Elementary School
  • Douglas County High School Robotics Team
  • Douglas County School System Speech Language Impairment (SLI) program
  • Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta (Douglas County)

Learn more about our Data Center Community Grants program, eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Green initiatives

Google is also committed to creating a better web that's better for the environment. For example, we take a unique approach to water conservation at the Douglas County data center. Through our reuse water system, we use recycled water for 100% of our cooling needs. The system intercepts water coming from the nearby WSA treatment plant. Water that would have gone to the Chattahoochee River instead goes to the Google-funded Sweetwater Creek Sidestream Plant where it is cleaned enough to be used in our data center cooling infrastructure. Any water that doesn’t evaporate during the cooling process is sent to an effluent treatment plant on the data center property, where it is treated and returned to the river clean, clear and safe. We recently received an E3 award in the "Sustainable water solutions" category from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce for this effort.

In addition to our on-site composting and recycling efforts, our employees maintain a community garden from which we donate crops to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

We welcome proposals from data center communities that reduce carbon emissions in the immediate region, including projects that increase the renewable energy mix powering our data centers. Applicants can be nonprofit or for-profit entrepreneurs. We’ll be looking for cost of generation, innovation, and total carbon reduction. You can submit proposals via email to douglascounty@google.com.