Internet search giant Google talked up its partnership with Duke University today in a blog post detailing the company's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.
Google seeks out green projects to offset the greenhouse gas emissions its operations produce.
Among those projects is a hog farm in Yadkin County where the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative has built a waste management system that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and produces electricity.
"Through this pilot, Duke is showing how these projects can make economic sense for North Carolinians and lead to dramatic reductions in emissions over the long term," wrote Jolanka Nickerson, the program manager for Google's Carbon Offsets Team. "We hope technologies like this can scale across the U.S. and world."
Google, like other Internet companies, has been criticized by some environmentalists for the amount of electricity it uses and how much greenhouse gases it is responsible for producing.