Browse the web with Ecosia and plant trees together

Published on 14 Jan 2021

Let’s start the new year in a ‘green’ way: From 15 January, sustainable search engine Ecosia will be set as default on 800 Maastricht University’s Student Desktops (SDT) in both library locations and the Randwyck Computer Facilities. Ecosia will also be available for students using Student Desktop Anywhere for remote access to the SDT facilities on and off campus. We hope that our initiative in the library will encourage other Maastricht University (UM) departments to make the switch as well!

The idea was launched by University Council students and UM Library and ICT Service Centre embrace the valuable initiative. By creating an Ecosia account for UM we contribute to sustainability and keep track of how much CO2 savings take place collectively at UM level.



You search the web for free, Ecosia plants trees

Ecosia is like any other search engine, with one major difference: Ecosia uses 80% or more of its profits to help non-profit organisations that focus on reforestation. It considers itself a social business, is CO₂-negative and claims to support full financial transparency and protect the privacy of its users.

Good to know:

  • Ecosia uses Microsoft’s Bing search engine. If you prefer Google, then just type #g in the search box.
  • Search tags like these can speed up your search. Another option is to click “more” after you have performed your search.



UM and sustainability

Maastricht University wants to contribute to a more sustainable future on earth with its education, research and operations. Its aim is to integrate sustainability in the DNA of the entire organisation by 2030. To reach that aim UM has created the taskforce Sustainable UM2030 that works on sustainability issues, with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN as the guiding framework.

The choice for a green search engine fits in perfectly with that ambition.



Do you want to use Ecosia as well on your laptop or mobile phone?

Here is how: manual on the ICTS website.

Start planting trees today by downloading the Ecosia extension using the UM link: This is the unique tracking link for the university. Anyone that downloads the Ecosia extension via this link will also contribute to the university’s total tree count.


A joint effort of:

  • ICT Service Centre
  • Student representatives University Council
  • Taskforce Sustainability
  • University Library

Author: Susanne Snijders, Communications Officer UM Library


This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.



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Last updated: 14/01/21

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