Start to use the Ecosia search engine as default on shared university workstations

Anonymous submitted on

Sunday 24th November 2019


Dear SUSU person,

Ecosia is a search engine that uses over 80% of its profits to plant trees in countries such as Brazil, Madagascar and Indonesia. Ecosia uses the Bing search algorithm and so is a good search algorithm as well. It can very easily be added onto computers (and can be easily linked into chrome or other browsers). If all shared university computers (for example the library, B25 and B100 workstations) had this as the default search engine, I feel it would be a very easy, positive way, of boosting such a good initiative in this climate crisis. The trees they plant are always native to the country, are planted as mixed forests (which is much better than mono cultures). Additionally, the forests they plant are always done in connection with local communities in order to assure the forests sustainability (to prevent it being logged or destroyed). I sincerely hope you act upon this idea. 

Have a lovely day.



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Students' Union replied on

Thursday 29th Oct 2020 10:34am

Thank you for your submission. 

Whilst this is a great idea, it is not something which can be implemented on University computers due to security concerns.

Please do look at the University's Sustainability Strategy and the great efforts being made to make campus greener! - Sustainability Strategy 

We continue to welcome all innovative ideas.


Kind Regards,


VP Education and Democracy 


  • Forwarded to Vice President Education and Democracy

    Friday 16th Oct 2020 10:17am

  • Forwarded to Union President

    Friday 29th Nov 2019 1:11pm


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