Tech Tip: Ecosia

Try the search engine that plants trees, Ecosia.
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Welcome to another Tech Tip! This month, I’m sharing a search engine that helps the environment each time you use it: Ecosia. They donate 80% of their profits to non-profit organizations that focus on reforestation. They even publish their monthly financial reports and tree planting receipts so users can hold them accountable. It’s a service that I’ve used off and on over the years, and I really enjoy watching the counter that tells me how many trees I’ve planted with my searches! Mobile apps are available so you can even help plant them on-the-go.

What’s your favorite alternative search engine, and what does it do differently than Google? Please share in the comments below!

Have a cool app, tool, or tech tip you’d like to share? Contact Chase Masters. Please note that Tech Tips are personal recommendations and might not be officially endorsed or supported by U-M.

Author: Chase Masters, University Library

Chase's role at the Taubman Health Sciences Library includes managing technology projects and resources, consulting with faculty to effectively incorporate technology into their curriculum, supervising staff, serving in the HS-STEM Administration Unit, and identifying and building partnerships with instructional technology units throughout the university community. You may reach him at