‘How beautiful would it be if we plant thousands of trees with the HU each year?’ — Joram van Velzen (23)
Joram is an enthusiast fourth-year Social Work student. He is a member of the Social Work institute board, the board of University of Applied Sciences and Taskforce Student Wellbeing. Joram sees value in creating awareness and support for using Ecosia within University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.
HU has big ambitions when it comes to sustainability. We work on sustainable projects, conduct research to sustainability and work hard to firmly anchor sustainability in education.
HU is one of the biggest Universities of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. There are over 35.000 students and some thousand employees. This means that every day many people use the systems, among which the internet.
Some time ago Joram started using the green search engine Ecosia:
‘Ecosia is a CO2-negative search engine that uses a large part of their revenue for planting trees. About 45 search queries with Ecosia plant one tree. I immediately became enthusiastic. It fits perfectly with the CO2-reduction ambitions of HU and it positively contributes to a liveable planet.
The best thing about it: you don’t have to do anything for it, except for your usual research, shopping during class or searching for cat videos.’
Green Office HU starts a campaign with Joram. The goal is to get as many students and staff using Ecosia and make a case for setting Ecosia as the standard search engine. This was we can plant thousands of trees per year and contribute to a greener future. Go to http://ecosia.co/GOHU, add Ecosia to your browser and tell your fellow students and colleagues about this initiative.
Are you using an HU-issued computer? Then follow the manual below to set Ecosia as your standard search engine.