10 Search Engines to Help the Environment

Saikat Basu 23-03-2009

Not many of us are environmental fanatics. Most of us can’t even place our own ecological footprint. But that should never stop us from doing our bit for the environment. Today, thanks to the internet we can ‘contribute’ right from our desks, whether it is by increasing our own awareness by learning about climate change or by being part of a campaign needing mass support.


The power of search engines helps us wade through the universe of the web. This vehicle today is also being used as the agent of action to change the way we look at our planet. The environment should concern us all directly, so here are ten search engine services we can use with a click of the mouse to give back to our planet :

Forestle – Save An Acre Of Rainforest

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Forestle, powered by Yahoo’s search technology, helps to save 0.1 square meters (0.11 yd²) of rain forest per search.

The ad-revenue generated from the web search goes to The Nature Conservancy which uses it to further the cause of rain forest protection. The company has estimated that an average user does about 1000 searches per year which translates into 100 square meters of conserved rain forest. The realization of your efforts is posted as monthly reports which details the area of rain forests saved.

Znout – The Google Way

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If Yahoo is not your scene check out Znout from the same company but with Google behind the search tech. Znout is a Co2 neutral internet search engine. No, the search engine does not spew out Co2 – Znout uses the ad-revenue to buy renewable energy certificates which balances out the carbon footprint caused by Znout.

Green Planet Search – Green & Slick

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Green Planet Search is a website designed for your eco-habits. The Flash-driven green website is pleasing to the eye and the scruples as its home made search engine is strictly for eco-search. The website is devoted to environmentally-relevant content – educational, original news, events, blogs, products and reviews.

EcoWho – Towards Eco-Friendliness

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EcoWho search indexes nearly 3 million ecologically relevant webpages. Value added offerings include an eco-news section, an ecological glossary, a blog section and an emerging article directory. The website is still under development but the search feature is sound enough.

GreenLinkCentral – Human Edited Green Search

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GreenLinkCentral aims to be a one stop information source for everything that is environmental. The websites and links are vetted by the GreenLinkCentral team to ensure significance and quality. On top of the search box you will find three more useful links – Top Searches (for search suggestions), Articles (arranged in blog style categories) and Website Reviews (listing green websites).

Relying on human inputs rather than bots has the disadvantage of moderate results but a cursory glance through them revealed them to be closer to home.


Truevert – Focused On The Environment

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Truevert is still in beta but it works well. Powered by Yahoo!’s open search web services platform – Yahoo BOSS, it delivers targeted environmental results. The front page draws in feeds from the popular green sites and blogs. Results are displayed beneath the query box along with a Preview icon. An Interesting Phrases icon lists the interesting phrases for the document. Search results can be narrowed down by using Themes on the left which acts like a filter for a particular keyword.

Ecocho – You Search. We Grow Trees

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Ecocho offers a simplistic interface but a noble intent. It donates its revenues from advertising to afforestation programs. For every 1000 searches, Ecocho sponsors five trees.


Powered by Yahoo, searches on Ecocho allow the company to buy enough carbon offset credits to remove 1 ton of CO2 from the atmosphere. Results can also be filtered by Region, Language and Document Format.

ClimateGift – A Portal & A Search Engine

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ClimateGift is not only a well developed search engine but an ecological portal too. The website partners with other environmental organizations and passes on advertising revenue from user searches to these partners.

When the page loads, the web user can pick any of the organizations on display to be the beneficiary. From this point on, ClimateGift donates 50 percent of the ad-revenue to this non-profit entity every quarter. The website features news, articles and a Tools tab with a few applications loaded.

A logged in user can personalize his homepage with things such as news, weather, sports, entertainment, photos, videos, music, email and even a calculator. For a normal search a log-in is not required.

GreenMaven – Gateway To The Green Web

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GreenMaven is a web service which uses Google’s custom search service to collate green news and links from the worldwide web. The search service claims to have mapped over 10,000 websites. It also has a business directory with nearly 4000 listings.

What I liked about the site was its capable search and the ability to delve directly into Digg-ed green articles.

EcoSeek – For Things Green [No Longer Available]

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EcoSeek is a bit different from the other search engines listed. It is tuned specifically towards eco-friendly and green products. The service strives to educate all consumers about eco-friendly products, manufacturers and local earth-conscious retailers.  A user can search through 13,000 Earth friendly products from 790 retailers.

Searches can be made by category. Though the search feature has a commercial slant, it helps the consumer make informed decisions about a green lifestyle. A free membership allows a user to take part in “˜green auctions’ for some of the products listed on the site.

What do you think of these green initiatives? Do you share the optimism that such web services can preserve a corner of the only place we can call home?

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  1. John Kothapalli
    March 26, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    There is another environmentally-friendly website called Oceanhero which helps remove the plastic in the oceans. Here is the web-link: ( Don't forget to add it as a search engine.).

  2. Drake
    July 10, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Another really good one that I've found which posts enviro-friendly articles, basic tips on how to live greener, and donates money to various causes from the searches and donations is Searther.

    Weird name, but great site. You can read articles and search all you want without signing up, but you have to sign in to rate articles and engage in the discussion. Right now the discussion is pretty weak, so it would be great if others joined!

    • Saikat
      July 12, 2009 at 12:59 am

      Looks nice. I think it's in the buildup phase.

  3. Pamieu
    May 20, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Another one where u can register and select the charity to whom u want to give the profit of ur researches. There are some green charities:

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  4. Larissa
    April 8, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Thank you for mentioning Should you have any questions, please send me a note on Twitter/GreenLC or contact us through the email list on our site.

    Kind regards,

    • Saikat
      April 9, 2009 at 6:25 am

      Thank you for dropping by and adding your comments :)

  5. Charles Knight
    March 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I would have added They will be moderating our Green Search panel at the AltSearchEngines Day II conference - with GreenMaven and Truevert.

    Charles Knight, editor

  6. Ryan @greenmaven
    March 25, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for mentioning us. If anyone has any questions or feedback about our site, send us an email at or DM us on twitter @greenmaven

    • Saikat
      March 26, 2009 at 12:09 am

      You are welcome...

  7. Jane
    March 24, 2009 at 4:07 am

    Thanks for the interesting article. It's always nice to see efforts like this. What I would also like to see is some research backing up these claims, too.

    It's great what we can do with a little creativity. These are low-pressure options anyone can use. The rice site comes across as another example (getting users to play vocabulary games that end up donating rice to people who need it).

    For the above: IMspeak's about as impressive as 1337 is these days. In other words, don't. :)

  8. D--RR--M
    March 24, 2009 at 8:41 am


  9. Jams
    March 23, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    how about not buying into to the agw bs ? what a joke of a power grab. yes be smart and do not pollute if you can help it but this greenmania is rediculous.

  10. Jake
    March 23, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    What about Blackle?
    The energy-saving version of Google?

    • Thomas
      March 23, 2009 at 6:57 pm

      I just wanted to leave the same comment :)

    • Jake
      March 24, 2009 at 1:14 am


    • Saikat
      March 26, 2009 at 12:16 am

      According to some reports which I read while trawling the net (of course I don't know how substantiated they are), the energy savings of Blackle are quite small. The whole thing was a bit vague. There's a Wikipedia entry too, if one is interested to check it out.

    • Jake
      July 10, 2009 at 8:41 am

      I've heard the same as Saikat. Apparently the difference in black-screens is pretty well nothing when using modern monitors, but it can make a difference if you have an ineffient box-type monitor. Since most people don't have those, Blackle is basically a joke. It would have been great 10 years ago though.