Blood Centers of America - Forestmatic
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Donate blood to save Earth and her People

Blood Centers of America has planted over 160000 trees in partnership with Forestmatic, driving 27 blood centers across the United States to gift a tree for each and every donation made during October 2022.

About the Campaign

The United States of America is in urgent need of regular and frequent blood donations across the country. Blood Centers of America is taking action by developing a campaign involving 27 not-for-profit blood centers, who will start offering volunteer blood donors a chance to plant a tree. The program will kick off in October, visit individual participating blood center websites to learn more about the start dates for each center.

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Step 1 - Visit your blood center

27 blood centers all around the United States are participating in this campaign. Find a list of all centers below.

Step 2 - Donate

Time to take action and visit your local blood center. Even better, bring your friends and family along!

Step 3 - Receive your tree

Depending on the center, your tree(s) may be shared in the moment of the donation or by email afterwards.

Logo Center Name Location
The Community Blood Center Appleton, WI
The Blood Connection Greenville, NC
Carter BloodCare Dallas, TX
Cascade Regional Blood Services Tacoma, WA
Community Blood Center Dayton, OH
Blood Bank of Delmarva Delmarva, DE
Blood Center of Northcentral Wisconsin Wausau, WI
Bloodworks Northwest Seattle, WA
Hoxworth Blood Center Cinncinatti, OH
Houchin Community Blood Bank Bakersfield, CA
ImpactLife Davenport, IA
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Gainsville, FL
LifeServe Blood Center Des Moines, IA
LifeShare Blood Center Shreveport, LA
MEDIC Regional Blood Center Knoxville, TN
Miller-Keystone Blood Center Bethlehem PA
Mississippi Blood Services Jackson, MS
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Springfield, MO
Rhode Island Blood Center Providence, RI
San Diego Blood Bank San Diego, CA
SunCoast Blood Centers Sarasota, FL
The Blood Center New Orleans, LA
Versiti Milwaukee, WC
Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center Owensboro, KY
We Are Blood Austin, TX
Northern California Community Blood Bank Eureka, CA

Tree Planting

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All trees for this campaign are planted in Uganda through Forestmatic in partnership with Kijani Forestry. The Forestmatic x Kijani Partnership has been operating for two years, planting and tracking trees across the country. Throughout our journey, generating opportunity and working with local communities has been at the essence of what we do.

High-output tree nurseries that provide diverse seedlings, agroforestry training and employment opportunities have been established. Through our partnership we have successfully digitalized over 100 farmers and their trees planted with us.

In a single growth cycle of five years, thanks to improved land management and soil sequestration, we estimate each tree to sequester 63,3 Kg of CO2e.

Trees Planted

Metric Tons of CO2e

SDGs

SDG 1
SDG 5
SDG 8
SDG 11
SGD 13
SDG 17

Northern Uganda

Planting trees in Ugunda makes a difference. Educating and supporting local communities, as well as planting trees in a historic deforestation hotspot. Press play on the map to witness the tree coverage loss in Uganda over the past decade.

Environmental & Social Impact

Beyond the environmental impact of planting 160000 trees, this campaign has also generated significant social and economic impact. As a whole, this campaign has contributed to a total of six Sustainable Development Goals.

Generating Opportunity

More than 300 farming families, about 1500 people have been involved in the planting of our 160000 trees.

Equal Opportunity

We provide an equal opportunity throughout our operations. Over 60% of people involved are female farmers.

Opportunity for Gen Z

We have 28 local youth from Gen Z working closely with us as tree trackers and nursery operators.

Education

All cooperating farmers are educated regarding planting, forestry and coppicing techniques.

Barrier to Deforestation

Working together with local communities effectively generates a barrier towards future deforestation.

Global > Local > Global

Driving global awareness to generate local impact which will combat climate change on a global scale.

+25 million miles

10128 metric tons CO2 is equivalent to 25,139,778 miles driven by an average gasoline-powered passenger vehicle.

1971 homes

10128 metric tons CO2 is equivalent to CO2 emissions from powering 1971 homes for one year.

1.2 billion smartphones

10128 metric tons CO2 is equivalent to CO2 emissions from charging 1,231,996,722 smartphones.

Partners Involved

Blood Centers of America has worked with Forestmatic to plant with Kijani Forestry for this campaign.

Greentech

Forestmatic is a a greentech startup providing digital experiences, traceability and monitoring for global tree planting operations and investments.

Planting

Forestmatic is partnered with Kijani Forestry for all tree planting operations involving local communities in Uganda.

Organizer

Blood Centers of America (BCA) represents independent community blood centers and is the largest blood supply network in the U.S. Together, our members collect and distribute over 50% of the nation’s blood supply. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood or blood products. Blood is used to help cancer patients, accident and burn victims, transplant recipients and individuals suffering from rare and chronic conditions. Regular blood donations are an essential part of maintaining a sustainable blood supply and keeping a community healthy.