In addition to saving lives here along Florida’s Gulf Coast, SunCoast Blood Centers is the only blood center to be certified Green. We plant a tree for every blood donation we receive. We are partnering with Forestmatic, an organization that is planting 4 million trees over the next 3 years. The impact of this global initiative is to offset 2,530 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) by the end of 2022 .
As Florida’s only certified-green blood center, our commitment to sustainability and the environment is unquestionable. Our new Lakewood Ranch headquarters was built with the environment in mind using LEED certified paint products, LEED certified lighting, specialized window treatment to reduce heat. We also have offer recycling on all or our Bloodmobiles and Donate@Home Mobile Units.
As part of our global commitment, we provide blood to the U.S. Military in Europe and the Middle East. We also partner with local veterans’ groups and we support the U.S. Southern Command’s Warrior Care Program. This program which is based at Tampa’s MacDill AFB serves those elite soldiers, airmen and seals who have been injured in action. As part of our global impact, we have sent blood products to the Bahamas and we’ve partnered with the Global Blood Fund to send blood collection supplies to the Ukraine and neighboring European nations.