Our practices to help protect the environment include
Electronic donor screening
The transition to a paperless pre-donation Donor History Questionnaire reduced our use of donor forms annually from about 220,000 to 2,000. (We now use paper forms only on rare occasions when electronic systems aren't available.)
Reducing use of BioWaste containers
By changing our process for disposing needles used in the donation process, we saw a significant reduction in our need for non-reusable plastic BioWaste containers.
Renewable and clean energy
Some of our mobile collection units are fifth-wheel trailers with an interior set up with donor registration, screening areas, and donation chairs. These energy efficient trailers use renewable and clean energy (solar and propane) for heating, cooling, and electricity.
Our work spaces feature containers for recycling of paper, bottles, and cans.
Donating used equipment and furniture
In a recent update of our office furniture, our Facilities team coordinated donations of our used (but still usable) items to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and provided the opportunity for employees to take used equipment home (rather than send to landfill).
Our (extensive) training modules and documentation, as well as forms we use in Human Resources, are handled in the paperless environment of Title21 and Dayforce.
Electronic gift cards
We are pleased to offer gift cards in our donor promotions, but we have greatly reduced sending plastic gift cards through the mail, switching to electronic gift cards instead.
Give Back & Go Green
In March 2022, we are launching our first-ever "Give Back & Go Green" promotion, working with the National Forest Foundation to plant trees in U.S. National Forests on behalf of every donor who gives blood from March 21 to May 15, 2022.