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This Earth Day, we're celebrating thousands of new breathing machines

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SJC Team

SJC's partnership with Trees for Life extends our first-of-its-kind Partners in Growth® program and a 33-year commitment that has planted millions of trees across Canada. For every ton of paper we print on behalf of our clients and SJC Media magazines, we contribute to the planting of a tree by Trees for Life.Trees for Life is a national charity we are proud to partner with in support of their mission to create a healthier, happier Canada by planting native trees where we live, work and play. Over the past year, our Partners in Growth® program has helped to plant 20,000 such trees. Here is a look at a few of those tree planting projects we are honoured to support.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences

Toronto, ON

The inaugural project honouring frontline health workers who bravely led us through the pandemic and worked tirelessly for our health and well-being was done at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Bayview location), in Toronto, ON. This planting effort marks the start of a collaboration between Trees for Life and Sunnybrook that will see up to 600 new trees planted on their grounds as a part of this project. SJC associates came out and provided extra support by helping to get these trees in the ground. Trees for Life also helped to create a memorial to people who lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.Photo credit: Kevin VanPaassen

McLeod Lake Indian Band, Little Trees - Big Trees Reforestation Project

McLeod Lake, BC

The McLeod Lake Indian Band (MLIB) are members of the Tse’Khene people, known leaders in Indigenous-led conservation. Much of their reserve lands have been devastated by spruce beetle infestation. To restore the land, and ensure sustainability, the community is planting 6 million spruce and pine seedlings over 3,750 hectares. The Little Trees-Big Treesproject also benefits wildlife, water retention, recreation, aesthetics, and fiber assets for future generations. TFL funded the planting of 200,000 trees in 2022.Photo credit: McLeod Lake Indian Band

Little Forests Kingston

Kingston area, Ontario

Little Forests Kingston promotes a shift from planting trees for ornamental landscapes to planting forests as flourishing biodiverse Indigenous ecosystems. Their approach is inspired by Dr. Akira Miyawaki, whose method condenses the typical time it takes to create a forest from 150 years into 15-20 years. Trees for Life provided funding to add over 2,300 newtrees at various sites within the community. Photo credit: Little Forests Kingston

City of Guelph

In 2022, TFL began a new partnership with the City of Guelph. Trees for Life provided funding that added almost 5,000 new trees to various locations across the city in participation with local volunteers and organizations.Photo credit City of Guelph Environmental - New Brunswick Provincial Park Restoration

New Brunswick provincial parks endured significant damage from Hurricane Dorian and invasive insects over the past few years. In 2022 TFL provided Replant with additional funding to support their hurricane crisis response to plant another 100K trees in NB Provincial Parks. Photo credit: McMaster

Carbon Sink Forest Initiative

West Hamilton, Ontario

This initiative is developing a model forest where 1,000 native tree species will be planted to facilitate maximum carbon sink capabilities while also promoting and preserving biodiversity, sustainability, and conservation. A team of faculty and students will track the growth and health of each tree for years to come and share this data with other researchers working to grow carbon sink forests in Canada and worldwide. Planting started in 2021 and will continue into 2023. TFL funded the planting of 900 trees.

Combined, these trees will continue to make a lasting positive impact for decades to come, providing unmatched benefits to our communities, our health and our planet. As Trees for Life President Mark Cullen explains, "the trees we plant today will not provide substantial cooling and other environmentally beneficial services for 20 to 30 years, reaching their peak of productivity around 2050. In other words, our investment in urban trees today will maximize their impact on climate change when our grandchildren are reaching their height of productivity in the world, likely with children of their own."

Those 20,000 most recently planted trees through Partners in Growth®? They will absorb over 9,000 tons of CO2 in the first 50 years of their lifespan. That represents an average of 180 tons of CO2 per year – the equivalent of taking 39 passenger vehicles off the road.

Contact us to learn how you can contribute to tree-planting projects across Canada as an SJC Print "partner in growth."

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