Sunlight streams through the forest canopy at Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow.
Nan Weston Preserve Tree Canopy Sunlight streams through the forest canopy at Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow. © Jason Whalen

Protecting and Expanding Forests Around the Globe

As the largest plant on the planet, trees and forests cover about 30 percent of Earth’s land surface. They give us oxygen, improve air quality, conserve water and much more. Their importance to the environment, as well as human beings and wildlife is invaluable.

For Earth Month 2019, Microsoft and The Nature Conservancy teamed up to help plant trees and restore forests globally. Supporting TNC’s Plant a Billion Trees program, Microsoft helped in several ways:

Help Us Plant a Billion Trees

Plant Your Tree
  • For every eligible device recycled from April 1-28, Microsoft helped TNC plant 25 trees, up to $25,000. 
  • For every qualifying Surface or PC purchased from April 18-22, Microsoft helped TNC plant 5 trees, up to $25,000. 
  • When Microsoft Rewards members donated to TNC to help plant trees, Microsoft doubled their donation throughout April. If you weren't a member, Microsoft gave you a free $1 to donate.
  • Working together with SilviaTerra, Microsoft and TNC are helping to protect the health of our forests. Find your forest at Microsoft’s Tree Potential Project.

In total, Microsoft helped plant over 250,000 trees in just one month. You can help restore even more forests today by planting a tree through our Plant a Billion Trees program. 

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TNC and Microsoft have a long-standing partnership that includes the use of Azure and intelligent cloud tools to power TNC’s work on coastal resilience and its digital transformation as an organization. Additionally, the two organizations have utilized transformational technology through campaigns including Minecraft and Upgrade Your World.