NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In recognition of United Nations World Population Day, Alcoa Foundation today announced that nearly 20,000 Alcoa (NYSE: AA) employees around the world volunteered during the Company’s second annual Green Works campaign to reduce their carbon footprint, recycle to save energy and plant trees to replenish the earth.
Increasing participation by more than 45%, Alcoa employees participated in 275 community service projects during the two-month global volunteering initiative, which was created to support the Company’s environmental programs and celebrate international environmental holidays like Arbor Day, Earth Day and World Environment Day.
“As we consider the immediate and future benefits of our community service efforts, Green Works becomes a meaningful reflection of Alcoa Inc’s new vision: ‘Alcoa. Advancing each generation,’” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “Through our products, practices and people, Alcoa seeks to have a positive impact on society. Community service is a key element of this philosophy. On World Population Day, we want to raise awareness once again about preservation and restoration and demonstrate how effective we can be when we work together. Our actions add up to sustainable change,” Davis said.
Impacts Achieved during 2012 Green Works:
- Planted more than 60,000 trees to support Alcoa’s Ten Million Trees campaign
- Recycled 45,500 pounds of electronics, preventing toxic materials from entering landfills
- Recycled 30,000 pounds of aluminum cans, enough to make almost a million new cans
- Led nearly 120 environment workshops to show young people how to preserve the planet
- Rehabilitated more than 100 rivers, parks and recreation areas
Regional Highlights of 2012 Green Works:
In China, Japan and South Korea, Alcoa employees partnered with government officials, community-based organizations, and academic institutions to collect litter, plant more than 1,200 trees and educate students about wildlife protection.
Alcoa of Australia and Greening Australia celebrated their 30-year partnership by hosting several community tree plantings, distributing native seedlings to employees and clearing debris along the coast.
Across Brazil, Alcoa employees and community members planted trees at public schools, educated youth about how to protect the environment, beautified parks and implemented recycling programs.
In support of the Ten Million Trees program, 4,200 trees were distributed to employees, and a water conservation awareness campaign was launched at the Deschambault Smelter.
Through more than 25 service projects across Europe, Alcoa employees improved parks, schools and recreations areas, planted trees and educated the next generation about energy efficiency.
Jamalco partnered with Protect the Environment Trust and Hear the Children Cry to launch an on-site recycling program. This recycling project will provide employment for residents in Kingston, Jamaica.
More than 600 employees “greened” their community by volunteering to clean a beach, landscape the grounds at local schools and social centers, and plant trees in recognition of the annual Moscow Parks Festival.
Across the U.S., employees, their families and friends participated in environmental workshops, electronic recycling drives and tree plantings with local nature conservatories.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$446 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$550 million since 1952. In 2011, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and educating tomorrow’s leaders. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2011, a record 56 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,200 events across 24 countries, reaching 81,000 children, serving 9,000 meals, planting 34,000 trees and supporting 1,800 nonprofit organizations. More information can be found at www.alcoafoundation.com.
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for ten consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.