Sustainable Environment
 
Climate change represents one of the biggest challenges of our time.  To find solutions to present and future conservation challenges we invest globally to inform policy development and support community response.  Locally, we are empowering individuals to take action for a greener future.
 
Greening Australia
Greening Australia is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the management and restoration of native vegetation in Australia.  Greening Australia has always had a strong community focus, believing that real landscape change can only occur with widespread community support. Greening Australia and Alcoa have worked in partnership on a range of environmental improvement programs since 1982.
 
With the support of the Alcoa Foundation and Greening Australia, a modified version of Alcoa's successful sustainability program Make an Impact was shared with the community through a pilot program in Anglesea. The Make an Impact program in Anglesea, launched in February 2011, focused on building community resilience to Climate Change. The program complemented existing community programs and involved groups such as Anglesea and District Community House, Surf Coast Shire, Barwon Regional Waste Management Group, Barwon Water, and the State Government, along with the Anglesea community.
 
www.alcoa.com/makeanimpact/australia/en/home.asp
 
 
Parks Victoria
Alcoa has a unique agreement with Parks Victoria which allows government and industry to jointly manage and protect the Anglesea Heath non-mining part of Alcoa Anglesea’s lease and ensures that this important area is protected.
 
It is the first case in Australia where a conservation agency and a mining company have come together to form a cooperative partnership to manage an area for biodiversity conservation.
The Anglesea Heath is one of the most diverse and spectacular areas for flora, fauna, scenery and wildlife in Victoria, with approximately one quarter of the total Victorian flora existing within a relatively small area.
 
Parks Victoria, Alcoa Anglesea and the local community have shown a strong interest in the Anglesea Heath and their commitment was the key behind the Anglesea Heath Cooperative Agreement and Management Plan, which was published in November 2002.
 
As well as employing an Environmental Scientist to work specifically on land management, Alcoa Anglesea also funds a Parks Victoria Ranger to implement the strategies and actions of this Management Plan, including the protection of threatened species, track rationalisation and rehabilitation.
 
www.parkweb.vic.gov.au 
 
 
Barwon Water
In 2004 Alcoa Anglesea and Point Henry formed a partnership with Barwon Water to develop and implement a Water Management Action Plan. The plant wide initiative included a review of current water consumption, developed a coordinated approach to raising awareness, improved water management procedures, investigated alternative water sources and initiated strategies focused on water conservation.
 
In 2007, Alcoa, the Alcoa Foundation and Barwon Water commenced a new partnership aimed at sustainable water use, under the banner of the ‘Alcoa Water Conservation Fund’.  Sustainable water use is a key goal for Alcoa, Barwon Water and the drought affected greater Geelong community. Alcoa and Barwon Water have worked together to deliver a greater level of water supply security and sustainability for the community’s assets through innovative recycled water projects and facilities.
 
In 2008, a 2.5km pipeline was turned on linking Connewarre Reserve with Class C recycled water from the Black Rock water reclamation plant.  The reserve is a valuable community resource and will now be protected using the recycled water in the face of drought conditions. This will ensure that the ground can continue to accommodate local cricket, football and soccer training and competition. Read more...
 
www.barwonwater.vic.gov.au 
 






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