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Alcoa mines bauxite in a unique and highly valued area of Western Australia. To retain access to these reserves we believe that our mining rehabilitation practices must be the world’s best and continue to exceed public and regulatory expectations.
 
Our history of successful custodianship has been recognised nationally and internationally.
 
We have received:
• United Nations Environmental Programme Global 500 Roll of Honour (1990);
• Golden Gecko Awards in1992, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2007
• Society for Ecological Restoration (SERI) International Model Project Award (2003).
 
We remain the only mining company in the world to have ever received the United Nations’s endorsement.
 
The benefits of this work are multiple, not just in returning self-sustaining jarrah forest, but by sharing our knowledge with the wider community and our peers in the resource sector.
 
Sharing our knowledge, activities, research and advances is a key objective and is accomplished in several ways:
 
• Tours and Visits: More than 8,000 people visit our mines each year. These include school groups, the general public, university students and lecturers, and visiting staff from other industries.
 
• Conferences and Workshops: Alcoa staff regularly present the findings of their research at conferences and workshops both within Australia and overseas on environmental topics in the mining industry and also in related areas such as Landcare.
 
• Publications: Alcoa’s environmental staff publish research findings either in scientific journals, conferences/workshop proceedings or as Alcoa research notes and bulletins.  We have published more than 100 refereed journal papers and book chapters, 56 Alcoa Research Notes and Bulletins and more than 100 printed conference papers.
 
• Universities and other Research Institutes: We have strong links to all of WA’s universities and to other research institutes such as CSIRO and Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
 
• Alcoa environmental staff have supervised or co-supervised about 100 honours, masters and Ph.D. students over the years. Alcoa also financially supports these projects which provide important research information and valuable experience for students.
 
All environmental management courses in Western Australian universities include at least one visit to Alcoa’s mine rehabilitation operations. Several courses also include one or more lectures from Alcoa environmental staff.
 
There are other opportunities to share our knowledge with local schools and communities through support of environmental initiatives such as recycling, dieback management, feral animal control, tree planting plus native flora and fauna education.
 
Our environmental employees’ involvement through school visits and participation at community events and meetings can facilitate the spread of knowledge at a local level in our neighbouring communities. Alcoa’s employee volunteering efforts can also further support environmental initiatives through Alcoa Foundation ACTION grants. The ACTION program provides both financial and practical ‘hands on’ assistance for community projects.
 


Open Day.

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Sharing our knowledge, activities, research advances is a key objective and is accomplished in many ways including mine community open days.

DRJ Trial Day.

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Alcoa give Dieback Resistant Jarrah Seedlings to local community groups to road test in their local parks and reserves.