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alcoa, barwon water: in partnership to ‘make an impact’ on climate change
A program that originated to help Alcoa employees become part of the solution to climate change is being shared with the wider community starting in Geelong, Victoria.

‘Make an Impact’, which was founded by the Alcoa Foundation and Greening Australia in 2006 to help Alcoans reduce their personal greenhouse footprint, has taken on its first ‘Associate’ in Barwon Water.

Make an Impact is a program that aims to change the way people think in our carbon constrained world. It includes: access to an online energy use calculator that provides users with customised action plans to help them reduce their water and energy use; regular workshops run by ‘green experts’; and take-home Toolkits with corresponding activity worksheets to get the kids involved.

As a Make an Impact ‘Associate’, Barwon Water employees now have access to the program’s resources - enabling greater positive environmental change at an individual level within the Geelong community.

The program also includes a comprehensive website that is accessible to anyone with the Internet, which features a range of carbon reduction tips to help individuals make changes at home, while on the move, at the shops, in the garden and at work.  Featuring discussion about the impact of climate change worldwide, and facts about Australia’s greenhouse footprint, the website is also a useful resource for school students and can be accessed at
Barwon Water General Manager Capital Projects and Greenhouse Paul Northey said Make an Impact was in line with the corporation’s values, which included a commitment to environmental sustainability.

“Barwon Water as an organisation has set targets to reduce emissions and has greenhouse gas reduction programs in place through our Greenhouse Strategy,” Mr Northey said.

“Make an Impact complements these actions by giving employees the chance to implement change in their homes, as well as at work.”

Currently more than 1400 Alcoa employees in Australia are part of Make an Impact, making simple and practical changes to their homes and lifestyles.

Alcoa and Greening Australia have plans to bring on board more Make an Impact ‘Associates’ across the country.

Barwon Water’s launch of Make an Impact to its employees, follows Alcoa’s launch of Make an Impact Toolkits* in Victoria and WA. Moolap Primary School in Geelong, and Pinjarra Primary School in WA were the first schools to take ownership of Make an Impact Toolkits. The Toolkits are the latest initiative to be launched under Alcoa’s Connecting with Schools education program.

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Natalie Cook (Greening Australia), Stuart Esdale (Operations Manager, Alcoa Point Henry) & Paul Northy (Barwon Water)

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Greening Australia's Jim Robinson with students from Moolap Primary School in Geelong

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The Make an Impact Toolkit

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