partnering stronger communities
 
alcoa foundation advancing sustainability in australia 
 
An important aspect of Alcoa’s presence in Victoria is our partnership program through which we aim to build community strength and resilience.
 
In 2011 the Alcoa Foundation invested over $1.4 million US dollars into communities in which Alcoa operates through a variety of programs:

  • Not for profit partnership grants $876,000
  • ACTION grants $171,000
  • BRAVO grants $302,000
  • Disaster Relief grants $70,000
  • Month of Service Surprise Grant $10,000

In 2012 Alcoa of Australia marks 30 years in partnership with Greening Australia. The Alcoa Foundation will continue working towards a sustainable environment with Greening Australia, our signature environmental partner. The Foundation is supporting the environmental stewardship program, Make an Impact; land restoration projects; and two research projects: “harnessing bioenergy markets to build resilient landscapes” in Victoria and “phosphorous management to protect RAMSAR wetlands” in the Peel Harvey catchment in Western Australia.
 
The Foundation is also assisting Timehelp, which supports the education of children by arranging for retired Alcoans to volunteer help in primary schools in Yennora and Geelong (to expand in 2012 to include Kwinana) and is continuing the ‘Don’t Waste It, Recycle It’ program in Victoria with Barwon Regional Waste Management and the South West Regional Waste Management. This important public place recycling program will help drive greater recycling in the community.
 
Through the support of the Alcoa Foundation the award winning WA Museum’s Frogwatch program will extend its reach into primary school classrooms in WA with new educational tools to help kids identify and protect native frogs in the region.
 
New Alcoa Foundation partners in 2012 include:
 
A partnership with Millennium Kids Inc to work with children and young people in the communities of Geelong, Mandurah and Yennora to develop a series of Doing More With Less projects that address waste issues in the local community. This project aims to reactivate dormant recycling and waste minimisation knowledge and action in Australian schools and turn it into proactive, locally driven youth led projects. There’s a great opportunity here to link the new Australian curriculum areas to projects in sustainability education.
 
A new partnership has also been established with Planet Ark to support the ‘Recycling Near You’ program that provides a website and free telephone help desk. This explains how and where you can recycle any item, including aluminium.
 
Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million to strengthen communities and support non-governmental organisations that focus on the environment, education and workforce development.
 
For more information about Alcoa Foundation visit www.alcoa.com/foundation.

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WA Museum’s award winning Frogwatch program