Ten Million Trees
 
‘Ten Million Trees’ was launched on Earth Day back in 2003.  As part of our response to global climate change, ‘Ten Million Trees’ aims to plant ten million new trees by 2020.

The program counts and recognises the trees personally planted by Alcoa employees worldwide.  These trees are planted in addition to those used in revegetation programs that Alcoa undertakes as part of our regular mine rehabilitation programs.

The ten million new trees will absorb more than 250,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year during their lifetime.
 
‘Ten Million Trees’ grew from Alcoa’s successful ‘One Million Trees’ program which began in 1998 with the goal of Alcoa employees planting a million trees within 10 years.  Employees, contractors and their families, at more than 140 Alcoa locations in 20 countries, raced to the goal in half the time expected. It was then that Alcoa raised the bar, to create the ‘Ten Million Trees’ program.

Throughout the world, Alcoa employees plant trees at home, in parks (with appropriate permission), or at other places that are of special significance for individuals or communities.

Alcoa in the United States conducts a tree census each December, and locations around the world report on the number of trees planted during the year as part of the program.
 
In Australia …
Here in Australia, our people have demonstrated their commitment to the community and the environment – getting on board with the ‘Ten Million Trees’ program through a number of volunteering initiatives.

Tree Planting Weekends
In 2009, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Alcoa Tree Planting Weekends. For the 17 latter years, around 50 Alcoa employees and their family members spent a weekend, working alongside the Wooroloo Brook Land Conservation District Committee in the Wooroloo Brook Catchment in Northam, near Perth. 
 
On average each year, the Alcoa volunteers plant more than 30,000 trees across the two days.  The work undertaken by these Alcoa volunteers has been fundamental in the rehabilitation and revegetation of the stream zones which drain into the Wooroloo Brook, and ultimately Perth’s precious Swan River.

All the trees planted over the Alcoa Tree Planting Weekends since 2003 have been counted towards the ‘Ten Million Trees’ goal.

“The Alcoa Tree Planting Weekends are a great opportunity to get out with Alcoans from other sites and give something back to the community and the environment.
 
“The weekend gave me a real sense of achievement and satisfaction because we were doing something that will help ensure our unique native fauna are around for my grandkids to see.
 
“Despite the weather, there was a real sense of teamwork and lots of motivation to get all those seedlings in the ground!
 
“Tree planting is very therapeutic; it is like a form of meditation!”
- Environmental Scientist at Alcoa’s Huntly Mine, Anika Wall.
 
Employee Day of Trees
Alcoa’s Employee Day of Trees continues to see hundreds of back gardens in Western Australia receive new bursts of life.  On the Employee Day of Trees, which happens annually, every employee in Western Australia is given two native seedlings to plant in their own environment.
 
"I've worked for Alcoa for 10 years and my half acre has a wide variety of Alcoa trees that I received through the annual Employee Day of Trees. Some of the trees are quite big now!

"People like me tend to get a bit of an Alcoa tree collection happening and at the same time we are helping the environment, so it's a win-win." - WA Operations Controller, Justin Fennessy.
 
Month of Service
Each October Alcoa holds a worldwide ‘Month of Service’ to recognise and encourage employee volunteering.  During Month of Service volunteering events are held in over 200 Alcoa communities, in 33 countries, as we partner with local organisations to make a real and lasting impact.  On average each year, more than 7000 trees are planted by our Australian employees and community members during Month of Service.

Read more about Alcoa volunteers in the community.

Read more about 'Ten Million Trees' around the world
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Alcoa volunteers are part of the solution to climate change


Pinjarra employee Clive Hebbard with wife Fien


Wagerup employee Simon Gladman (right) with friend Len


Kwinana employee Damian Sparr with partner Lisa


Huntly Mine employee Anika Wall with husband Gavin



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