November 04, 2013

Carmélia de Castro School inaugurates the Saber & Sabor Sustainable Bakery


Project introduced in a partnership with the Instituto Alcoa guarantees funds for the institution and courses for students and the community


Poços de Caldas can be proud of having a model project in sustainability: the Saber & Sabor [Knowledge & Taste] Sustainable Bakery of the Professor Carmélia de Castro Municipal School. Set up by way of a partnership between the Instituto Alcoa, which donated R$ 20,000, the Municipal Administration, Emater MG (Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company of Minas Gerais) and Unifal (Federal University of Alfenas), the bakery adopts all the concepts of sustainable production.

The bakery was inaugurated on October 31 in the presence of the school’s students and directors, in addition to representatives from the project’s partners, among them Marcos Ramos, President of Alcoa’s Global Primary Products Group for Latin America and the Caribbean; Og Bernardi, the Director of Alcoa’s unit in Poços de Caldas de Caldas; Eloísio do Carmo Lourenço, the city’s mayor; Nizar El-Khatib, the deputy mayor; Maria Cláudia Prézia Machado, Education Secretary; Péricles Marques, from  Emater MG, and Alexandre Silveira from Unifal.

The event was opened by the school’s principal, Rosane Costa, who talked about the importance of the Sustainable Bakery. “It’s a very complex and complete project, which has brought countless benefits to the school and the community”, the principal emphasized. “In addition to guaranteeing income for the school through the sale of products, it has allowed for the development of courses for students and their family members and for the dissemination of sustainable technologies in agriculture among the region’s farmers, since they were responsible for the whole of the process for setting up the rainwater collection, composting and solar energy systems”.

Marcos Ramos remembered that the inauguration came at the end of the Worldwide Month of Service in the community at Alcoa’s unit in Poços de Caldas, an event that was celebrated by more than 60,000 company employees worldwide, and he talked about the importance of the project. “We’re experiencing a holistic and profound moment. State of the art technologies are being used in this project that have been studied by scientists in various countries. It’s not just a bakery project, but the practice of the sustainability concept, including working with the community, the generation of income, education, and encouragement for sustainable farming practices. As a representative of one of the partners in the project and someone who comes from Poços de Caldas I’m a very proud man”. 

In closing the event, mayor Eloísio do Carmo Lourenço once more thanked Emater MG, Unifal and Alcoa for their partnerships. “The collaboration of private initiative is always welcome, because government cannot solve all the demands of the city alone”. The mayor believes that Alcoa sets a good example when it fulfills its social role as a company.


About the sustainable bakery

The sustainable bakery project includes setting up a composting operation for producing organic fertilizer, a rainwater collection system for the green vegetable garden, the produce from which is used in making tidbits, and the installation of a solar energy system using PET bottles for heating the water in the bakery’s faucets. In addition to producing and selling bread, donuts, cheese bread and a variety of cookies, courses are offered to students and the community. Currently, a group of 12 8th and 9th grade elementary school students are doing the Bread-making Course.


About Alcoa


Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the twelfth consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees.  This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.


In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In 2013 it was considered the most sustainable company in its industry and in the category of Relationship with Suppliers of the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. In the same year, it was recognized for the twelfth time as one of the Best Companies to Work and for the second consecutive year the Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow Alcoa on Facebook at


About the Alcoa Instituto


Established in 1990, the mission of the Alcoa Instituto is to generate a legacy of sustainability in the communities in which Alcoa operates, through strategic and articulated projects that value and strengthen their potential. The Institute works with programs and actions that encourage corporate voluntary work, among which are ACTION, BRAVO!, Green Works, World Community Services Month program, the Program for Supporting Local Projects and its signature program, known as the ECOA (Community Environmental Education) Program, in partnership with CIEDS [Integrated Center for Sustainable Development Studies and Programs]. The areas considered to be a priority for actions or community projects are education, health, the environment, safety, governance, work and income. Since 1995, the Alcoa Institute, along with the Alcoa Foundation, has invested around R$ 100 million in more than 1,900 projects, which have benefited 39 Brazilian cities and involved more than 1.4 million hours of voluntary work.