• Environment


Environmental partners and programs


Each year, about one-third of our investments are made in support of initiatives in sustainable design, the protection and restoration of natural resources, waste and emissions reduction, and training environmental ambassadors.


10 million trees

Recognizing the essential role of trees in the biosphere and the importance of biodiversity, Alcoa set an objective in 2013 to plant 10 million trees worldwide by 2020.


Tree Canada is helping Alcoa reach this objective, and that is why Alcoa Global Primary Products joined the organization’s Greening Canada’s School Grounds program. Do you know a school with a greening project? Go to Tree Canada, which has helped us plant trees in each of our regions since 2012.


Each year, our smelters distribute nearly 5,000 trees to their employees and local organizations. For more information on the global initiatives of Alcoa’s 10 Million Trees program

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Alcoa Foundation has developed many other sustainability partnerships:

Organizations dedicated to water management:



Environmental Ambassadors


To develop the next generation of environmental ambassadors among students and teachers in our communities, as well as among Alcoa employees, Alcoa Foundation has teamed up with three global organizations. In 2014, four Québec teachers and two students of Alcoa employees participated in these programs, which bring together people from the four corners of the world.


Earthwatch Institute: Alcoa employees discover the world of research

A one-week expedition to a foreign country for 25 Alcoa employees to take part in field research with scientists, learn more about sustainability, mingle with colleagues from around the world, and return with a community project.


Keystone Institute: Teachers train in Colorado

One-week training in environmental education in Colorado enables some 30 teaches to return to their classrooms with educational tools. Interested in going? Application form available in February and March.


NatureBridge: Youth explore US national parks

A two-week adventure in a US national park allowing for some 50 students aged 16-18 to discover environmental science. Interested in going? Application form available in February and March.