October 4, 2011

Alcoa and Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest for a blue and green Lachine Canal

  • Presentation of a surprise grant of $10,000 for planting trees and bushes as part of the Le Canal Lachine prend son envol project
  • More than 50 Alcoa volunteers cleaned up the banks of the Lachine Canal in collaboration with Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest

On Sunday October 2, the 19th annual cleanup of the Lachine Canal was held. This project, known as Le Canal Lachine prend son envol, is organized by Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest. Working on foot, the project team and some 50 volunteers from Alcoa cleaned up the banks of the Lachine Canal, from the Peel Basin to the Saint-Gabriel lock, removing wind-blown and current-driven litter from an area used by birds and several species of fish. It was also an ideal opportunity to make users aware of the need to keep the canal clean.
As well as taking part in a concrete gesture to improve the Montreal environment, the Alcoa team used the occasion to launch its 6th Worldwide Month of Service. On this same weekend, five other Alcoa volunteer work parties were at work across Canada. Six organizations thus benefited from a total of 400 hours of service. Each organization also received a grant of $3,000 thanks to the company’s ACTION volunteer-support program. While presenting this grant to Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest, Pierre Morin, President of Alcoa Canada, announced a surprise supplementary grant of $10,000 from Alcoa Foundation for the Le Canal Lachine prend son envol project.
“We are proud to announce this surprise grant because it supports the volunteer work of our employees in improving the banks of the Lachine Canal. This grant will pay for tree-planting next spring, a project that will contribute to meeting the objectives of Alcoa’s Ten Million Trees initiative. This is a good example of a concrete gesture for our community that underscores our continued commitment to sustainable development,” said Pierre Morin, President of Alcoa Canada.
The Canal Lachine prend son envol project is an initiative of Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest, in partnership with Parks Canada, SOVERDI, the Comité ZIP Ville-Marie, Home Depot, Evergreen, Mountain Equipment Coop, and H2O Aventures. The project’s goal is to make users of the area aware of the impact of pollution on the environment, and of the importance of maintaining and increasing the biodiversity of animals and plants in and around the canal. For more information on this project, or to participate, visit www.lecanallachineprendsonenvol.blogspot.com.
For Nicole Bastien, Director of Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest, “Alcoa Foundation’s contribution will enhance what the Canal Lachine prend son envol project will accomplish in the coming year, notably in increasing animal and plant biodiversity on the canal, while also improving the quality of life of citizens living in affected boroughs. This grant will allow us to extend the green zone along the Lachine Canal by planting groves of native trees and bushes, which will attract pollinators and birds. Citizens will also be able to learn about various species of little-known trees and bushes encountered all along the canal through a permanent interpretation site dedicated to Canadian flora.”
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$436 million. Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In addition to responding to local needs identified by Alcoa communities, Alcoa Foundation seeks to find solutions to broader sustainability issues, like climate change. In 2010, the Foundation awarded over US$825,000 in grants to organizations in communities where Alcoa Canada’s facilities are located. Its impact is magnified by the commitment of Alcoa’s employees in Canada who have devoted over 200,000 hours of service to 200 organizations in the course of the past five years. All four Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products plants have achieved certification under Recyc-Québec’s ICI ON RECYCLE! program. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com/canada under Community.
About Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest
Since November 1996, Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest (PVSO), an organization dedicated to environmental education and promotion, aims at furthering and defending the quality of life of citizens in and around the Southwest Borough. For further information on our activities, or to participate, visit www.lecanallachineprendsonenvol.org.



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