October 5, 2011

Alcoa Foundation and the CAPSA: sustainable partnership and concrete action for the environment

  • A $25,000 grant is awarded to the CAPSA for the plantation of 6,500 trees, 2,000 shrubs, and 100 seed trees along the La Chevrotière River.
  • Eighty students from the Saint-Marc secondary school participate in a shrub plantation activity and school field trip for the environment.

The Alcoa aluminum smelter in Deschambault is proud to give $25,000 to the CAPSA, through Alcoa Foundation and the Global Releaf organization, in the framework of Alcoa’s 10 Million Trees project. Thanks to this support, the organization will develp a vegetated and biologically diverse corridor of 7 kilometres on the banks of the La Chevrotière River. A total of 6,500 trees, 2,000 shrubs, and 100 seed trees will be planted to reduce bank erosion and soil loss in the waterways, among other things.
The CAPSA’s interventions will also support fish habitats by ensuring protection against avian predators and providing shade so that the water may remain cool. A vegetated shore also constitutes a refuge for many birds and certain mammals.
Environmental education
In addition to announcing their partnership this Wednesday, October 5, Alcoa and the CAPSA met on the riverbanks with 80 first-year secondary school students from the Saint-Marc secondary school to plant shrubs and participate in a school field trip designed to sensitize the participants to the environment. Thanks to the collaboration of the Deschambault aluminum smelter, the Union des producteurs agricoles, and students from the INRS, the participants were able to benefit from educational workshops on integrated water management in agricultural environments, covering areas such as shrub plantation along the riparian strip of the La Chevrotière River, spawn site planning, water quality analysis, and the use of technology to benefit rivers, all designed to enlighten them on issues linked to the development and protection of waterways.
“The CAPSA’s project is directly in line with values that are important to Alcoa and Alcoa’s employees. In addition to promoting reforestation and preserving nature, it sensitizes future generations to environmental issues. This is a concrete gesture for sustainable development! We are therefore delighted to support an organization that, like our company, is committed to making a difference for the environment,” explained Martin Brière, General Manager of the Alcoa aluminum smelter in Deschambault.
Note that the CAPSA is among 22 organizations throughout the world and three Canadian bodies that were selected to accomplish their projects in the framework of the 10 Million Trees project, an initiative stemming from a partnership between Alcoa Foundation and the Global Releaf organization. This announcement was made in the framework of the 6th edition of Worldwide Month of Service and appears in the list of roughly 30 activities planned in October in Canadian communities where Alcoa is present. Over half of the employees will make a concrete gesture for his or her community.
The aluminum smelter in Deschambault has a team of 500 employees producing over 250,000 metric tons of aluminum per year. In addition to the Deschambault smelter, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products (GPP Canada) is comprised, in Québec, of the Baie-Comeau and Bécancour smelters, as well as the Bécancour Rod Plant. These four plants have an annual production capacity of roughly one million metric tons of ingots, castings, billets and aluminum rods. GPP Canada employs close to 3,200 people and its activities generate over $1.2 billion in economic spin-offs annually in Québec. More information can be found at at www.alcoa.com/canada.
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.