May 23, 2012

Over 25,000 trees and 5,000 shrubs planted in Canada - Alcoa Foundation and the Alcoa team participate actively in the 10 Million Trees initiative

Since October 2011, over 25,000 trees and 5,000 shrubs have been planted in Canada, in collaboration with five environmental organizations, bringing the total Canadian contribution to the 10 Million Trees initiative to 97,000 planted trees, shrubs and seedlings.

Thanks to a total of US$100,000 in grants from the Alcoa Foundation and Global ReLeaf, the five following planting projects were accomplished in communities where Alcoa Canada is present:
 
  • In the Baie-Comeau region, the Organisme de bassins versants Manicouagan (OBVM) restored the vegetation around five lakes in the Manicouagan area in order to reduce the risk of erosion, avoid excessive water temperatures, regulate water levels, and filter out pollutants. In addition to protecting and restoring the aquatic plant systems, these revegetation projects also allowed sensitizing the shoreline residents to the ecological importance of their riparian land.
  • The CAPSA, an organization focused on the integrated management of a four-river watershed in the Portneuf region, completed the plantation of 6,500 trees, 2,000 shrubs and 100 seedlings along the La Chevrotière River, thus creating a wooded 3.5-kilometer corridor in an agri-environment. Eighty students from Saint-Marc high school participated in the planting efforts during an educational outing on water management organized in the framework of the project. For further information... 
  • A shoreline planting project, conducted along a river in the town of Lemieux and overseen by the Bécancour Watershed Consultative Group (GROBEC), will be completed by the end of May. This initiative will allow stabilizing over a kilometer of shoreline on the Gentilly River while improving water quality. For further information…
  • A surprise grant from the Alcoa Foundation, awarded during the 2011 Month of Service, provided the means for Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest, a Montreal-based organization, to conduct a planting activity during which over 400 trees, shrubs and seedlings were planted in collaboration with the students from St-Zotique primary school. For further information... 
  • In Ontario, Alcoa’s planting project is contributing to the creation of an oak forest in the new Glenhorchy Conservation Area (989 acres) located in a highly urbanized sector of Oakville. Over 15,000 trees were planted in two and a half days.
 
In addition to these projects, Alcoa Canada will distribute 4,200 trees to the employees of six of its plants in June, an annual tradition that began in 2001 to encourage employees to take concrete action in favour of the environment.
 
“Alcoa, Alcoa Canada and Alcoa Foundation are highly committed to securing sustainable development,” stresses Marie-Josée Alain, Coordinator of Alcoa Foundation in Canada. “In addition to contributing to attaining Alcoa’s objective to plant 10 million trees throughout the world by 2020, Alcoa Canada and its employees work year after year to implement several programs aimed at fostering environmental protection and community development. Our company’s social responsibility constitutes an important value for our employees, and all of them are proud to contribute to these efforts.”
 
About Alcoa Foundation – Canada
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$446 million. Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$550 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 2011, the Foundation supported 35 projects managed by organizations in communities where Alcoa Canada facilities are located, including five major tree planting projects. Its impact is magnified by the commitment of Alcoa employees in Canada who have contributed more than 200,000 hours of service to 200 organizations in the course of the past five years. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com/canada.


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Deschambault





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Bécancour





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Montréal





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