This has been a terrific year for Alcoa Foundation—one that clearly demonstrates the great work of our nonprofit partners and dedicated employee volunteers.
We appreciate your commitment to meeting the needs of communities across the globe in a number of strategic ways. Your passion and hard work have led to impressive outcomes. For example, our partners are training workers for skilled manufacturing and green jobs, reducing waste through recycling, replenishing forests, supporting entrepreneurs who are creating green and blue businesses and empowering educators to inspire the next generation around STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
We’re equally as impressed with our employees who have broken yet another volunteerism record. During our Worldwide Month of Service this past October, 56 percent of employees worked with nonprofit organizations to make their communities better. And this past spring we launched Green Works, a new employee volunteer program to celebrate eco-holidays and engage employees in environmental causes. They donated 25,000 hours of service.
We can’t thank you enough for the outstanding job you’ve done this year. We’ve enjoyed working with you and we’re looking forward to another successful year.
From all of us at Alcoa Foundation, we wish you happy holidays and warmest wishes for a prosperous New Year.
What's Happening Around Our Focus Areas and Alcoa
President Obama's Better Buildings Challenge
Alcoa is proud to be a part of President Obama’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge focused on making commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020 and accelerating private sector investment in energy efficiency.
Glen Morrison, President, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems, took part in the Better Buildings Challenge Roundtable at the White House and shared how public-private partnerships can advance the green building sector, drive innovation and stimulate economic growth.
Alcoa is implementing an enterprise-wide energy reduction initiative to decrease energy use in its Global Primary Products division by 10 percent and its other businesses by 20 percent by 2020.
Alcoa Main Partner in New Center for Sustainable Development
Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products has made one of the most substantial financial contributions in its history, a partnership agreement totaling $3 million over five years with the new Centre for Sustainable Development. The 6,000 square-meter, (65,000 square feet), five-story building, located in the heart of Montreal’s entertainment district and targeting Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, will house the offices of several social advocacy groups.
A portion of this contribution from Alcoa Foundation has been earmarked for an information center that will be open to the public. The center will accompany its visitors in their journey to discover the concrete actions each can take to help resolve major environmental issues. This comprehensive information center will also offer materials on recycling and energy efficiency programs, eco-friendly horticulture, environmental regulations, educational initiatives and awareness/mobilization.
Alcoa Nearing 4 Million Tree Mark Towards 10 Million Trees by 2020
Alcoa's Ten Million Trees campaign encourages employees to take an active role in replenishing parks, playgrounds and endangered forests in partnership with their families, local community groups and customers. The program focuses on planting trees to improve air quality, prevent soil erosion and encourage sustainable agro-forestry and indigenous land preservation.
This year, Alcoa Foundation partnered with Greening Australia, Global ReLeaf and The Nature Conservancy to plant 533,560 trees. Since 2003, nearly 4 million trees have been planted towards our commitment to plant 10 million trees by 2020.
Alcoa Donates $1.5 Million to Support Girl Scouts Forever Green Project
Alcoa Foundation has provided a two-year $1.5 million grant to Girl Scouts of the USA to launch its Girl Scouts Forever Green, signature 100th year anniversary Take Action Project focused on waste reduction, energy conservation and tree planting. Alcoa Foundation’s grant will expand the program globally to 20 countries and enable U.S. and international councils to work together and lead their families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources.
In 2012, Girl Scouts will take action on three main projects: Reduce Waste, Earth Hour and Rain Gardens. Throughout the year Girl Scouts across the globe will also identify and lead service projects and events focused on the environmental priorities in their local communities.
Encourage Students to Participate in the Young Naturalist Awards Program
Alcoa Foundation and the American Museum of Natural History are teaming up to find the next young scientists. The Young Naturalist Awards encourages students in 7th through 12th grades to independently pursue in-depth scientific research in the areas of biology, earth science, ecology and astronomy. The deadline for entering the contest is March 9, 2012. Twelve winners will be selected—two from each grade level. Each winner will receive a cash award and an expenses-paid trip to New York City, where they will have the opportunity to meet scientists, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum and attend a special awards ceremony. Visit Young Naturalist Awards 2012 to learn more.
Alcoa Achieves Record 56% Employee Participation during Month of Service
More than 31,000 employees, or 56 percent, volunteered in their communities during Alcoa’s annual worldwide Month of Service held in October. The 14 percent increase over last year beats U.S. company- sponsored volunteer programs, which average between 17 and 31 percent, according to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.
Alcoa also announced the winners of its “Spirit of Volunteering” employee photo contest. Each winner will receive a US$5,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation for their favorite charity. View the winning photos.
Join American Corporate Partners AdvisorNet to Help Veterans
Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation have been partnering with American Corporate Partners (ACP), a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and career advice to veterans who are transitioning into civilian life. There are currently 110 Alcoa employees serving as mentors.
Alcoa and Goldman Sachs recently became sponsors of ACP AdvisorNet, an online “Quick Question Community” that connects veterans with business leaders across the country. Advisors are asked to connect through Q&A threads and private messaging and volunteer one hour per month to answering the business questions of veterans. If you are interested in serving as an advisor, you can join the online community by registering at https://acp-advisornet.org.