Advancing sustainability research initiative

Together with thought leaders from around the world, we are working with universities, NGO and Alcoa experts to promote and enable sustainability. 

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  • Improved environmental practices for communities or corporations
  • Informed public policy decisions and standards
  • Innovative designs with lightweight materials
  • Advanced methods for lightweight materials research and cost-benefit analysis

Advancing Sustainability Research Initiative



Alcoa Foundation is partnering with the Institute of International Education to fund a $4 million, two-year initiative that supports ground-breaking sustainability research on a global basis. It’s a hands-on, cooperative effort that brings together thought leaders at universities, NGOs and research institutions with experts and volunteers from Alcoa’s offices around the world.


Our goal is to help some of the most innovative minds on the planet develop actionable solutions that can be shared around the world. Researchers in 10 different targeted sustainability fields will engage with experts and their regions and local communities as part of the project.


What will the research initiatives focus on?

  • Energy and environmental economics
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Natural resource management
  • Sustainable design


Who are the partners?




  • CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
  • Greening Australia
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Western Australia



  • Fundação Sousandrade de Apoio a Universidade Federal do Maranhão



  • École Polytechnique de Montréal



  • China Center for International Economic Exchange
  • Tsinghua University



  • Economics for Energy
  • University of Vigo (Spain)



  • Educational Center for Ecology and Safety
  • Fund for Sustainable Development
  • Institute of Water Issues


United States

  • The Ohio State University



  • SMART (Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation)
  • Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute