Girl Scouts Forever Green
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To mark its 100th anniversary, the Girl Scouts launched Forever Green, an environmental education program that Alcoa Foundation is sponsoring through a two-year partnership. With our help, the Girl Scouts expanded this program to 11 countries around the world. They’re working with 20 U.S. Girl Scout troops and 20 international Girl Guide member organizations to develop action projects related to reducing waste, saving energy and conserving water.
To increase global dialogue and understanding, each U.S. council is “twinned” with an international Girl Guide organization. Each pair collaborates to develop projects and learn about environmental challenges and opportunities in other countries. Each initiative will engage a minimum of 400 local youth, reaching more than 16,000 young people altogether.
View photos of Together Greening projects on Tumblr http://togethergreening.tumblr.com/.
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For 10 years, Alcoa has been involved in a rewarding and productive partnership with the Earthwatch Institute. Under the program, Alcoa employees volunteer to assist with critical environmental research and, in the process, learn how their individual actions impact local surrounding environments. Last year more than 160 Alcoa employees from 21 countries undertook Earthwatch Fellowships, contributing more than 15,000 research hours to solving some of the biggest sustainability challenges.
Alcoa Earthwatch expeditions are offered in English, Mandarin and Portuguese. Each is linked to global issues of shared importance to our company and the communities where our operations are centered, including climate change, global water supply and sustainability. All participants complete an environmental curriculum as part of their expedition experience. This provides them with a learning framework that connects research to issues, helping deliver meaningful impact to the environmental and economic health of local communities.
Learn more about Alcoa's Earthwatch Fellows.
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As part of a five-year partnership between Alcoa Foundation, ARIENA, Departement Environement, Water Agency and other French entities, we’re working to preserve the biodiversity of the Alsace region in France.
The project is creating technical tools to:
Engage regional businesses in eco-friendly practices to protect natural resources
Educate students and community members about local flora and fauna
Work with municipalities on sustainable development initiatives
By leveraging ARIENA’s network of 50 educational institutions, members from numerous corporations and community volunteers, this program will reach more than 2,000 community members and protect ponds, flowered meadows, birds, orchards, bees, and many other species.
The Keystone Center
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Since 1997, the Alcoa Foundation has helped more than 200 educators from across the U.S. and Canada build sustainability into their science curriculums. Through environmental and scientific education workshops run by The Keystone Center, teachers learn the latest techniques on connecting conservation and sustainability lessons in the classroom with youth groups and community-based projects in the real world.
The large network of teachers who have benefited from The Keystone Center and their colleagues have access to the program’s continuous learning network. This network includes: live webcasts with training programs, social networking, student action projects based on the program’s key issues curriculum, participant-led training programs in schools, and participant-led workshops at a national education conference.
For over 15 years, our collaboration with The Keystone Center has been highly fruitful, and we are expanding it. Starting in 2013, teachers from Jamaica and Australia will also be invited to participate in this program.