Natural Capital

Alcoa Foundation is replenishing forests and urban landscapes, restoring ecosystems and conserving water around the globe.


10 MILLION BY 2020

That’s the number of trees we’ve committed to see planted by the turn of the next decade. We’re more than half way there.



Across the globe, Alcoa Foundation is partnering with leading organizations to promote biodiversity, conservation, reforestation, and responsible land and water use.

Conservation International Brazil




Alcoa Foundation and Conservation International (CI) continue to build on a biodiversity program in the Brazilian Amazon, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. The goals of the program are to protect natural resources, create a conservation action plan and build the capacity of local communities to develop and enforce environmental legislation.  

Global ReLeaf




Since 2005, Alcoa Foundation and American Forests have planted nearly one million trees together, as part of the Global ReLeaf initiative. The program focuses on reforestation initiatives near Alcoa locations in the United States, Brazil, China, Canada, Guinea, Russia, Hungary, Spain, Jamaica, Iceland, and Suriname.


As part of the project, American Forests engages local communities and Alcoa employees in the planting and maintenance of the trees. Equally important is the project’s work to raise public awareness about the essential role that trees play in our environment. 


Greening Australia 




Alcoa Foundation and Greening Australia held a national launch of the ambition One Million Trees Project in June 2014, that will see the platning of more than one million trees south of Perth in Western Australia and also in western Victoria during the next three years.


The project will involve more than one thousand community members and land owners, capture thousands of tonnes of C02 and restore degraded habitats. This is the latest chapter in one of Australi's most successful corporate and environmental partnerships - which has now reached a record 34 years.


The Recycling Partnership




The Recycling Partnership, previously called Curbside Value Partnership, focuses on improving residential recycling. Curbside recycling is the easiest way for Americans to recycle yet there is still so much opportunity for improvement. The Recycling Partnership bridges the gaps between the communities and the industries that benefit from recycling by creating campaigns that power local recycling programs. They help solve and energize curbside recycling programs.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation




Alcoa Foundation’s biodiversity partnership with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) provides support to six conservation grants across the United States. The six grants announced in 2014 will restore wildlife habitats, revitalize waterways, establish and enhance native forests and engage thousands of volunteers in environmental stewardship projects.

Tree Canada 




In 2012, Alcoa Foundation in Canada partnered with Tree Canada, an organization that develops programs with the private and public sectors, communities and individual Canadians, to maintain a healthy environment through sustaining urban and rural forests. If the objective behind this partnership was first to help Alcoa Canada reach the number of 125 000 trees planted for Alcoa’s 125th anniversary, it has now evolved into a long-term engagement that will help make school grounds greener in Alcoa Canada’s Quebec communities of Montréal, Bécancour, Deschambault and Baie-Comeau through the Greening Canada’s School Grounds program. 


In 2013, Tree Canada planted a total of 30,000 trees in Bécancour, Deschambault and Baie-Comeau, as well as a symbolic 125 trees on Montreal’s mount Royal and in 2014, five school grounds will be greened.