Environmental education

Growing concern around the loss of biodiversity and rising energy costs fuels environmental awareness and community ambassadors.

employees screening plant matter

10,000 HOURS

Alcoa employees in 21 countries engaged in Earthwatch fellowships, contributing thousands of research hours to solving sustainability challenges. 


Central Park Conservancy



With support from Alcoa Foundation, the Central Park Conservancy (CPC)’s Center for Urban Park Management training Program created a dedicated department for Recycling and Trash Management to help monitor the trash management program in Central Park and help develop classroom and field training program to be offered in multiple learning formats. The program provides in-class and on the ground training opportunities for colleagues in the field and aspiring park professionals to learn about CPC’s recycling and trash management practices.

Earthwatch Institute



Since 2003, more than 175 Alcoa employees from 21 countries have assisted with critical environmental research and learned how their individual actions impact local surrounding environments, contributing  more than 15,000 research hours to solve some of the biggest sustainability challenges.


Alcoa Earthwatch expeditions are linked to global issues of shared importance to Alcoa and communities where its 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.





The NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars program, launched in 2014, is a unique opportunity for high school students to learn and grow in two of the world’s most beautiful protected lands for two weeks. 54 students from diverse backgrounds and nationalities are chosen from Alcoa communities around the globe to explore the wonders of the natural world in UNESCO world heritage sites that provide the optimum experience for hands-on-learning in science.

Keystone Science School



Since 1997, 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 Keystone Science School, 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 cohort of teachers and their colleagues have benefited from 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.


Our collaboration with Keystone Science School has been highly fruitful, and we are expanding it. In 2013, teachers from Australia, Jamaica and the UK will also participate in the Key Issues Institute.


Meet the teachers and view photos from the Key Issues Institute.