March 21, 2011

Alcoa Foundation in Partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Communities - EHS Academy in China

NEW YORK & BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Foundation has joined a strategic partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Communities and other worldwide companies to support the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Academy in China’s Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces.

The EHS Academy’s customized, intensive trainings prepare plant managers to apply international best practices in EHS management, reduce workplace injuries, effectively measure and lower energy consumption, and lower greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions.

“Through its courses and certification, the EHS Academy will be able to meet the corporate demand for people with EHS training and expertise,” said Jinya Chen, President, Alcoa Asia and Pacific Region. “The good news is that the demand reflects how more and more companies are valuing EHS in the same way as Alcoa.”

In addition to financial support, Alcoa is providing factory systems and EHS curriculum, based on its own international best practices; promoting the Academy among its peers; and helping to train the EHS Academy’s master trainers.

The EHS Academy is ground-breaking not just for its health and environmental benefits, but also for the public-private partnership that makes it possible. The partnership includes Chinese and U.S. government agencies, nonprofit and educational institutions, and multinational corporations and foundations, including the GE Foundation.

“This partnership is more than the sum of its parts,” said George Hamilton, president of the Institute for Sustainable Communities. “It is transforming the way Chinese companies and government, multinational corporations, and nonprofits grapple with environmental health and safety issues while helping to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

More than 2,300 factory managers have already been trained at the first EHS Academy at Sun Yat-sen University’s prestigious Lingnan College business school in Guangdong. ISC and its partners have also worked with the Chinese government to develop a professional EHS certification protocol, which will be implemented nationally in 2011.

Based on these initial successes, Alcoa helped launch the second EHS Academy at Nanjing University in Jiangsu last week. Once both Academies are fully operational, they will train more than 4,000 factory managers annually.

About Alcoa
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US $420 million. In addition to addressing local needs in communities where Alcoa operates, Alcoa Foundation is focused on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow's leaders through education and learning. Alcoa Foundation was founded more than 50 years ago and has invested more than US $515 million since 1952. Alcoa employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in our communities through the Alcoa Volunteers Program, which last year recorded 590,000 hours of service to 9,400 charitable organizations. Their time was matched with US $4.2 million in Alcoa volunteer grants. More information can be found at

About the Institute for Sustainable Communities

ISC has managed 77 projects in 22 countries around the globe, including a variety of environmental and energy programs in some of the world’s most polluted areas. We are currently working in the U.S. and China—the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases—to help these countries take on global climate disruption and accelerate the transition to low-carbon economies. ISC brings a strong focus on building institutional capacity and community leadership, and has achieved national and international impact by spreading successful resource efficiency practices among businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits in the countries where we work. For more information go to