At Alcoa Foundation, we know that to make a difference, we need strong partners. Our goal is to develop multi-dimensional and robust programming with non-governmental organizations and nonprofits that reflect Alcoa’s values and our sustainability and geographic priorities.
The other programs are:
- RecycleMania - friendly competition on college and university campuses
- College & University Recycling Coalition - webinars and recycling bins donated to 35 colleges and universities
- Recycling at Work - businesses pledge to increase workplace recycling
- State and County Fairs - placement of more than 200 recycling bins at three fairgrounds
Participating universities are Carnegie Mellon University (U.S.), The Georgia Institute of Technology (U.S.), Purdue University (U.S.), Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands), Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (Germany), the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and Tsinghua University (China). Each school will expand the learning opportunity for the students with professional engagement activities, such as, guest lecturers from Alcoa executives, partnerships with a local nonprofit organization and involvement through the Architecture for Humanity network. Project examples include:
- Georgia Tech is addressing rising international concerns over energy availability and the need for market rate, carbon neutral urban housing.
- Tsinghua University is focused on lessening the energy consumption of affordable housing in Beijing through passive building design and the application of high-performance materials and green low-carbon technology while providing a comfortable indoor environment for occupants.
The program’s goals are aligned with the Russian Government’s priorities to increase technical training and to enhance prestige for technical professions. To enhance the institutional capacity for technical education, the program enable 100 junior professors to further their research and to complete advanced degrees, and increased access to quality technical education with upgraded teaching facilities and laboratory equipment.