San Ciprián, Spain 2011

After planting 30 fruit trees at an unused playground on the nearby Viveiro High School campus in January, employees at Alcoa’s San Ciprián location broke ground to start a school garden and a small-scale farm with rabbits and hens. Grandparents of the schoolchildren will pass along their knowledge of gardening, farming, and tree care to the students, creating a multi-generational project to protect the environment.

In March, Alcoa employee volunteers helped students at the Illa de Sarón Secondary School in the La Mariña area plant 19 trees in the school garden. The Xove City Council also participated, providing materials and staff to plant ornamental flowers at the base of the trees.

Forty trees representing 30 indigenous species are part of a new arboretum created in July by Alcoa employees, community members, Cervo city council representatives, and members of the women’s association As Espalladoras. Each tree has a sign that includes its scientific and colloquial name, as well as its characteristics, to provide a learning opportunity for adults and children. The Alcoa volunteer activity earned As Espalladoras a US$3,000 ACTION grant.

Also in July, Alcoa volunteers and members of the community cleared an urban area in Rio Cobo, sorted the waste for recycling, and planted and labeled 30 indigenous trees. The Alcoa volunteers also talked to the children and other participants about the importance of recycling.


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