Reydarfjordur, Iceland 2011
Helped by local students, Alcoa volunteers planted 1,000 birch and mountain ash trees that Alcoa donated to the the Reydarfjordur Forestry Association in an area located halfway between the small town of Reydarfjordur and the Alcoa Fjardaál smelter. The June planting marked the eighth consecutive year Alcoa has donated trees to the association.
Also in June, Alcoa leaders and employees concluded the two-month Green Works employee volunteer environmental service program in Iceland by planting 125 trees in Reydarfjordur with the assistance of members of the Tree Planting Association of Reydarfjordur. Following the tree planting, Alcoa Iceland contributed US$700,000 to the Friends of Vatnajökull National Park to support education, research, and environmental projects at Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe.
In August, Alcoa Foundation provided a grant to the Iceland Forestry Association for the purchase of 10,000 trees to assist in the association’s efforts to reclaim the country’s natural woodlands, which have dwindled to only 1% of Iceland’s land mass. Sixteen Alcoa employees and their families helped plant the trees.