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April 11, 2007

Alcoa Foundation Announces Call for Practitioner Fellowship Applications for Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship Program

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Foundation has announced the third round of Practitioner Fellows for its Conservation & Sustainability Fellowship Program, a US$8.6 million program that funds fellowships around the world to study conservation and sustainability issues. The results of those studies are then shared with the world in order to promote sustainable best practices.

Alcoa Foundation Fellows are mid-level professionals from external non-governmental organizations (NGOs)--and in some cases, government organizations--who conduct six- to twelve-month intensive applied research projects in conservation and sustainability. Alcoa Foundation Fellows work from their home organizations and are mentored by an expert from one of the program’s three Sustainability Institutes: The World Conservation Union (IUCN), Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), and World Wildlife Fund – United States (WWF-US).

Alcoa Foundation Fellows selected in the past are completing research that will lead to solutions to some of the major conservation and sustainability issues:
  • Climate change and energy,
  • Conservation of fragile ecosystems and biodiversity,
  • Sustainable livelihoods and economic growth, and
  • Integrating sustainability into public policy and governance.


Over six years, the program will support the research activities of 60 practitioner fellows and 30 academic fellows from around the world.

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap® foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco® household wraps. Among its other businesses are closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 123,000 employees in 44 countries and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.

About Alcoa Foundation

Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in the countries and communities where Alcoa operates. The Foundation's grants address global and local needs in over 30 countries by partnering with Alcoa communities around the world to make a difference. In 2005, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation invested a total of US$39.9 million in community programs in 30 countries, focusing on four areas of excellence: conservation and sustainability, global education and workplace skills, business and community partnerships, and safe and healthy children and families. Alcoa Foundation manages the Alcoa employee volunteer programs ACTION and Bravo! For more information, visit www.alcoa.com, under Community.

Note to Editors: There should be an accent mark over the second "o" in the word "Tecnológico" above.