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October 18, 2007
Alcoa Foundation Sponsors National Park Foundation Leadership Summit
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Foundation, the second largest asset-based corporate foundation in
the United States, was a key sponsor of the National Park Foundation
Leadership Summit on Partnership and Philanthropy titled “The
Next Century for Parks.” Held October 14-16 at
the University of Texas at Austin, the forum brought together
conservation leaders from across disciplines—business,
philanthropy, academia, science, and the parks—to
share ideas and explore strategies for supporting parks in the 21st
“This summit is a perfect example of how Alcoa
and Alcoa Foundation can use our connections to raise public awareness
and act as a catalyst for the continued private stewardship of parks,”
said Meg McDonald, President of Alcoa Foundation. “We
are very happy to partner with the National Park Foundation and extend
the insights and benefits of this Summit to our park and conservation
partners around the globe.”
Alcoa’s sponsorship brought stakeholders from
around the world to the Summit. These include: Sopac McCarthy
Mulholland, Executive Director, Sequoia Riverlands Trust, California,
USA; Ken Voorhis, Executive Director, Great Smoky Mountains Institute,
Tennessee, USA; Jim Hart, President of Friends of the Smoky Mountains,
Tennessee, USA; Sarah Weeks, Director of Development, Friends of the
Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, USA; Eirikur Bjorn Bjorgvinsson, Chairman of
Vatnajökull National Park, Eastern Region,
Iceland; and Runar Thorarinsson, Chairman of Vatnajökull
National Park, Northern Region, Iceland.
Together with the National Power Company in Iceland, Landsvirkjun, Alcoa
has expressed interest in supporting the establishment of Vatnajökull
National Park, a 15,000-square-kilometer (just under 6,000 square miles)
nature reserve that will include Europe’s
biggest glacier, Vatnajökull.
Following the summit, which included an awards dinner with U.S. First
Lady Laura Bush, Alcoa’s invitees toured the
Rockdale, Texas, plant—Alcoa’s
largest smelting plant in the U.S., which at full capacity can produce
two million pounds of aluminum per day. A 35,000-acre site, Rockdale
includes the Alcoa Sandow Mine, which received the U.S. Department of
Interior's Office of Surface Mining 2006 National Award for Excellence
in Surface Mining for its land reclamation accomplishments.
“A key area of focus for Alcoa Foundation is
conservation and sustainability,” said
McDonald. “By strengthening the network on
park partnerships, we have the opportunity to make a real and lasting
difference, both now and for the future.”
Go to www.nationalparksummit.org
to view the summit agenda and list of speakers.
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 including flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa®
wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, structures
and building systems. The company has 116,000 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
Alcoa Foundation is a separately constituted nonprofit U.S. corporate
foundation with assets of approximately $534 million. Its mission is to
actively invest in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide.
Throughout its history, the Foundation has been a source of positive
community change and enhancement, with nearly $437 million invested
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. Global and local grantmaking is responsive to the needs
and aspirations of Alcoa communities and marshals the combined
expertise, energies, and values of Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation to provide
a world-class standard of excellence in corporate citizenship.
In 2006, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation invested a combined total of $42.3
million in community programs in 32 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.
In addition to grantmaking, Alcoa Foundation offers two employee
programs to encourage volunteerism. Bravo!
recognizes individual employees who spend a minimum of 50 hours per
calendar year doing volunteer work for an
approved nonprofit/non-governmental organization; in recognition of the
employee's effort, Alcoa contributes $250 to the nonprofit organization.
ACTION (Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighborhoods) recognizes the
team efforts of at least five Alcoa employees who spend a minimum of
four hours on a community service project for a local
nonprofit/non-governmental organization; in recognition of the team's
effort, Alcoa contributes either $1,500 or $3,000 to the nonprofit
organization, depending on the size of the team.
For more information, visit www.alcoa.com,
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