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November 15, 2007
Alcoa Foundation Supports Climate Change Education and Outreach Program with $200,000 Grant to California Land Conservancy
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Foundation announced today a $200,000, two-year grant that will
enable the California Council of Land Trusts (CCLT) to implement a
program that identifies and addresses the impacts of climate change on
land and water conserved by California land trusts. The CCLT is a
statewide association for more than 150 land trusts devoted to
conserving special lands and waters throughout California.
“In many respects, land trusts will be at the
forefront of dealing with climate change. This project will address the
needs of land trusts and the local communities they serve by increasing
land trusts' knowledge and understanding of California's response to
climate change, how their conservation programs can provide climate
benefits, and the possible changes needed in their stewardship and
protection activities,” said Darla Guenzler,
executive director of CCLT.
Land trusts are the current U.S. leaders in permanently protecting
forests, grasslands and other natural resource lands which can make a
significant, positive contribution to climate change due to the capacity
of these lands to sequester carbon dioxide.
Aspects of the project include creating a planning model to assist land
trusts in developing adaptations for their stewardship and conservation
activities in light of possible climate change impacts, and improving
communications to increase understanding within local communities about
long-term stewardship needs and issues, and how climate change can be
expected to bring about significant changes to important open space
lands that the public currently enjoys.
As part of the program, CCLT will bring together scientists,
communication specialists, other experts and land trusts in a series of
events and workshops to develop pertinent information.
“The California communities where Alcoa has a
presence are already partnering with their area land trusts in
activities such as restoration, trail building and outdoor education.
This project will expand this community partnership by addressing the
long-term stewardship needs arising from global climate change to assure
that these areas continues to receive the benefits that protected lands
provide in their communities,” said Alcoa
Foundation President Meg McDonald.
The project will have several specific products, including presentations
and materials, adaptation plans as well as a model for plan development,
and a report with positioning, messages guidelines and recommendations
for communications about long term stewardship with an emphasis on
“This project is one of a portfolio of climate
change related projects being funded by Alcoa Foundation under our
conservation and sustainability Area of Excellence. We anticipate this
project will present a new model and outcomes that will assist
communities in addressing the global concern of climate change,”
The results of the project are expected to bring benefits to the general
public through ensuring that conservation efforts undertaken by land
trusts will be better adapted to changing climate. This effort should
also bring about better information about climate change impacts and
open spaces in local communities, which provide a variety of benefits,
including education, exercise and recreation.
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 (NYSE:AA) communities
worldwide. Throughout its history, the Foundation has been a source of
positive community change and enhancement, with nearly $437 million
invested since 1952. To learn more about Alcoa Foundation, visit www.alcoa.com
The California Council of Land Trusts (CCLT) is a statewide association
for more than 150 land trusts devoted to conserving special lands and
waters throughout California. The Council works to increase funding,
advance policy solutions and build strong laws for conservation, raise
awareness about the benefits of land and water conservation, and provide
research and education to increase land trust effectiveness. CCLT is
guided by a governing body of land trusts and conservationists