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September 18, 2008
Alcoa and Pew Center on Global Climate Change Launch Make an Impact Climate Change Program
PITTSBURGH--Growing concern around the environmental impacts of climate change and
rising energy costs has prompted many to question what they can do to
take action in their daily lives.
In what is believed to be a first for corporate America, Alcoa (NYSE:AA)
and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change have launched a unique new
program to help find the answers.
Make an Impact provides the tools for Alcoa’s
employees and the local community to manage their individual carbon
footprint, reduce their energy costs, and become part of the solution to
global climate change.
The Make an Impact program includes:
Interactive website with tools and resources on reducing energy bills
and living more sustainably (www.alcoa.com/makeanimpact);
Custom-built carbon calculator with individual ‘footprint’
analysis and personalized action planning;
Comprehensive outreach program of localized interactive workshops.
Pew Center President Eileen Claussen applauded the project, “We
often think that solutions to climate change and energy costs can come
only from business and government. But everyone needs to play their part
- and through our partnership with the Alcoa Foundation - we are making
“We expect this program to serve as the
benchmark on personal carbon accounting across business and
the community and we look forward to sharing it with our business
partners in the near future.”
Alcoa President and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said that this was a part of a
global leadership position on addressing climate change and in addition
to Alcoa reducing emissions inside its operations 33% from a 1990 base,
Alcoa Foundation had invested over $8 million in community-driven
climate change projects in the last year.
“Climate change is the most critical
sustainability issue of our time and to make a real difference we all
need to take action - on all fronts and at all levels, individually and
together,” said Kleinfeld.
“Our 97,000 employees are finding new ways to
meet this challenge every day and our product is also playing a key role –
not only can aluminum be recycled endlessly - taking only 5% of the
energy needed to make new metal - but it is also reducing fuel use in
transport by making lighter vehicles,” he
“By providing our employees and neighbors the
tools to understand and manage their environmental impact, we support
them in being part of the solution to global climate change. Because as
individuals we can all make a difference, but by working together, we
can really make an impact.”
The Make an Impact program builds on the success of the program
developed in Australia in 2006 through an Alcoa Foundation partnership
with Greening Australia.
Make an Impact will kick off in the US on September 18th
and initially be introduced at nine Alcoa locations from Washington to
Pittsburgh, with plans to take the program elsewhere to other US
locations and beyond.
To find out more visit www.alcoa.com/makeanimpact
Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary
aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its active
and growing participation 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, and building systems. The Company has
97,000 employees in 34 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
PEW CENTER ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change was established in 1998 as a
non-profit, non-partisan, and independent organization dedicated to
providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative
solutions in the effort to address global climate change.
The Center engages decision-makers at the federal, state, regional, and
international levels to achieve its goals for mandatory federal climate
change policy and a post-2012 international climate agreement.
The Center’s Business
Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), a group of 42 mainly
Fortune 500 companies with over $2 trillion in combined revenue and
employing more than 4 million people, is the largest U.S.-based
association of corporations committed to advancing mandatory policy and
business solutions to address climate change.
The Pew Center is also a founding member of the influential U.S. Climate
ABOUT ALCOA FOUNDATION
Alcoa Foundation is a separately constituted nonprofit U.S. corporate
foundation with assets of approximately $500 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 $466 million invested
The Foundation's grants address global and local needs in over 36
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 2007, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation invested a combined total of $49.0
million in community programs in 36 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,