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September 29, 2009
Alcoa Foundation Joins Forces with GLOBE to Help Make Today's Youth Environmentally Aware
AMSTERDAM--GLOBE Europe & Eurasia and the Alcoa Foundation today announced a joint
program that will help enlarge GLOBE Europe's reach and impact by
further developing its environment tracking network for European
youngsters. Financial support for the program will be provided through a
$76,000 donation from the Alcoa Foundation and will cover all European
countries in which GLOBE currently is active.
“GLOBE is all about creating environmental and sustainable awareness
among our children -- and helping our future decision makers better
understand these issues by showing them how to measure our environmental
impact,” said Rudi Huber, Alcoa President European Region. “In our
company we know how important it is to keep track of sustainability
metrics on a daily basis. It’s good to see that GLOBE and its students
are using proven methods of structural assessment to draw a picture of
the state of our world. Alcoa Foundation is pleased that we are able to
help GLOBE take the next step in environmental awareness into the
Matthijs Begheyn, regional coordinator GLOBE Europe & Eurasia on
proposing the GLOBE project to the Alcoa Foundation: “It was great to
write a proposal for the Alcoa Foundation. We really worked like
partners to develop the best opportunities to help GLOBE reach a higher
level in the region. As a big international organization, Alcoa has a
lot of experience that can help us think of ideas to get the most out of
our European network. One of the more interesting opportunities that we
have with the Alcoa Foundation funding is to organize a large-scale
European GLOBE Youth Summit, planned for early 2011. At this
meeting students from all over Europe will get together to present their
GLOBE research to each other and to the world. It will also be the
beginning of the European part of a Worldwide Student Research Campaign
on Climate that aims to involve 1,000,000 students worldwide.”
First network meeting
The Alcoa Foundation support, which will run midway through 2011, was
officially announced during the first GLOBE Europe & Eurasia network
meeting where national GLOBE leaders discussed the regional GLOBE
strategy. Taking part in the discussions were also Dr. Teresa Kennedy,
Director International Division GLOBE; Mr. Wim Kok, former Prime
Minister of The Netherlands and various representatives from Government,
NGO’s and the Private sector.
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a
worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and
education program. Announced in 1994 by USA Vice President Al Gore,
GLOBE began operations on Earth Day 1995. Today, the international GLOBE
network has grown to include 22.000 schools from 110 participating
countries. GLOBE students have contributed more than 19 million
measurements to the GLOBE database for use in their inquiry-based
science projects. The goals of the GLOBE Program are to:
Improve student achievement across the curriculum with a focus on
student research in environmental and Earth system science;
Enhance awareness and support activities of individuals throughout the
world to benefit the environment;
Contribute to scientific understanding of Earth as a system; and
Inspire the next generation of global scientists.
GLOBE Europe and Eurasia (40 participating countries) is one of the 5
regions of the international GLOBE program (110 countries).
For more information go to the international website www.globe.gov
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is a separately constituted nonprofit U.S. corporate
foundation with a mission to actively invest in the quality of life in
Alcoa communities worldwide. For more than 57 years, Alcoa Foundation
has been addressing the needs of Alcoa communities with over $490
invested since 1952.
In 2008, combined by Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation totaled US$50.6 million.
Alcoa Foundation provided nearly US$26.2 million in grants in 35
countries where Alcoa operates, with Alcoa and Alcoa-related foundations
contributing another US$24.4 million to support projects and
partnerships with NGOs around the world.
Alcoa Foundation manages the Alcoa employee volunteer programs ACTION
and Bravo! through which Alcoa employees gave more than 705,000 hours of
voluntary service in 2008, matched by over $4 million in grants to local
organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com/foundation.
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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 been named
one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World
Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years. Alcoa employs
approximately 63,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More
information can be found at www.alcoa.com.