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March 14, 2011
Alcoa Foundation and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change Launch School-based Carbon Footprint Challenge
More than 8,000 students to participate in the Make an Impact: Change
Our 2morrow (CO2) challenge with chance to win $5,000 grant
NEW YORK--Alcoa Foundation and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change today
announced an exciting new education partnership to teach students how
their daily actions can reduce harmful emissions and improve the
Set to run from March 14 to April 11, Make an Impact: Change Our 2morrow
(CO2) is an educational energy conservation challenge among 8,000
students at 15 schools near Alcoa (NYSE:AA) locations in Cleveland, OH;
Hampton, VA; Knoxville, TN; and LaPorte and Warrick, IN.
The challenge builds on the successful Make an Impact program that has
engaged nearly 14,000 Alcoa employees at 18 Alcoa locations across the
US, resulting in more than 4.6 million pounds of carbon savings and $3.7
million in energy savings. Alcoa isn’t the only corporation involved.
Both Bank of America and Entergy have realized an estimated 5 million
pounds of carbon savings each from rolling out Make an Impact, proving
the value of the program for a wide range of organizations.
“Even small changes in our daily lives can lead to significant
improvements for the environment,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa
Foundation. “Through Make an Impact: Change Our 2morrow, we want to
educate young people about the potential they have to make a difference
and inspire them to become green ambassadors in their communities - at
school, at play and at home.”
The winning schools are determined based on the highest number of carbon
calculator completions, and will receive a $5,000 grand prize grant or
one of five $1,000 runner-up grants, earmarked for ‘green initiatives,’
from Alcoa Foundation. The winners will be announced on Earth Day, April
“Knowing the impact of your energy choices is an important first step to
change,” said Katie Mandes, Pew Center Vice President of Communications
and Director of the Make an Impact program. “We hope this challenge will
motivate young people and the entire community to learn how easy it can
be to make a difference.”
The Make an Impact: CO2 challenge is part of a new $7 million Alcoa
Foundation investment to address regional environmental challenges,
improve energy efficiency and enhance global reforestation projects. The
investment is aligned with Alcoa Foundation’s sustainability focus:
‘Reduce, Recycle, Replenish,’ and will engage employees and communities
where Alcoa operates.
ABOUT ALCOA FOUNDATION
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the
U.S., with assets of approximately US $420 million. In addition to
addressing local needs in communities where Alcoa operates, Alcoa
Foundation is focused on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling
economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders
through education and learning. Alcoa Foundation was founded more than
50 years ago and has invested more than US $515 million since 1952. More
information can be found at www.alcoa.com/foundation.
ABOUT THE PEW CENTER ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change was established in May 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 Pew Center
is led by Eileen Claussen, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. More
information can be found at www.pewclimate.org.
ABOUT MAKE AN IMPACT
The Make an Impact program, developed by the Pew Center on Global
Climate Change in partnership with Alcoa Foundation, helps Alcoa
employees, their families and surrounding communities reduce energy use,
manage their carbon footprint and become an active part of the solution
to climate change. The program features:
A custom-built carbon calculator with individual carbon footprint
A dynamic website with tips, tools and resources on how to reduce
energy bills and live more sustainably.
A comprehensive outreach program of educational workshops and hands-on
activities to support local action.
The Make an Impact: Change Our 2morrow (CO2) program promotes energy
efficiency through a fun and engaging online competition, which features
educational resources about energy conservation and an interactive
carbon calculator. To find out more about Make an Impact, how your
company or organization can sign on or to measure your own carbon
footprint, visit www.alcoa.com/makeanimpact.