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June 28, 2002
Alcoa Foundation Receives Tennessee State Conservation Award
ALCOA & KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 28, 2002--
Natural Heritage Conservation Award Given in Recognition of
Environmental Philanthropic Activity; Underscores Alcoa's Commitment
to Environmental Stewardship
In ceremonies today in Blount County, Tennessee, Alcoa Foundation
was awarded the Natural Heritage Conservation Award, part of the 2002
Environmental and Conservation Stewardship Awards given by the
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).
TDEC Commissioner Milton H. Hamilton Jr. recognized Alcoa
Foundation for its efforts in preserving Tennessee's natural heritage
through many environmental grants, including a $250,000 grant given
earlier this year to Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
(GSMIT). That grant, received by Friends of Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, was the largest single monetary corporate foundation
gift in the history of the park.
The grant enabled the Friends organization to match the gift,
bringing the total funds to $500,000. It also inaugurated a major
fundraising effort for GSMIT, the first key step to strengthen the
park's residential environmental education programs. In the past
12 months, Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa Inc. have also been active
partners and donors with other local environmental organizations such
as Ijams Nature Center and Little River Watershed Association.
"Many individuals and organizations go quietly about their
stewardship activities seeking no recognition," Hamilton said.
"Organizations such as Alcoa personify leadership by example, and we
applaud their efforts to enhance the natural beauty and quality of
life in this beloved land we call Tennessee. Beyond the money, Alcoa's
exemplary environmental record in Tennessee--and the leadership it
provides in public policy development--underscores a real commitment
to environmental stewardship."
The sizable gift to the park was the culmination of work by the
Alcoa Community Advisory Board (CAB), a 14-member Blount and Knox
Counties community board that identified the grant as its top priority
last year. The advisory board was formed in January 2001 as part of
Alcoa's community partnership plan celebrating a combined 100-year
anniversary in East Tennessee: its 90th year in Blount County and its
10th year in Knoxville.
Ernie Blankenship, special assistant to Commissioner Hamilton,
praised the board's innovative formation and structure as part of
Alcoa's efforts to stay connected with local community needs. Since
last January, the CAB has assisted Alcoa by recommending multiple
granting opportunities in Blount and Knox Counties, resulting in more
than $700,000 in diverse community gifts.
Mike Coleman, President of Alcoa Rigid Packaging and Vice
President of Alcoa, said Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation appreciate the
state's recognition, and considers their work "to be a clear
investment in the future." In January 2001 Coleman announced a
community partnership plan that pledged significant financial
resources over a five-year period, the formation of the CAB, and a
national-level workshop to benefit local nonprofits.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum,
fabricated aluminum and alumina, 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 as a single solution to customers.
In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets
consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) aluminum foil, Alcoa(R)
wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are
vinyl siding, closures, precision castings, and electrical
distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 129,000
employees in 38 countries.
Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in the
quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide. With more than
$339 million invested since its inception in 1952, Alcoa Foundation
has positioned itself as a source of positive community change and
enhancement. Out of that legacy has emerged a set of strengths and
competencies that reflect community aspirations and needs around the
In 2001, Alcoa Foundation made $21.3 million in grants around the
world. Communities where Alcoa has a presence are the primary focus of
its grantmaking programs. Alcoa is widely considered one of the key
philanthropic companies in East Tennessee. Alcoa's Tennessee
Operations is a major employer in Blount County. East Tennessee also
is home to two of Alcoa's key businesses - Alcoa Rigid Packaging,
headquartered in Alcoa, and Alcoa's U.S. Primary Metals business,
headquartered in Knoxville.