June 21, 2011
Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation Conclude Green Works with Increased Global Commitment to Plant Trees and Support Environmental Projects

Alcoa Foundation marked the end of its two-month Green Works employee volunteer environmental service program today by increasing its support to the Friends of Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland and American Forests’ Global ReLeaf, two organizations committed to environmental replenishment.

Alcoa leaders and employees concluded the Green Works program in Iceland by planting 125 trees in Reydarfjordur, where the Alcoa Fjardaál smelter is located. Following the tree planting, Alcoa Iceland contributed US$700,000 to the Friends of Vatnajökull National Park to support education, research and environmental projects at Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe.
 
In addition, Alcoa Foundation added US$200,000 to an American Forests’ Global ReLeaf grant awarded earlier this year that focuses on environmental restoration projects in Alcoa communities worldwide. The increase brings the total of the grant to US$800,000. The organization will assist Alcoa with its Ten Million Trees initiative over three years.
 
“Alcoa is committed to sustainability, which includes taking care of our forests,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “Planting 10 million trees can absorb more than 250,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year and make a significant difference in our quality of life across the globe.”
 
This year, Global ReLeaf will award mini grants to 22 qualified NGO and environmental organizations that will work with Alcoa employees across the globe to plant trees in their local communities. Only native tree species will be planted to maintain the integrity of the environment. The grant will facilitate the planting of more than 225,000 trees and aligns with Alcoa Foundation’s sustainability focus to “Reduce, Recycle and Replenish.”
 
“Alcoa understands how important forests are for sustaining the health of the planet and the well-being of all its inhabitants,” said Scott Steen, CEO, American Forests. “We are deeply grateful for Alcoa’s partnership with American Forests to protect and restore these vital ecosystems.”
 



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Members of the Tree Planting Association of Reyðarfjörður, Iceland, joined Alcoa employees in planting 125 trees near the Alcoa Fjardaál aluminum smelter in Reyðarfjörður. The tree planting activity concluded the Alcoa Green Works employee environmental service program and supported the company‘s Ten Million Trees initiative. Alcoa‘s goal is to plant 10 million new trees, which can absorb 250,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year during their lifetime, by 2020.
Pictured (l to r all are Alcoa employees unless otherwise noted) Geir Sigurpáll Hlöðversson, Paula Davis, Marcos Ramos, Guðmundur Bjarnason, Erna Indriðadóttir, Ásmundur Hálfdán Ásmundsson, Tree Planting Association of Reyðarfjörður;Ronny Vatland, , Ásmundur Ásmundsson, Tree Planting Association; Jasper van Zon, Magnús Þór Ásmundsson, Anna Heiða Pálsdóttir, Robert Bear, Smári Kristinsson, Tómas Már Sigurðsson, Janne Sigurðsson, Kristinn Harðarson and Páll Freysteinsson.