July 31, 2013


Local GreenWorks photo earns Alcoa Foundation grant

In celebration of GreenWorks and Alcoa’s 125th anniversary, Alcoa Foundation held an employee photo contest to recognize and reward volunteers. Totaling $125,000, 10 winners received a $12,500 grant from Alcoa Foundation for a local charity.


Alcoa Tennessee Operations was one of the ten winners chosen for the grant. With this GreenWorks grant $12,500 will go toward furthering environmental education in the area.


GreenWorks is an initiative of the Alcoa Foundation to help reduce the carbon footprint, recycle to save energy, and plant trees to replenish the environment.


GreenWorks was launched in 2011 to support several environmental initiatives at Alcoa, including: Earthwatch Institute, Ten Million Trees, Make an Impact and Electronic Recyclers International, which focus on Alcoa’s core environmental priorities to Reduce, Recycle and Replenish.


Alcoa Tennessee Operations employees were part of eight different community service projects during the two-month global volunteering initiative, which was created to support Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation’s environmental programs and celebrate international environmental holidays like Arbor Day, Earth Day and World Environment Day. More than 100 Alcoans volunteered over 400 hours to these different organizations. Globally, 15,000 Alcoans volunteered in communities around the world at more than 250 events.


One community service project was at the City of Alcoa’s Springbrook Park as part of a Green Works riparian effort.  Alcoa volunteers planted more than 300 herbaceous plants in a rain garden and mulched three buffer areas along the stream.  The goal is to improve water quality and prevent erosion in Pistol Creek.


The community project that won the GreenWorks Alcoa Foundation Grant was planting a garden to commemorate Sherrel Buero’s retirement from Tennessee Operations. Several Alcoan’s volunteered to help beautify the entrance of the North Plant Administration Building.


About Alcoa Tennessee Operations
Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world’s largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans and is based in Blount County, Tennessee.  Locally, it employs more than 1,000 at its fabrication plants in Blount County and its downtown Knoxville office


About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.




(Pictured L to R): Sharon Reeder, Rosemary Garland, Charles Martin Hall and Tim Martin plant bushes as part of a North Plant Administration Building beautification project.