April 24, 2014

Alcoa Foundation and American Forests to Plant More Than 200,000 Trees to Restore Forests in 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This Earth Week, Alcoa Foundation and American Forests announced their plans to plant more than 200,000 trees across 22 global project sites in 2014.
The trees will be planted as part of Alcoa Foundation’s Ten Million Trees program, a commitment to plant 10 million trees by 2020, with more than seven million planted so far. It is estimated that these 10 million trees will absorb more than 250,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually on average during their lifetime – the equivalent to removing more than 50,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year or removing 90,000 tons of waste from landfills.
“Alcoa Foundation is committed to replenishing the natural environment around communities where Alcoa operates. We appreciate the partnership with American Forests, which allows us to work with local nonprofits across the globe and quickly mobilize tree-planting,” said Esra Ozer, president, Alcoa Foundation.“
Over the past three years, Alcoa Foundation and American Forests have worked together to enhance, and protect forests in 12 countries and 11 U.S. states through 50 unique projects, restoring wildlife habitat and combating climate change by using forests to augment carbon storage and purify water and air. Since the start, more than 600,000 trees were planted through the dedication of partners, Alcoa employees, and communities.
From Spain and Russia to China and the U.S., the partnership is improving the local environment of a variety of diverse ecosystems by focusing on specific projects such as restoring the urban canopy coverage in Pittsburgh; planting outside of a veterans’ hospital in Atlanta; and restoring wildlife habitat for the white letter hairstreak butterfly and other species in Telford, England.
“We at American Forests greatly appreciate Alcoa Foundation’s ongoing partnership to restore forest ecosystems through planting millions of trees,” said Scott Steen, president & CEO of American Forests. “Alcoa’s commitment helps communities across the globe. Healthy forests are critical for a healthy planet and are an essential way to improve quality of life for people living in these communities.”

Founded in 1875, American Forests is the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country and has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement. Learn more about our programs at www.americanforests.org.

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $470million. Founded 62 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $590 million. In 2013, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 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 2013, a record 62 percent of Alcoa employees took part in nearly 1,300 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 505,000 people and 1,900 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.