August 21, 2014

Alcoa Employees Join Scientists and Sustainability Leaders on Global Environmental Expeditions

NEW YORK -- Alcoa Foundation announced today that 25 Alcoa (NYSE:AA) employees have been selected to participate in a unique professional development opportunity with Earthwatch Institute, an environmental organization whose mission is to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
For one week, the Alcoa Fellows will contribute to critical environmental research projects at one of three sites:  Serra do Itajaí National Park in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil; Churchill Northern Studies Center in the Canadian province of Manitoba; and the Haute Garonne region of the French Pyrenees Mountains in France. The Fellows will work alongside scientists to contribute to world-class research on climate change, carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services.
“Our partnership with Earthwatch Institute is a compelling way to engage Alcoans from around the world on two important Alcoa priorities – a sustainable environment and education,” said Esra Ozer, President, Alcoa Foundation. “This program provides a unique opportunity for our employees who have a passion for the natural world and science to deepen their knowledge and become environmental ambassadors for the Company and their communities.” 
The expeditions are:

  • Conserving Brazil’s Atlantic Forest (August 24-30):  Alcoa employees will identify how human pressures, such as development and deforestation, are altering plant and animal biodiversity in the rainforest.


  • Climate Change at Canada’s Arctic Edge (September 14-20):  Alcoa employees will help scientists collect data on how climate change is impacting the fragile tundra of the Arctic, such as melting permafrost and shifting tree lines.


  • Climate Change and Biodiversity in the French Pyrenees (September 28-October 4): Alcoa employees will explore ecosystem-level impacts of climate change by detecting changes in animal and plant diversity, observing changes in life cycles of keystone species, and assessing the impacts of human population in alpine environments.   

Upon returning home from the expeditions, the Fellows will lead sustainability action plans at work and in their communities.
“This program invites employees of all levels to engage in environmental sustainability, not only in their businesses, but also in their homes and community,” said Larry Mason, CEO of Earthwatch Institute. “We are thrilled to be a part of Alcoa’s commitment to sustainability and pioneering professional development program.” 
Meet the 2014 Alcoa Earthwatch Fellows, and follow the blog

Over the past 12 years, 195 Alcoa employees representing 21 different countries have joined the scientific community at large to contribute more than 11,400 hours of research to help find solutions to a range of sustainability challenges.
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About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $470 million. 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 and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.
About Alcoa
A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products. For more information, visit, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow us on Facebook at
About Earthwatch Institute
Founded in 1971, Earthwatch is an international environmental organization whose mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Our vision is a world in which we live within our means and in balance with nature. Earthwatch currently supports 60 environmental research projects in 30 countries by providing funds and paying volunteers who work alongside leading field scientists and researchers. In the past 40 years, Earthwatch volunteers have contributed over 10 million hours to essential fieldwork. For more information about Earthwatch, visit