April 20, 2015

American Forests and Alcoa Foundation to plant more than 200,000 trees to restore forests in 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Forests and Alcoa Foundation announced their plans to plant more than 200,000 trees across 25 global project sites in 2015.
The trees will be planted as part of Alcoa’s Partnership for Trees Program, a commitment to plant 10 million trees by 2020, with more than half planted so far. It is estimated that these trees could absorb 250,000 metric tons of CO2 annually on average across their lifetime.

“Alcoa Foundation’s partnership with American Forests allows us to work with local nonprofits across the globe to plant trees around communities where Alcoa employees live and work,” said Esra Ozer, President, Alcoa Foundation. “We appreciate this long-standing partnership for strengthening our commitment to replenishing the natural environment where we operate.”  
Since 2011, Alcoa Foundation and American Forests have worked together to enhance and protect forests around the globe, including many here in the United States. These extensive projects use forests as a means of purifying the water and air and promoting carbon sequestration in order to make the environment healthier for humans and organism across the world.
Through the dedication of Alcoa employees, local communities and partners, more than 1,000,000 trees have been planted over the course of the partnership.
From Brazil to China and across the U.S., the Partnership for Trees Program is helping improve local environments, diversifying ecosystems by focusing on specific projects such as implementing a stream buffer for improved stormwater management on the Wells Run Stream in Maryland; restoring an abandoned coal mining site in Pittsburgh; and increasing tree cover in Halton Hills, Canada.
“In five years, our partnership has resulted in more than one million trees planted in nearly 100 projects around the world,” said Scott Steen, president & CEO of American Forests. “Alcoa Foundation has shown a remarkable commitment to the communities in which they work and to restoring the forests around them. The work we are doing together is not only helping the environment and wildlife populations, but also the lives of the people in these communities.”

About American Forests
American Forests’ mission is to restore threatened forest ecosystems and inspire people to value and protect urban and wildland forests. Founded in 1875, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country has served as a catalyst for many key milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the U.S. Forest Service, the national forest and national park systems and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration projects and public education efforts. Since 1990, American Forests has planted nearly 50 million trees in forests throughout the U.S. and in 45 countries, resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife and fish, and the removal of millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Learn more at americanforests.org.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $480 million. Founded 63 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $615 million. In 2014, 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 2014, 58 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,000 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 700,000 people and 500 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.
Media Contact
Christopher Horn | Director of Communications | 202.370.4517 (direct) | 913.549.0769 (cell) | chorn@americanforests.org