August 18, 2015

Alcoa Employees Embark on Global Environmental Expeditions

Alcoa Foundation is sponsoring 25 Alcoa (NYSE:AA) employees for a unique professional development opportunity with Earthwatch Institute, a global non-profit organization with a mission to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable future.
At expedition sites in Australia, Brazil and France, Fellows will collect data alongside leading scientists to help solve critical environmental issues: 
• Atlantic Forest around National Park Serra do Itajaí, Brazil: August 23-29
• Haute Garonne region of the French Pyrenees: September 19-25
• St. Bees Island in Queensland, Australia: November 8-14

They also participate in facilitated learning sessions to expand their knowledge of how sustainability relates to their community. Upon conclusion of the expeditions, the Fellows will create a sustainability project.  
“Earthwatch expeditions provide a unique experience for Alcoa employees from around the world to collaborate with renowned scientists on meaningful environmental research in regions of significant environmental importance,” said Malika Harrison, Community Engagement and Program Manager, Alcoa Foundation.

Since 2003, 220 Alcoa employees from 21 countries have contributed more than 12,000 hours of research, which Earthwatch uses to inform sustainable solutions.

"In the face of escalating global change, our mission to work with all sectors of society to identify sustainable solutions has never been more relevant than it is today," said Larry Mason, CEO, Earthwatch Institute. "In addition to supporting critical data collection, our longstanding program with Alcoa increases awareness and understanding of climate change and environmental sustainability among Alcoa employees and their communities, which is the best way to enact meaningful change," said Mason.

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About Earthwatch Institute
Earthwatch Institute is an international nonprofit organization that connects citizens with scientists to improve the health and sustainability of the planet. Since its founding in 1971, Earthwatch has empowered nearly 100,000 volunteers from all walks of life to join leading scientists on field research expeditions that tackle critical environmental challenges around the globe – from climate change to ocean health, human-wildlife conflict, and more. Earthwatch works with all sectors of society, from corporations to teachers, students, community leaders, zoos and aquaria, and more. For more information about Earthwatch,

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States, 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