June 3, 2010

Alcoa Foundation Marks World Environment Day with Two Pittsburgh-Based Partnerships Focused on Water Management Research and Education

Alcoa Foundation supports the 2010 Water Matters! Global Water Conference and Industry Assessment, and funds a RiverQuest program to help 1,000 students across Pittsburgh become ‘water-wise.’


To support Pittsburgh’s role as the North American host city of World Environment Day 2010 (WED), a global celebration offered by the United Nations Environment Programme, Alcoa Foundation announced two new partnerships and WED participation to drive innovative solutions for sustainable water management in Pittsburgh and beyond:

  • Alcoa Foundation will support the 2010 Water Matters! Global Water Conference on June 3, which brings together 1,000 environmental, business and government leaders to elevate water as a key natural resource concern and economic opportunity for the region. Related to the conference, Alcoa Foundation will fund Sustainable Pittsburgh, an organization dedicated to bringing sustainable solutions to communities and businesses, to assess sustainable economic opportunities for the area’s water industry and the development of innovative water technologies.


  • Alcoa Foundation and RiverQuest, an educational organization with a river based classroom, will help more than 1,000 middle-school students across Pittsburgh become ‘water-wise’ and 36 teachers gain professional development credits by participating in water ecology instructional training. From a specially designed boat with research capabilities, students and teachers will gain a “hands on” appreciation for the impact of individual action on the future health of our waterways. 


  • Alcoa Vice President of Sustainability Bill O’Rourke spoke to the next generation of leaders at the World Environment Day Student Summit on May 20 at South Park High School. The World Affairs Council sponsored the event that connected 200 students in Pittsburgh with 200 students from Brazil, Italy, South Africa, Uganda and the United States, via video conference and webcasts, to share ideas on solutions to global water issues facing their communities.

Alcoa Vice President of Sustainability, Bill O’Rourke said, “As the world looks to Pittsburgh on World Environment Day 2010, we are proud to help drive the development of home-grown solutions to one of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges – water management.”
Pittsburgh-based Alcoa is committed to environmental sustainability through its community outreach and business operations.
In the last three years, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $27 million to advance solutions addressing climate change and global water supply.
Within Alcoa, aluminum is one of the most sustainable materials in the world, with more than 70 percent of ever produced since 1886 still in use today. The company has reduced direct greenhouse emissions 43 percent below 1990 levels.
Media contact: Libby Archell, Alcoa Foundation, +1-347-901-1902
About Alcoa Foundation 
Alcoa Foundation is a nonprofit U.S. corporate foundation with assets of approximately US$425 million. In addition to addressing locally identified needs in communities where Alcoa operates, Alcoa Foundation is focused on unlocking solutions to critical environmental sustainability challenges, including global climate change. Alcoa Foundation has been a long-term partner in Alcoa communities worldwide for more than fifty years, investing over US$515 million since 1952. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com/foundation.


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