December 19, 2011

U.S. Senator Richard Lugar Recognizes Alcoa Employees for their Commitment to Energy Efficiency

Alcoa Howmet La Porte and Alcoa Warrick Operations are
the 36th Recipients of the Lugar Energy Patriot Award

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Dick Lugar has recognized two Alcoa facilities in Indiana as Lugar Energy Patriots for their work on Make an Impact, an energy efficiency and carbon reduction initiative. The two locations recently led and won the Make an Impact: Change Our 2morrow schools’ challenge, a nation-wide competition that educated more than 8,000 students, parents and teachers on energy conservation.

Make an Impact was created by Alcoa and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) – formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change – to help employees and community members save energy and money, while reducing their carbon footprint. The program features a dynamic website, best-in-class carbon calculator, and localized workshops. Through partnerships with Alcoa, Bank of America, and Entergy Corporation, the program has reached more than 100,000 employees in 16 states and the United Kingdom.

“For Alcoa, energy conservation is more than good environmental sense,” said Paula Davis, President of Alcoa Foundation. “It’s key to our business. We are grateful for the Senator’s support and commitment to energy efficiency – and proud to be recognized for our work.”

The Lugar Energy Patriot award is part of an ongoing effort by Senator Lugar to recognize businesses that demonstrate leadership and initiative in taking concrete action to reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy sources through renewable energy and conservation.

“It’s an honor that the efforts of Alcoa’s employees are being recognized by Senator Lugar,” said Katie Mandes, the Vice President for Community Engagement at C2ES. “Make an Impact is about empowering individuals to make a difference in the way we use and consume energy in our personal lives, and the success of the program is proof that everyone has a role to play.”

About Make an Impact
Make an Impact was created by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) – formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change – and Alcoa in 2008 to help companies motivate and inspire their employees to save energy and take other steps to reduce their “carbon footprint.” Through partnerships with Alcoa, Bank of America, and Entergy Corporation, the program has reached more than 100,000 employees in 16 states and the UK. To date, more than 13,000 people have used Make an Impact’s custom-built carbon calculator and resource-rich website to find practical, cost-saving ways to reduce their energy use while embracing sustainability as a priority at home, at work, and in their communities.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$436 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In 2010, Alcoa Foundation contributed nearly US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders through education and learning. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers, who in 2010 gave more than 720,000 service hours. Through the company’s signature Month of Service (October) program, Alcoa employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in our communities. In 2010, a record 49 percent of Alcoans took part in nearly 1,000 Month of Service events across 24 countries, reaching 59,000 children, serving 17,000 meals, planting 16,000 trees and supporting 3,000 nonprofit organizations. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, please access www.alcoa.com/foundation.

About Center for Climate and Energy Solutions 
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, long recognized in the United States and abroad as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate issues. C2ES is led by Eileen Claussen, who previously led the Pew Center and is the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. For more information about C2ES, visit www.C2ES.org.