Make an Impact Fall 2011 Newsletter


Fall 2011   Inside this issue:
  Make an Impact Hero: Sabrina Gonzalez  
  Make an Impact Hero Sabrina Gonzalez
She cycles. She recycles. 

When Sabrina Gonzalez walks the walk, she does it on a bicycle. Biking to and from work to save gas and carbon is only the beginning of Sabrina's commitment to a low-carbon life. Sabrina, HR Manager at Alcoa Fastening Systems in Carson, CA, recently helped spearhead the June 16 launch of Make an Impact at Carson, where more than 300 Alcoans got the message about saving energy, saving money and saving the planet through simple, low-cost lifestyle changes that can be done at home. A true environmental ambassador, she's been taking Make an Impact on the road, presenting the program to members of the Carson Rotary Club. Well done, Sabrina, a needy planet salutes you!

This is the first installment of a series profiling Alcoans who are making an impact on climate change. If you know someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, nominate them by clicking here.

Be a hero yourself and complete the Make an Impact calculator.

  Football season is insulation season

It's Football Season. Time to Insulate!

Are you ready for football ... er ... heating season? Every little draft, every patch of thin insulation, every old-fashioned light bulb is going to cost you money. Our web story on how to reduce energy waste will point you to a fall checklist that will help you audit your own fall energy conservation opportunities. We’ll also link you to some handy web resources on reducing heating costs, upgrading appliances and finding tax incentives and rebates ... all things that you can get done during halftime breaks.

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Serving the community in Brazil.

Alcoa Counts Down to Month of Service

A countdown clock posted atop Alcoa's website is ticking off the seconds, and Alcoans around the world are gearing up for the company's sixth annual Month of Service. The October event sends Alcoa's global workforce out to volunteer in Alcoa communities wherever help is needed. This year, Alcoa is planning more than 650 Month of Service events, including 50 environmental workshops and 61 outdoor cleanup projects. During more than 7,000 hours of service, 45,000 Alcoans, retirees and community members will partner with more than 800 nonprofit organizations and community groups. In addition to workshops and cleanup projects, Alcoa expects to plant more than 8,500 trees and recycle an estimated 48,000 aluminum cans.

Learn more on the website.

  America Recycles Day logo

America Recycles Day: Get Involved!

America Recycles Day, celebrated each year on November 15, is a great time to review your recycling habits and look for new ways to help your community save money and energy. You’d think recycling was a no-brainer. Everybody recycles, right? Actually, if you look at the numbers, you’d be surprised at how far the U.S. has to go. Our current recycling rate for aluminum cans, for example, is just 54.2%, ranking the U.S. well below the global rate of 69.1%. Alcoa’s goal is to raise the national rate to 75% by 2015. You can do your part. First, make sure you’re taking advantage of all the recycling opportunities available.

Learn more about what you can do here.

News Bits
  MAI team on The Weather Channel
MAI pundits on TWC
Make an Impact on TV
On July 26, Make an Impact was highlighted on the NBC/ Weather Channel show “Changing Planet: Clean Energy, Green Jobs, and Global Competition.” Chuck Strunk, employee from Warrick Operations, is featured in the clip. Watch it here.

Alcoa in the News
For the tenth consecutive year, Alcoa has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), one of the most highly recognized and long-standing global sustainability indexes. Alcoa was also named the Industry Leader for the Aluminum Sector.Read more here.

Alcoa logo
  Alcoa Earthwatch Fellows on location in China
On location in China.
Alcoa Earthwatch Fellows: Back in the Field

They followed puma footprints, counted beehives, measured trees and took samples of leaf litter. They traveled to remote and fragile ecosystems in China and Brazil. After a week-long expedition, they came back to work ready to share what they learned with their colleagues and communities. This year Alcoa sent 25 fellows on week-long expeditions supporting scientific research on sustainability. The final expedition ends this month.

You can read the Earthwatch expedition blog here.

  Join the Community


The Make An Impact website isn't the only online community that can help you stay in touch with your friends while you save energy. Here's a list of great resources for ideas and information.

Make An Impact on Facebook
Get Make An Impact updates on your Facebook page and connect with others who share the commitment.

Climate Compass Blog
In-depth information, news and analysis from Alcoa's partner in developing Make An Impact, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

Alcoa's Recycling Blog
Alcoa Recycling is making the world a greener place, one can at a time. In 2010, Alcoa Recycling will provide 50,000 bins to community organizations as part of its Recycling Bin Program. 
Follow the recycling blog here.



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