Alcoa Employees Mobilize Worldwide to Celebrate Eco-Holidays
In celebration of Earth Day, World Environment Day and Arbor Day, thousands of Alcoa employees worldwide will volunteer to reduce their carbon footprint, recycle to save energy, and plant trees to replenish the environment from April 21 to June 21, as part of Alcoa Foundation’s Green Works initiative.
“Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Alcoa,” said Paula Davis, Alcoa Foundation President. “Green Works aims to get our employees and their families involved in greening their communities and encourages them to become environmental ambassadors.”
As a part of Green Works, Alcoa Foundation has created the “Imagine Your World” art contest for children of Alcoa’s 59,000 employees, who will create original artwork depicting their vision for tomorrow’s natural environment. Eight young winners will each receive a US $5,000 grant to their local school or a school in an underserved area.
To kick off Green Works globally, Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa Chairman and CEO, will join Alcoa New York employee volunteers, City Year and The Central Park Conservancy to revitalize infrastructure in iconic Central Park. Alcoa will also donate 20 recycling bins to the park.
The New York event is one of hundreds of Alcoa Green Works community service projects around the world, including:
Australia: Alcoa employees working with Greening Australia will launch the Make an Impact energy efficiency education program in the community of Pinjarra, Western Australia. Employees will plant over 3,500 native seedlings as part of Alcoa Australia’s annual Employee Tree Day.
Brazil: Alcoa employees in São Paulo will partner with The Nature Conservancy to host community workshops on recycling, reforestation and water conservation.
China: Alcoa will partner with the Qinhuangdao Bird Watching Association and Kunshan Charity Federation to plant nearly 2,000 trees.
Hungary: Alcoa employees will plant trees to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Hall-Heroult aluminum production process and the 70th anniversary of the Alcoa Köfém location in Szekesfehervar.
Iceland: Alcoa employees will beautify and help preserve Vatnajökull National Park.
Russia: In Belaya Kalitva, Alcoa Russia President, Andrey Donets, will lead an education session for middle school students about the importance of recycling. Alcoa employees will partner with the Samara Botanical Gardens to plant trees and beautify the park.
United States: Across the country, Alcoa locations will participate in electronics recycling drives to address the growing challenge of e-waste over the Earth Day weekend, April 20-25.