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Alcoa Foundation is providing a two-year grant to expand the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary Take Action Project Girl Scouts Forever Green globally to 20 countries. This grant will enable U.S. and international councils to work together and lead their families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources. This partnership directly aligns with Alcoa Foundation's environment theme to reduce, recycle and replenish.
Girl Scouts is harnessing its members' passion for preserving natural resources by engaging in this global community action project, focused on making a significant impact on the environment. Throughout the year, Girl Scouts across the globe will identify and lead service projects and events focused on the environmental priorities in their local communities.
Alcoa Foundation and Girl Scouts are working to identify 20 international and 20 U.S. councils that will be "twinned" throughout two years to work on Girl Scouts Forever Green projects. Twinning will enhance mutual understanding and sharing of ideas and learnings across geographic locations. Alcoa employees will also volunteer with local Girl Scouts to implement environmental community service activities.
The Girl Scouts Forever Green 100th Anniversary Take Action Project was created after Girl Scouts research found that an overwhelming number of girls said protecting the environment is a top priority. This was proven during the program's pilot years, when the national effort saved more than 1.8 million kWh of energy, eliminated more than 2.8 million pounds of CO2, eliminated over 700,000 pounds of waste and saved nearly 200,000 gallons of water.
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.