Greening Australia and Alcoa of Australia
Greening Australia has been working in a national, innovative partnership with Alcoa of Australia for 30 years.
The partnership began in 1982 with a number of broad goals, supporting a range of small projects around the country. From these early beginnings a strong partnership has grown with passionate people from both organisations working on ambitious environmental and community projects around the country.
Our partnership has strong, long-term objectives:
- striving for community engagement, knowledge sharing and capacity building between our organisations,
- inspiring and engaging positively with staff and their families; and
long-term landscape and river restoration.
In 2003, our unique partnership was acknowledged with a Prime Minsters Community Business Partnerships Award for Longevity – celebrating then 21 years of working together.
Greening Australia programs supported by Alcoa:
Our partnership with Alcoa has expanded to include a revegetation program in WA, Vic and NSW and two separate research projects united under the theme of ‘Towards resilient Landscapes’ which will take place in WA and Vic.
The WA work is centred on nutrient pathways titled ‘Phosphorus management to protect RAMSAR Wetlands’ and in Victoria biochar research gets a leg up with research focussed on ‘Harnessing bioenergy markets to build resilient landscapes’. Both require strong partnerships with academic partners and the work will take place over two years. Whilst we have the formal go-ahead for the planting days, we are still awaiting confirmation for the research.
This additional investment from the Alcoa group places Greening Australia as their single largest sponsorship – globally. This will certainly put us in the spotlight and the onus will be on delivering an excellent return on their investment. Luckily we have a great team in place to do just that.
Alcoa was a Founding Sponsor of Greening Australia's Breathe Easy carbon offset program. This program has now closed and outcomes are detailed at Biodiverse Carbon. Greening Australia is proud to acknowledge the support of Alcoa in the formation of our carbon offets programs and significant contribution working with Greening Australia on climate change programs.
Make an Impact
A program helping over 7000 Alcoa staff to reduce their greenhouse footprint. Learn more about Make an Impact here.
From the Wathaurong language meaning ‘place of paperbark trees’, this joint project sees Greening Australia working with Alcoa on a management plan for the their Point Henry Aluminum Smelter near Geelong in Victoria. The site spans 540 hectares and is home to a range of foreshore saltmarsh ecosystems, including saline and freshwater wetlands. The saltmarsh environment provides important habitat for wading birds, including migratory species. Work includes using cutting edge restoration technologies developed by project partners Deakin and Melbourne Universities. Visit Moolapio here
Grow Us a Home
A dynamic program using an animated website to introduce students in years 5-9 to soil types, plants and native animals in the Perth region. Visit Grow us a Home.
Alcoa Revegetation Assistance Scheme
A unique scheme helping land managers in Victoria to access specialised revegetation equipment, machinery and technical advice.
Alcoa Portland Seedbank
The Alcoa Portland Seedbank services the southwest region of Victoria in the coordination and collection of seed and the provision of technical information. It also offers a trading sevice for many local seed species and supports grassland and seed orchard projects filling a gap in land restoration and biodiversity needs.
- 29 years of partnership.
- 2004 Prime Minsters Community Business Partnerships Award for Longevity.
- Over 12 million trees planted and extensive community environmental education achieved.
Make An Impact
Helping households reduce their greenhouse footprint. Learn more here.
Rivers of WA
An educational resource about Western Australian rivers, supported by Alcoa more
Grow Us a Home
An interactive website introducing students to flora and fauna in the Perth region more