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Alcoa's Kawneer Business Launches Program to Reduce Energy Costs

Published on December 4, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Alcoa's Kawneer business has joined together with the Pew Center on Global Climate Change to launch Make an Impact, an interactive environmental program designed to help individuals manage their carbon footprint and reduce energy costs. Kawneer is the first Alcoa (NYSE:AA) business to launch Make an Impact in North America.

The Make an Impact program was initially developed for Alcoa employees and their families. Kawneer, building on its commitment to provide sustainable solutions, is inviting community members and customers, including architects, glaziers and building and construction industry stakeholders throughout North America, to join them in taking part in the program. Kawneer is the leading manufacturer of architectural aluminum building products and systems for commercial construction.

Make an Impact includes an:

  • Interactive website - www.kawneer.com/makeanimpact - with tips, tools and resources on how to reduce energy bills and live more sustainably;
  • Custom-built carbon calculator featuring individual "footprint" analysis and personalized action planning; and a
  • Comprehensive outreach program of localized interactive workshops.

Pew Center President Eileen Claussen said: "We often think solutions to climate change and energy costs can come only from business and government, but everyone needs to play his or her part. Through our partnership with the Alcoa Foundation, and working with Alcoa's businesses, we are making that possible."

Kawneer's Sustainable Offerings

Kawneer offers versatile, sustainable solutions that can help reduce energy consumption and provide renewable energy for building and construction projects across North America. Its line of thermal, sun control and photovoltaic products work to conserve energy and enhance building performance, while increasing thermal efficiency, reducing solar heat gain and creating on-site renewable energy by capturing and converting sunlight into electricity. Kawneer is committed to managing its carbon footprint through energy efficiency, investment in renewables, productivity improvements, recycling and technological innovation. By introducing programs like Make an Impact to its employees, their families, the community and its customers, Kawneer is demonstrating its dedication to global climate change. And, with the commitment of Kawneer and Alcoa employees around the world, Alcoa has reduced its global greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent since 1990.

"Climate change is the most critical sustainability issue of our time and to make a difference we all need to take action - individually and together," said Glen Morrison, President of Kawneer North America. "Kawneer is committed to the environment and works toward making our message, 'Every Day You Make a Choice. Make a Choice That Counts' a reality. By bringing the Make an Impact program to our employees, the community, customers and architects, we are providing the tools to help them manage their environmental impact."

The Make an Impact program builds on the success of the program developed in Australia in 2006 through an Alcoa Foundation partnership with Greening Australia. Beginning with Kawneer North America's headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, Make an Impact will be introduced to Kawneer's North American locations over the next year.

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