Make an Impact Team Helps Alcoa Workers Go Green

Participants in the session received tools to help green their homes.

The Make an Impact (MAI) program received a warm welcome Aug. 7 at Alcoa Howmet in Dover, New Jersey, where about 800 employees were introduced to tips on how they can save energy at home, and save money in the process.

A collaborative program by Alcoa Foundation and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), Make an Impact offers an energy efficiency-focused website packed with tips on how to reduce energy use as well as a best-in-class carbon calculator, a tool to analyze one’s personal carbon footprint.

The Make an Impact launch at Alcoa Dover was one of many efforts the plant has made to increase its sustainability. During the workshop, the Environment, Health and Safety manager at Alcoa Dover, Steve Fromkin, presented the facility’s achievements, including: 75 percent reduction in water use; 50 percent reduction in overall landfill waste disposal; nearly $2 million in annual savings and an exhaustive list of everyday materials that are recycled or repurposed.

"We were incredibly impressed by Alcoa Dover's initiatives to green their business and reduce their impact on their environment," said Katie Mandes, vice president of community engagement at the C2ES. "It was inspiring to see the dedication of the employees and we are eager to continue working with Dover to support their future sustainability efforts."

Many employees came out to the Green Market.

In conjunction with the MAI launch, Alcoa’s human resources office pulled out all the stops when planning and executing a “Green Market.” More than a dozen local sustainability-related vendors were invited, including Ayers Chevrolet, which displayed hybrid cars, and AERC Recycling Solutions, which provided information on local recycling options for batteries and electronics. The vendors spoke with employees about ways they can reduce their carbon footprint. After Alcoa Dover employees gleaned “green” information from the market, they had the chance to munch on local, organic hamburgers and take home some free produce, grown by local farmers.

"Nearly 800 Alcoans participated in the Make and Impact launch at Dover and learned about the small, yet meaningful actions they can with minimal effort take to become more energy efficient and save money," said Jamie Horst, community engagement manager for Alcoa Foundation. "The Green Market was an added benefit that allowed employees to speak with local vendors and organizations about recycling, water conservation, eco-friendly products and much more."