Alcoa Foundation and C2ES Help U.S. Schools Pledge More Than 21 Million Pounds of CO2 Savings

Press Release

April 17, 2013

Contacts: Amy Morsch
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Malika Harrison
Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation and C2ES Help U.S. Schools Pledge More Than 21 Million Pounds of CO2 Savings

10,400 Participants Help Schools in 5 States Win Grants Worth $10,000

WASHINGTON – Alcoa Foundation and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) announced today that schools across Alcoa (NYSE:AA) communities in five states have won a total of $10,000 in grants after competing in the ‘Change Our 2morrow (CO2) Schools’ Challenge.’

During the month-long educational energy conservation competition, more than 10,400 participants collectively committed to take actions in their daily lives that will save more than 21 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions – the equivalent of taking 2,000 cars off the road for one year.

The winners of the 2013 ‘Change Our 2morrow (CO2) Schools’ Challenge are:

Grand Prize — $5,000 Alcoa Foundation grant

  • Ridgedale Middle School- Florham Park, NJ

Honorable Mention — $1,000 Alcoa Foundation grant

  • Ladera Vista Junior High – Fullerton, CA
  • Valadez Middle School Academy – Placentia, CA
  • Kesling Middle School – La Porte, IN
  • Paul F. Boston Middle School – La Porte, IN
  • Kulshan Middle School – Bellingham, WA

“We applaud all of the Challenge participants for the impressive actions they took to save energy, reduce their water usage and recycle more,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “By engaging students, teachers, families and communities to take action, we can inspire ‘greener’ living and enhance the environment for the entire community.”

The Make an Impact: Change Our 2morrow (CO2) Schools’ Challenge is part of Alcoa Foundation’s commitment to address regional environmental challenges, improve energy efficiency and enhance global reforestation projects. The investment is aligned with Alcoa Foundation’s sustainability focus to reduce, recycle and replenish.

“Providing middle school students with practical ways to save energy and help the environment is especially rewarding,” said Katie Mandes, C2ES Vice President of Community Engagement and Director of the Make an Impact program. “We know we’re giving them tools that they can use for a lifetime. We applaud the hard work and creativity of all the schools and communities that took part in this year’s challenge.”

The Change Our 2morrow (CO2) Schools Challenge is a fun and engaging competition that encourages students, parents and community members to use an interactive carbon calculator to determine their carbon footprint, explore online energy conservation resources, and select actions they will take to save energy from an energy efficiency pledge list. Ridgedale Middle School incorporated the schools challenge into the environmental science curriculum and other subject areas, showing students how to accurately measure energy use and save energy at home and school.

Over the years, the Make An Impact Schools’ Challenge has resulted in commitments from nearly 25,000 people to reduce carbon emissions by more than 41 million pounds – the same amount sequestered by more than 15,000 acres of US forests.


Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.


The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, long recognized in the United States and abroad as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate issues.


The Make an Impact program helps individuals learn how to live more sustainably through the use of educational tools and hands on experience. To date, Make an Impact has directly engaged more than 300,000 individuals and collectively committed to reduce more than 67 million pounds of greenhouse gas savings. The program features:

  • A custom-built carbon calculator with individual carbon footprint analysis.
  • A dynamic website with tips, tools and resources on how to reduce energy bills and live more sustainably.
  • A comprehensive outreach program of educational workshops and hands-on activities to support local action.

The Make an Impact: Change Our 2morrow (CO2) program promotes energy efficiency through a fun and engaging online competition, which features educational resources about energy conservation and an interactive carbon calculator.

To find out more about Make an Impact, how your company or organization can sign on, or to measure your own carbon footprint, visit