Alcoa’s Sandow Mine Receives OSM 2012 Excellence in Surface Mining Award
Alcoa announced today that its Sandow Mine in Rockdale, Texas received the “Good Neighbor Award” in the 2012 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Awards from Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM).
Alcoa was recognized for successfully working with the community while conducting exemplary mining and reclamation at its Sandow Mine.
Community efforts focused on initiatives taken as part of Alcoa’s annual Green Works volunteering campaign. Alcoa Sandow Mine staff worked with local Boy Scout troops and their leaders and the Milam County, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden to stock and relocate fish, plant trees and assist with beekeeping activities at the mine.
In a letter congratulating Alcoa on the award, OSM Director Joseph G. Pizarchik said, “The enduring, on-the-ground results are a testament to your achievement. I commend you for the high standards that you set.”
Alcoa’s Green Works campaign, an annual two-month global volunteering initiative, was created to support the Company’s environmental programs and celebrate international environmental holidays like Arbor Day, Earth Day and World Environment Day. In 2012 nearly 20,000 Alcoa employees around the world took part.
“The Green Works events demonstrate Alcoa’s commitment to the sustainability of the natural resources found in the mine, as well as showing excellent environmental stewardship,” said Alcoa Energy Manager Tommy Hodges.
The Award will be formally presented to Alcoa at the MINExpo Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, in September.
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems, in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for ten consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.