Alcoa Foundation Advancing Sustainability Research
Legacy Alcoa Foundation created the Advancing Sustainability Research: Innovative Partnerships for Actionable Solutions initiative in response to serious sustainability challenges facing the world. Focusing on issues with the potential to impact our world for generations to come such as climate change, energy consumption, water management, and accelerated development in emerging countries, Legacy Alcoa Foundation invested US $4 million to support 10 ground-breaking research studies in the fields of natural resource management, materials science and engineering, sustainable design, energy and environmental economics.
The program’s research initiatives focused on: Improved environmental practices for local communities or corporations; Informed public policy decisions and standards; Innovative design utilizing lightweight materials; Advanced methods for lightweight materials research and cost-benefit analysis.
Dozens of thought leaders worldwide conducted breakthrough research. Through the program's combination of pure and applied research and interdisciplinary structure, the partners not only defined the challenges but also worked to give decision makers usable information. Across five continents, the program's partner organizations tackled issues that had local impact and global implications.
Alcoa Foundation Advancing Sustainability Research was managed by Legacy Alcoa Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education. The initiative supported an active program of publishing and online dissemination and discussion of the results among researchers and stakeholders. This facilitated the sharing of solutions with the sustainability community worldwide and with others working in these specific fields.