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Alcoa, Inc.

March 03, 2005 09:20 ET

Alcoa Employees Selected as Earthwatch Fellows


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MARCH 3, 2005 - 09:20 ET

Alcoa Employees Selected as Earthwatch Fellows

PITTSBURGH--(CCNMatthews - Mar 3, 2005) -

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced that 15 employees and contractors from
Alcoa locations across the globe have been selected as Earthwatch
Institute fellows and will participate in scientific research
expeditions around the world as part of the company's overall
conservation and sustainability efforts.

A few of the expeditions that the fellows will participate in include:

-- Jizera Mountains, northern Bohemia, Czech Republic Alcoa
representatives from Australia and The Netherlands will travel to the
Czech Republic to assist a team of hydrologists working to rehabilitate
headwaters from acid rain damage.

-- Algarve, Portugal Alcoa representatives from the USA and China will
help scientists learn about Europe's most mysterious and smallest
seabird, the storm petrel. The findings will help reveal complex links
among climate change, ocean ecosystems and the bird's survival.

-- The Pantanal, Brazil Alcoa representatives from Spain and Germany
will assist a multi-national team of scientists in a conservation
research center in the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland.

This is the third year that Alcoa has teamed with Earthwatch Institute
to enable Alcoa employees and contractors to participate in the research
studies that offer personal development opportunities and help raise
awareness and appreciation for the Earth's ecosystems.

"Alcoa is committed to environmental education projects that assist
scholars in building a sustainable future for our world. We view this
program as an investment in our people, in our environment, in our
company and in the Earth's future," said Pat Atkins, Alcoa's director of
environmental affairs. "This partnership helps to further educate our
workforce about the important role that nature and our environment have
on our daily lives. Many times when they return, they begin to approach
their jobs and their personal lives with a different perspective.

"Not only are these employees removed from the daily business
environment for two weeks, but they are immersed in a different culture
with a team of researchers and lay people from various backgrounds who
approach issues from numerous perspectives."

Expeditioners nominate themselves for selection and are selected on
merit by a team of judges from Alcoa and Earthwatch Institute. All
travel and accommodation costs are paid, and the expeditioners use their
available vacation time to participate. Alcoa provides a grant to
Earthwatch to support research projects where the Alcoa fellows are
participating.

The expeditioners are a diverse group representing Alcoa's worldwide
operations and businesses. They will assist in the projects for up to
two weeks under the guidance of leading scientists. During their
expeditions, they will publish a diary of their experiences along with
photographs on Alcoa.com. To learn more about the expeditions, visit
www.alcoa.com.

About Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch Institute (www.earthwatch.org) is an international non-profit
organization founded in 1971 which supports scientific field research
worldwide by offering members of the public unique opportunities to work
alongside leading field scientists and researchers. The Institute's
mission is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources
and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists,
educators, and the general public.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum,
fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major
aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive,
packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and
industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other
capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum
products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including
Reynolds Wrap® foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco®
household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures,
fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution
systems for cars and trucks. The company has 131,000 employees in 43
countries and has been a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for
45 years and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2001. More
information can be found at www.alcoa.com.

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Contact Information

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