Climate change is arguably the most critical sustainability issue of our time. According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the “United States faces the potential for abrupt climate change in the 21st century that could pose clear risks to society in terms of our ability to adapt.” To make a difference we all need to take action - individually and together.

Throughout our more than 100-year history, Kawneer has been committed to helping our local and global communities. In keeping with this tradition, Kawneer recently joined with Alcoa and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change to launch Make an Impact, an interactive environmental program designed to help individuals manage their carbon footprint and reduce energy costs. We would like to invite you to join us in taking part in this exciting and meaningful program. Make an Impact includes:

• An interactive website – kawneer.com/makeanimpact – with tips, tools and resources on how to reduce energy bills and live more sustainably;

• A custom-built carbon calculator featuring individual “footprint” analysis and personalized action planning; and

• A comprehensive outreach program of localized interactive workshops.

Kawneer is constantly working toward making our message, ”Every Day You Make a Choice. Make a Choice That Counts” a reality. Our range of sustainable solutions can help reduce energy consumption and provide renewable energy for building and construction projects across North America. Our line of thermal, sun control and photovoltaic products works to conserve energy and enhance building performance, while increasing thermal efficiency, reducing solar heat gain and creating on-site renewable energy by capturing and converting sunlight into electricity. We are committed to managing our carbon footprint through energy efficiency, investment in renewables, productivity improvements, recycling and technological innovation. By bringing programs like Make an Impact to you, our employees and their families, and the community, we are continuing to encourage a positive response to global climate change. Kawneer was the first Alcoa business to launch Make an Impact in North America.

The Make an Impact program builds on the success of the program developed in Australia in 2006 through an Alcoa Foundation partnership with Greening Australia. Beginning with Kawneer North America’s headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, followed by Visalia, California, Make an Impact will be introduced to Kawneer’s North American locations over the next year. Again, we invite you to join us in taking part in this exciting new program.

To find out more about Make an Impact, click here.