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Pillars of Sustainable Education is a $1.5 million cross-sector program created by Alcoa Foundation. The program will provide grants to pre-selected universities to support the realization of community-based projects that explore innovative uses of sustainable materials. Throughout the program, Grantees will be responsible for providing regular reports with images, graphics and tangible deliverables via the Open Architecture Network. Grantees will also participate in knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer exchanges as coordinated and facilitated by Architecture for Humanity and the International Living Future Institute in partnership with the Alcoa Foundation. The grants, totaling up to $60,000 per year will support 1-3 year projects reaching approximately 150 participating students and faculty.

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$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.

The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Composed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. The Institute runs the Living Building Challenge, Living Community Challenge, Living Product Challenge, Net Zero Energy Certification, the Cascadia Green Building Council, Ecotone Publishing, Declare, JUST and other leading-edge programs. A global network of more than 350 volunteers across nearly 30 countries drive the local adoption of restorative principles in their communities.