Nominations are made by the public, and a diverse group of local leaders decide on the winners.
Alcoa's Warrick plant was nominated by Dan Schenk, the chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College. He cited Alcoa's investments in environmental improvements at its business and in the community, including the annual Environmental Open House and its Household Hazardous Waste Recycling days, as well as the willingness of the plant's management to actively engage with the community.
"Alcoa Warrick Operations is a regional leader in utilizing the public's input in improving environmental performance," the application reads. "It has a commitment to go above and beyond…and our community is better because of all the things that Alcoa doesn't have to do, but does."
"This is a special recognition for us because it comes from our community," said Ed Hemmersbach, Warrick Rigid Packaging Location Manager. "At Alcoa, we recognize that the success of our business is directly connected to the strength of the communities in which we operate. Good corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship are core values at Alcoa."