Habitat for Humanity Canada names the first winners of the Rio Tinto Alcan Sustainable Homes programme

    MONTREAL, May 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan and Habitat for Humanity
Canada have named the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Winnipeg as the
first-place award winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Sustainable Homes programme.
The programme is designed to encourage Habitat for Humanity affiliates to
incorporate sustainable, energy efficient components into their building
    "We congratulate all participating Habitat for Humanity affiliates for
their success in providing affordable, environmentally friendly homes for low
income families," said Jacynthe Côté, Chief executive, Rio Tinto Alcan. "In
addition to reducing homeowner costs and making housing more affordable in the
long term, the energy efficiency measures encouraged by the Rio Tinto Alcan
Sustainable Homes programme can reduce a single household's greenhouse gas
emissions by up to three tonnes per year."
    The winning Habitat for Humanity Canada affiliate in Winnipeg will
receive C$100,000 to go towards its continued success in building affordable,
safe, and sustainable housing. In second place, the Grey-Bruce affiliate will
receive C$60,000, followed by the Yukon in third place to receive C$30,000.
Ten additional affiliates will receive C$1,000 including Huronia, the National
Capital Region, Iqaluit, Victoria, the North Bay and Blue Sky Region, Toronto,
Prince Edward-Hastings, Northumberland, Halton and Kelowna.
    "The impact of utility costs is a significant one in any household
budget, but for low income families, it can be a determining factor in whether
or not it's realistic to keep a home," said Stewart Hardacre, President and
Chief Operating Officer, Habitat for Humanity Canada. "We're thrilled that Rio
Tinto Alcan can help us in our fight against 'energy poverty' through this
incentive program for our Canadian affiliates."
    Habitat for Humanity Canada has 72 affiliates, of which 34 registered for
the program and 22 participated. Winners were selected by a committee
consisting of Habitat for Humanity Canada liaisons, Rio Tinto Alcan
representatives, and external consultants. Award criteria included the quality
of sustainable construction methods and practices used; innovation and
demonstrated creativity during project execution; and safety, health and
environment initiatives.
    The 2009 competition marked the first year of the Rio Tinto Alcan
Sustainable Homes programme, which was preceded by the Alcan Builds on
Recycling programme from 2004 to 2008.

    About Habitat for Humanity Canada

    Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit, faith-based
organisation working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to
live. Its mission is to mobilise volunteers and community partners in building
affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the
cycle of poverty. Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985 and consists
of over 50,000 volunteers and 72 affiliate organisations from coast to coast.
It is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which spans 93
countries, has built over 300,000 homes, and is now building a new home every
10 minutes.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto
Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
    Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and
uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and
iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia
and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe
and southern Africa.

For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Canada:
Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151, stefano.bertolli@riotinto.com; Media
Relations, Habitat for Humanity Canada: Cameron McAlpine, Optimum Public
Relations, (416) 432-1503, Cameron.McAlpine@Cossette.com;
www.riotintoalcan.com; www.riotintoalcansustainablehomes.com; www.habitat.ca

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