Term: Sustainability | The Aluminum Association

The Modern Skyscraper

The modern skyscraper would not be possible without the use of aluminum. With aluminum’s durability, high strength-to-weight ratio, design flexibility and contributions to energy savings, it is the material of choice for architects and designers. In fact, there are many things in buildings that are made from aluminum including door frames, window frames, siding, roofs, curtain walls and entire facades. Using aluminum in buildings can even help the structure qualify for green building status under LEED.

VIDEO: The Aluminum Advantage

Aluminum is everywhere—literally. The most abundant, naturally occurring metal in the earth’s crust, aluminum is an essential element of modern life. Aluminum keeps the world moving.

Celebrating the World’s Best Beverage Container

A mainstay on supermarket shelves, in vending machines and on kitchen counters everywhere for more than 50 years, the aluminum can is making a comeback of sorts – with craft beer brewers nationwide expressing their love for the humble package. Lightweight, infinitely recyclable and impervious to light and air, brewers love the can because it keeps beer fresher and protects taste.

U.S. Aluminum Industry 2012 Recycling Rate

Aluminum Industry Cited for Industrial Efficiency in Bloomberg Factbook

The aluminum industry was highlighted in the 2014 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook as a case study in how industrial efficiency efforts can have a positive impact on the environment.

New Study Shows Aluminum Superior to Steel in Shedding Vehicle Body Mass, Boosting Fuel Economy

Industry Reveals Results of New Vehicle Design Study at 2013 SAE World Congress

A new study released today shows that an all-aluminum vehicle can shed more than 40 percent body mass, boosting fuel economy by 18 percent when combined with secondary mass savings and other design changes. The study helps explain why car and truck makers are shifting away from steel to aluminum, and supports projections that aluminum-intensive vehicles will become more common in the marketplace with continued demand for more fuel efficient vehicles.

Aluminum Association Applauds Passage of Senate Resolution 251

ARLINGTON, Va.,The Aluminum Association today applauded the U.S. Senate for its passage, by unanimous consent, of Senate Resolution 251, "a resolution expressing support for improvement in the collection, processing, and consumption of recyclable materials throughout the United States."