Investing in the community is a key part of our future
Take a closer look at our commitment to sustainable development.
Keeping the ball rolling
Partnering with community organizations is part of our strategy. Watch this video to learn how we are investing in the community.
Keeping the ball rolling in our community
At Rio Tinto Kennecott, our commitment to sustainable development within the community is an important part of how we do business. We have a long-term strategy to partner with community organizations that align with our core values.
Cultivating these core values through our community partnerships helps us strengthen our operations and products, build enduring communities and provide lasting benefits for our company and our community.
Take a closer look at the local organizations we support
We encourage you to learn more about the organizations we partner with to meet our needs, and those of the community, in the areas of engagement, environment and education.
In September 2008, Rio Tinto Kennecott purchased naming rights for the Rio Tinto stadium that hosts Real Salt Lake, a Major League Soccer club. In addition to naming rights, this investment provides the opportunity for us to be involved in education and youth sport programs in the Salt Lake area. Through this sponsorship, we have a unique opportunity to educate the community about mining and to partner on community events. Take a closer look
In 2008, Rio Tinto Kennecott donated $15 million towards the construction of the Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center. This partnership reflects our shared passion for the natural sciences and our shared commitment to sustainable development. This partnership creates a world-class educational opportunity for students and citizens of Utah, and the many world-wide visitors that come to the state each year.
As the museum’s founding sustainability partner, Kennecott has collaborated with the Museum to create a “sustainability trail,” one of several internal road maps that guide visitors through the Museum’s galleries. This trail features exhibits and activities on how to create a more sustainable environment. It also addresses topics on geologic resources, water use and climate change. Take a closer look
Kennecott offers three scholarship programs to students in Utah. Scholarships provide students the opportunity to earn a valuable education, and we use these scholarships to introduce and cultivate a relationship with possible future employees. Many of the Kennecott Scholars are offered internships and graduate positions. Take a closer look
As a long-time supporter of the Head Start programs in Salt Lake County, Kennecott helped purchase Creative Curriculum Gold for the new facility in Magna, Utah, with a 2011 grant. Curriculum Gold is nationally known for being forward-thinking, comprehensive and rigorously researched. The curriculum helps teachers plan and implement content-rich, developmentally appropriate programs that support active learning and promote children's progress in all developmental areas, including math, science, literacy, arts, technology and social studies. Head Start also teaches children about health, nutrition and hygiene. Take a closer look
In 1999, Kennecott partnered with Murray School District and Murray City to create a classroom facility on the banks of the Jordan River. Every year, more than 10,000 school children from Murray and Granite School Districts visit the Kennecott Nature Center to learn about environmental science in a natural wetlands setting.
Kennecott has supported the Hale Centre Theatre since the mid-1990s. The theatre welcomes more than 250,000 patrons per year, including 5,000 students from Title 1 schools, and is the highest attended theatre in Utah. In 2011, we proudly became Hale Centre Theatre’s first Presenting Sponsor. Our donation helps provide an excellent, affordable and family-friendly art experience to Utah residents. We renewed this sponsorship for the 2012-13 season.
Early Light Academy is a Kindergarten-through-grade-nine public charter school located in South Jordan, Utah. Opened in 2009, Early Light Academy’s mission is to deliver a high-quality education with a deep, rich and engaging curriculum that emphasizes history, utilizing effective instructional techniques. Kennecott helped support the school’s 44 solar panels, a display in the entryway that shows real-time data, and a website that showcases the same information. The solar panels and learning tools provide children an opportunity to learn about renewable energy resources and the environment.
Kennecott has many partnerships to help improve the biodiversity of our community. The Tracy Aviary fosters caring for the natural world by enriching and transforming lives through a connection with birds. We have long supported the exhibits of the Tracy Aviary, including the Rare Birds Exhibit that was introduced in 2012.
Kennecott has a strong commitment to sustainable development, and Daybreak showcases this commitment. A portion of the Daybreak property had once been impacted by historic mining activities, which led to a period of unprecedented remediation, restoration and reclamation through the mid-2000s.
Daybreak is now a sustainably developed community that balances the social, environmental and economic needs of residents and local businesses. It’s a place where important elements of life have been combined to allow residents to live, work, play and learn in a walkable, vibrant community that provides transportation options and integrates intelligent community design choices. Take a closer look