Community

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.
 

Rio Tinto Stadium

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

Natural History Museum of Utah

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 Scholarship Program

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

Magna Head Start

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

Kennecott Nature Center

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.

Hale Centre Theatre

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

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.

Tracy Aviary

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.

Daybreak

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

 
Environment
Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
Envision Utah
Friends of Alta
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival
St. John’s Community Child
Development Center
The Nature Conservancy
Tooele County Trails
Tooele County Weed Control Division
TreeUtah
Utah Community Forest Council

 
Utah State University
Utah Zoological Society
(dba Utah's Hogle Zoo)
Utahns Against Hunger
Wasatch Community Gardens

 

Engagement

American Red Cross
Angel's Hands Foundation
Cancer Wellness House
City of West Jordan
Clark Planetarium
Copperton Township Improvement District
Cyprus High School
Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross
Hale Centre Theatre
Herriman City
Holy Cross Ministries
Lowell Bennion Community Service Center
Magna Community Council
NAIOP Utah
Natural History Museum of Utah
People Helping People
Resolution Horse Company
Salt Lake Acting Company
Salt Lake Center for Engaging Community
Salt Lake Education Foundation
South Valley Sanctuary
Special Olympics Utah
The Road Home
Tooele County
Tooele County Parks and Recreation
University Neighborhood Partners
University of Utah
University of Utah College of Health
University of Utah College of Science
University of Utah Pioneer Theatre Company
University of Utah Red Butte Garden
Utah Clean Energy
Utah Film Center
Utah Partners for Health
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
Vest Pocket Business Coalition
West Valley City Community Emergency
Response Team Association

 

Education
Ballet West
Cancer Wellness House
Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
Elk Run Elementary School
English Skills Learning Center
Foundation for Earth Science
Friends of Tracy Aviary
Granger High School
Granite Education Foundation
Guadalupe School
Head Start
Herriman High School
Jordan Education Foundation
Junior Achievement of Utah
Kearns High School
Magna Ethnic and Mining Museum
Murray Education Foundation (for the Kennecott Nature Center of Murray)
Salt Lake City School District
The Children's Center
Tooele County School District
United Way of Salt Lake
University of Utah Health Care NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit)
Utah Food Bank
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
Westminster College