ALBERTAN ECOHEROES TAKE ONE STEP CLOSER TO RECEIVING PRESTIGIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

CALGARY, AB – Today, at Calgary’s Eau Claire Market, hopeful nominees joined the Alberta Emerald Foundation (AEF), its sponsors, volunteers and other members from the local community, for the announcement of the 25th Annual Emerald Awards Finalists.

Over the past weeks, a panel of knowledgeable third-party judges with cross-sectoral experience rose to the challenge of narrowing down the brilliant examples of innovation and environmental achievement nominated this year for the uniquely-Albertan award. A maximum of three nominees in each of the ten Emerald Award categories have been selected as a finalist. Only one per category will take home the award.

“The Alberta Emerald Foundation is at the forefront of celebrating great achievements in sustainable development, bringing awareness to the many unique environmental projects occurring throughout Alberta,” says Aaron Dublenko, past Emerald Award recipient and member of the current judging panel. “Whether it’s schools, industry, government, non-governmental agencies, large or small companies, anyone can be acknowledged for their ingenuity in sustainable practices. Such recognition reminds us that despite the many pressures our air, water and soil face, people are working tirelessly to use less, reduce their footprints and educate others on how to do the same.”

“We are the only Foundation in the country to recognize the important work of environmental leaders across all sectors,” says Andy Etmanski, Chair of the Board, AEF. “By honouring and elevating the ingenuity, dedication and hard work of these individuals and organizations, we inspire others to follow their example, benefiting all Albertans with a healthier and cleaner environment.”

The Emerald Awards recognize and celebrate environmental excellence achieved by individuals, not-for-profit associations, large and small corporations, community groups and governments from across Alberta. Since 1992, the Emerald Awards has recognized over 475 finalists and 280 recipients who have demonstrated creative thinking and innovation in environmental management systems, technologies and education programs. The 25th Annual Emerald Awards will be presented on June 8, 2016 at Telus Spark in Calgary.

Here’s the complete 25th Annual Emerald Awards Finalists Announcement Media Announcement!

ANNOUNCING THE 25TH ANNUAL EMERALD AWARD FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order)

LARGE BUSINESS (>100 EMPLOYEES)
presented by ENBRIDGE

ConocoPhillips Canada
Project: Implementing and Sharing Energy Efficiency Innovation
Calgary

Mattamy Homes
Project: Mattamy ecoEII NZEH Community – Cityscape
Calgary

NOVA Chemicals
Project: NOVA Chemicals Community Nature Trail
Red Deer

SMALL BUSINESS (<100 EMPLOYEES)
presented by ConocoPhillips Canada

Bullfrog Power Inc.
Calgary

DIG | Do It Green
Calgary

Echo-Logic Land Corporation
Project: Echohaven
Calgary

EDUCATION
presented by ABCRC

School or Classroom

Aspen Heights MicroSociety
Project: Creating the Ultimate Environmental Experience
Red Deer

Clandonald School
Project: Warriors of the Rainbow
Clandonald

Johnny Dulku and Kitty Cochrane
Project: Fort McMurray Public School District’s Green Champions
Fort McMurray

Post-Secondary

NAIT
Project: Alternative Energy Technology Program
Edmonton

University of Alberta – Augustana Campus
Project: University-based Community Service-Learning for the Environment
Camrose

Community Group or Not-For-Profit Association
presented by Syncrude

Grassroots (<100 employees)

Electronic Recycling Association
Calgary

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park
Project: The Learning Natural Program
Calgary

Sustainable Food Edmonton
Edmonton

Large Organization (>100 employees)

Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
Project: Social Enterprise
Calgary

Green Calgary
Calgary

Momentum
Project: Momentum’s Sustainability Audit Group
Calgary

Public Education & Outreach

City of Edmonton
Project: The Master Naturalist Program
Edmonton

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Project: The Classroom Energy Diet
Ottawa

Strathcona County Utilities
Project: Green Routine
Sherwood Park

Youth
presented by Shell Canada

Hayley Todesco
Calgary

Kelsey Armstrong
Project: Storm Drain Survival Kits
Lethbridge

Government Institution
presented by ATCO Gas & ATCO Electric

City of Edmonton: Utility Services Branch
Project: Reuse Centre
Edmonton

University of Calgary
Program: High Performance Green Building Program
Calgary

Shared Footprints Award
presented by Alberta Real Estate Foundation

ALUS in Alberta
Calgary

Beaver Hills Initiative
Sherwood Park

Individual Commitment

Jerry Brunen
Western Sky Land Trust Society
Calgary

Melvin Mathison
Lakeland College
Vermilion

Roy and Judy Louis
Battle River First Nation Water Ceremony
Maskwacis

Emerald Challenge: Innovation
sponsored in part by GE Energy

Environmental Law Centre (Alberta) Society
Project: Bringing Environment into the Classroom: Environmental Law 101 in Alberta High Schools
Edmonton

Quest Carbon Capture & Storage
Shell Canada
Fort Saskatchewan

Town of Banff
Banff

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