The Emerald Awards

Albertans are passionate about balancing the development of this province’s rich resources with environmental stewardship. The Emerald Awards recognize and reward the excellent environmental initiatives undertaken each year by large and small corporations, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups and governments.

Each year the Foundation receives nominations in ten established categories. Nominations open in November and close at the end of February.

A panel of knowledgeable judges, with cross-sectoral experience, carry out an independent evaluation based on criteria outlined in the nominations package and select the finalists and recipients.

In June each year, about 500 guests gather in Edmonton or Calgary to celebrate environmental excellence in Alberta and provide recognition to those individuals and organizations whose commitment to our environment truly demonstrates leadership. Because of the ingenuity, dedication and hard work of our recipients and finalists, others will follow; the innovative will become the norm, resulting in a healthier and cleaner environment.


Do you know an individual, group or business that has raised the bar for environmental excellence? Someone who has gone “above and beyond” in the protection of the environment? Share their success an Emerald Award nomination.

Nominations for the 24th Annual Emerald Awards are now closed.



Recognizing large businesses (of 101 employees or more) and small businesses (of up to 100 employees) that demonstrate a significant ongoing commitment to the environment, social responsibility and exceed normal practices or statutory duties.


Recognizing classrooms, schools or school boards within the formal education system, formal educational curricula and programs as well as post-secondary programs. The category acknowledges those nominees that have gone beyond the normal practices and shown leadership and creativity in educating students about environmental matters.

Public Education & Outreach
Presented by shell canada ltd

Recognizing individuals, organizations and on-the-ground local initiatives within the non-formal education system that demonstrate leadership and creativity in educating the broader public about environmental matters.

Community Group or
Not-For-Profit Association

Acknowledging environmental achievement by grassroots community groups, volunteer initiatives, not-for-profits and professional associations, this award recognizes particular initiatives that demonstrate the group’s commitment to the environment and has produced measurable, positive change.

Government Institution
Presented by ATCO Gas & ATCO Electric

Recognizing all levels of government, Crown corporations, public institutions, agencies, boards, etc., that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the environment and exceed normal practice or statutory duties. This category includes universities, colleges and schools at the facilities or governance level (i.e. facilities enhancements or policy changes).

Individual Commitment

Recognizing individuals committed to protecting the environment through personal initiative and/or within and through the organizations in which they work. Characteristics of nominees include: enthusiasm and resourcefulness in educating, inspiring and influencing others locally, provincially and/or more broadly. This category can be about lifetime achievement or something new and innovative with a particular “wow” factor.


Recognizing young people for initiatives that contribute to the future environmental well-being of the province of Alberta. The finalists have taken innovative action and demonstrated commitment to address or substantially mitigate a local, regional or provincial environmental issue. They have also shared the results and lessons learned so that others might be inspired to undertake similar initiatives.

Emerald Challenge Award: Water
Presented by: Encana

The theme for the 2014 Emerald Challenge Award is WATER. This award recognizes excellence and leadership related to activities in water. Any individual, group or business many nominate their work in this category.

Shared Footprints Award
Presented by Alberta Real Estate Foundation

The Shared Footprints Award celebrates excellence in Integrated Land Management. Nominees must meet the standards of the Emerald Awards plus support the principles of ILM.