Our Programs

The Alberta Emerald Foundation strives to inspire Albertans to positive environmental action.

In addition to the Emerald Awards, our programming includes Emerald Days, the
Youth Environmental Engagement Grants, and our Sharing Stories communications initiative.



Emerald Day community events visit cities and towns across Alberta to share environmental success stories and to discuss the opportunities and challenges in each region. Thanks to funding partners from the hosting community, Emerald Day events are free-of-charge for all participants and guests.



  • Presentations from Emerald Award recipients and finalists from the hosting community, as well as nationally-known “eco-celebrities.”
  • Success story displays hosted by local organizations, businesses, governments and schools.
  • Networking and connecting opportunities
  • Family movie night
  • and more!


We are pleased to announce we have successfully reached our funding target of 100 youth-led and youth-targeted environmental projects this year.

We thank our supporters, sponsors and participants for making this year a huge success!

The Alberta Emerald Foundation believes in inspiring the next generation of eco-heroes by supporting Alberta’s young people (aged 25 and under) in their environmental efforts. With funds from founding program sponsor, ConocoPhillips Canada, and other sponsors and individual donors, the Alberta Emerald Foundation provides micro-grants of up to $400 to youth-led and youth-targeted environmental projects and initiatives. The Alberta Emerald Foundation intends to allocate over 100 Youth Environmental Engagement Grants each year.

Check out our YEEG Recipients!


Special thanks to this year’s program sponsor:





Due to overwhelming response, all youth environmental engagement grants for the 2015–16 year have been distributed. The program will reopen july 1, 2016.

To assist with the costs associated with environmental engagement activities, schools, classrooms, and community groups are invited to apply for a micro-grant of up to $400. Funds are to be applied towards:

  • Presentations by guest speakers.
  • Field trips to natural areas, interpretation centres, zoos, botanical gardens, museums, universities, etc.
  • Obtaining supplies for environmentally-related projects and activities, such as establishing a natural area.
  • Other similar events and projects.

The Alberta Emerald Foundation hopes to encourage Alberta’s young people to gain knowledge and understanding about our natural and built environments through such topics as:

  • Conservation of energy and natural resources
  • Waste minimization and recycling, reducing environmental impacts
  • Other similar topics

Please Note:

Only group projects will be considered.  The project or initiative must be led or targeted at individuals who are aged 25 years and under.

Grant applications will be reviewed bi-monthly.  Funds will be allocated to those projects that best support the goals of the program.

Successful applicants will receive a first cheque of (up to) $300. A second cheque of $100 will be issued once the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives a status report about the project. Status reports must be received within three months of the project start date.

A maximum of two grants will be issued to each school/organization per year.  


The Alberta Emerald Foundation recognizes, celebrates and inspires environmental excellence in our province. Through programs like the Emerald Awards and Youth Environmental Engagement Grants, we are identifying our province’s environmental leaders.

From PSAs and editorial stories about our Emerald Award finalists, to social media engagement on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the Alberta Emerald Foundation shares environmental good news stories with Albertans.

Catch up on our 24th Annual Emerald Awards media features!

For more information about our communications efforts, please contact:

Gregory Caswell
Communications and Outreach Manager
Ph: 587.930.3995
Email: gregory@emaraldfoundation.ca

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