31st Annual Emerald Awards

Since 1992, the Emerald Awards have showcased over 350 recipients and 850 finalists who are raising the bar in addressing local, regional, and global environmental & climate issues. These environmental awards celebrate excellence across all sectors, making them unique not only in Alberta but also in Canada.

The 31st Annual Emerald Awards took place on June 1, 2022, at the Calgary Central Library. If you missed it, you can watch it for free on our YouTube channel and read the digital program!


Legacy categories

Celebrating an organization or individual’s legacy of environmental excellence in addressing and mitigating the effects of local, regional, and global climate and environmental issues.

The 2022 Legacy Categories are:

  • Business presented by Edmonton Community Foundation
    • Showcasing an organization engaged in commercial, industrial, or professional activities that have demonstrated a meaningful commitment to an environmentally sustainable future.
  • Community Group or Nonprofit presented by Syncrude Canada Ltd.
    • Recognizing associations dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view that has demonstrated a significant commitment to the environment through their actions.
  • Education presented by Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation. & Beverage Container Management Board
    • Acknowledging those that have raised the bar by showing leadership and creativity in educating students of all ages about environmental matters.
  • Youth presented by Capital Power
    • Recognizing people, 25 years of age and under, who have made meaningful contributions and have taken positive action to improve the environmental health of their community.
  • Lifetime Achievement presented by Dow
    • Celebrating environmental leaders who, throughout their lifetime, have made contributions of outstanding environmental significance.
  • Government
    • Recognizing all levels of government whose ongoing commitment sets the example of environmental leadership and advocates sustainability as a major consideration in governance.

project/initiative categories

Showcasing the Albertan environmental projects and initiatives that have addressed and mitigated the effects of local, regional, and global environmental issues by achieving excellence aligned to certain environmental priorities.

The 2022 Project/Initiative Categories are:

  • Water presented by The Government of Alberta
    • Recognizing projects and initiatives that demonstrate excellence through the monitoring, management and/or stewardship of water and watersheds.
  • Air
    • Recognizing projects and initiatives that improve air quality.
  • Land presented by Alberta Real Estate Foundation
    • Recognizing projects and initiatives that demonstrate excellence in sustainable land use.
  • Waste Management presented by Alberta Recycling Management Authority
    • Recognizing projects and initiatives that innovate the repurposing, reduction, and disposal of waste in an environmentally conscious way.
  • Public Engagement & Outreach presented by City of Calgary
    • Recognizing programs and initiatives that educate and empower the broader public by teaching the necessary skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible action.
  • Wildlife & Biodiversity presented by Alberta Forest Products Association
    • Recognizing projects and initiatives that protect and conserve natural habitats and wild species.