For the past 28 years, the Emerald Awards have recognized and celebrated the outstanding environmental achievements of large and small businesses, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups, youth, and governments.
Uniquely Albertan, the Emerald Awards are the only accolades of their kind in Canada that showcase environmental excellence across all sectors.
Each year from November until February, the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives Emerald Award nominations in 11 established categories.
A panel of knowledgeable judges with cross-sectoral experience carry out an independent evaluation based on established criteria and select the finalists and recipients.
The Emerald Awards are presented every June, coinciding with Canadian Environment Week.
By showcasing 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.
Nominations for the 28th Annual Emerald Awards are now closed. Nominations for the 29th Annual Emerald Awards will open in early November 2019.
28th annual emerald AWARD CATEGORIES
Showcasing an organization engaged in commercial, industrial or professional activities that has demonstrated a meaningful commitment to an environmentally sustainable future.
LARGE BUSINESS: over 100 employees
SMALL BUSINESS: 100 employees or less
This category acknowledges those nominees that have raised the bar by showing leadership and creativity in educating students of all ages about environmental matters.
SCHOOL or CLASSROOM (K – 12)
POST-SECONDARY and SCHOOL BOARDS
Public Education & Outreach
Recognizing organizations that educate and empower the broader public by teaching the necessary skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible action.
Presented by the GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA
Community Group or
Recognizing associations dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view that have demonstrated a significant commitment to the environment through their actions.
GRASSROOTS: Revenue of $750,000 or less
LARGE ORGANIZATION (Revenue of more than $750,000 or more.
PRESENTED BY SYNCRUDE CANADA LTD.
Recognizing all levels of government whose ongoing commitment sets the example of environmental leadership and advocates sustainability as a major consideration in governance.
Recognizing EcoHeroes who, throughout their lifetime, have made contributions of outstanding environmental significance.
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.
Presented by SHELL CANADA
Emerald challenge award: climate change
Recognizing an individual or organization that is working to reduce the effects and growth of climate change through innovative actions.
Shared Footprints Award
The Shared Footprints Award recognizes those who have exemplified land and water stewardship, built shared knowledge, improved air quality, reduced land disturbances, and encouraged ecotourism.
Presented by the ALBERTA REAL ESTATE FOUNDATION