Alberta Tomorrow’s free, data-rich, online, interactive planning tool is designed for students, teachers and all Albertans interested in the future of our province. Originally created in 2005 by Matthew Carlson and Dr. Brad Stelfox of ALCES Landscape & Land-Use Ltd the simulation tool introduces students to real life decisions and tradeoffs, while building environmentally mindful citizens of the future. The program has grown quickly in scope and reach under the leadership of Jennifer Janzen, the Executive Director of Alberta Tomorrow.
They influence change in students by providing free, relevant, comprehensive online land-use simulation software and lesson plans, designed around the Alberta Program of Studies, that allow students to learn about the impacts of our land use actions by:
- Exploring our impacts on the economy and environment,
- Discovering how we can learn from Alberta’s past, by viewing past stimulations,
- Investigating land use dynamics and how they shape the water quality in our watersheds,
- Viewing possible future land use scenarios for our watersheds,
- Creating a sustainable land-use plan for our future, taking into consideration beneficial management practices and climate change,
- Providing both virtual and in person school programs, webinars, and other tools to help all Albertans understand the consequences of our actions,
- Developing ALL NEW 360 Virtual Tours of Alberta’s 6 Ecoregions,
- Providing animated videos explaining environmental and economic factors, climate change, beneficial management practices and ecosystem goods and services,
- Providing Climate Change scenarios exploring low, medium and high scenarios and lesson plans dealing with Alberta’s glaciers and how they are being affected.