Albertan EcoHeroes take one step closer to receiving prestigious environmental award.

MARCH 29, 2018 CALGARY, AB – Today at Calgary’s Theatre Junction Grand, hopeful nominees joined the Alberta Emerald Foundation (AEF), its sponsors, volunteers and other members from the local community for the announcement of the 27th Annual Emerald Awards Finalists.

Over the past weeks, a panel of knowledgeable third-party judges with cross-sectoral experience rose to the challenge of narrowing down the brilliant examples of innovation and environmental achievement nominated this year for the uniquely-Albertan award. A maximum of three nominees in each of the 11 Emerald Award categories have been selected as a finalist. Only one per category will take home the award on June 5 at the 27th Annual Emerald Award celebration.

“The Alberta Emerald Foundation is at the forefront of celebrating great achievements in sustainable development, bringing awareness to the many unique environmental projects occurring throughout Alberta,” says Aaron Dublenko, Innovate, 27th Annual Emerald Award Education: School or Classroom finalist. “Whether it’s schools, industry, government, non-governmental agencies, large or small companies, anyone can be acknowledged for their ingenuity in sustainable practices. Such recognition reminds us that despite the many pressures our air, water and soil face, people are working tirelessly to use less, reduce their footprints and educate others on how to do the same.”

“As a third year panel judge, I continue to be impressed with the environmental excellence and improvement showcased by all nominations,” says Christine Lambert, Emerald Award judge. “I look forward to celebrating and recognizing the innovation and dedication of this year’s finalists.”

“We are the only Foundation in the country to recognize the important work of environmental leaders across all sectors,” says Andy Etmanski, Chair of the Board, AEF. “By honouring and elevating the ingenuity, dedication and hard work of these individuals and organizations, we inspire others to follow their example, benefiting all Albertans with a healthier and cleaner environment.”

The Emerald Awards recognize and celebrate environmental excellence achieved by individuals, not-for-profit associations, large and small corporations, community groups and governments from across Alberta. Since 1992, the Emerald Awards has recognized over 800 finalists and 300 recipients who have demonstrated creative thinking and innovation in environmental management systems, technologies and education programs. The 27th Annual Emerald Awards will be presented on June 5, 2018 at Theatre Junction Grand in Calgary.