ALBERTA EMERALD FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE 27TH ANNUAL EMERALD AWARDS

Albertan EcoHeroes receive prestigious environmental award.

 JUNE 5, 2018 CALGARY, AB – Today at Calgary’s Theatre Junction Grand, hopeful finalists 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.

Emerald Award jpeg

The 27th Annual Emerald Award, designed by OneTwoSix, is made from repurposed materials.

 

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 with one as the recipient.

Lonny Balbi, Bike to Work Day

Lonny Balbi, founder of Bike to Work Day Calgary, is named recipient of the individual Commitment category.

 

“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 recipient. “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.”

EcoYOLO receives the Youth Category award for their project "Mission Replant Fort McMurray."

EcoYOLO receives the Youth Category award for their project “Mission Replant Fort McMurray.”

 

“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 Waterton Biosphere Reserve receives the Community Group or Not-for-Profit Association: Grassroots award for their "Carnivores in Communities" program.

The Waterton Biosphere Reserve receives the Community Group or Not-for-Profit Association: Grassroots award for their “Carnivores in Communities” program.

 

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 from over 120 Albertan communities who have demonstrated creative thinking and innovation in environmental management systems, technologies and education programs.

 

HERE ARE THIS YEAR’S FINALISTS AND RECIPIENTS.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Gregory Caswell
Communications & Outreach Manager | Alberta Emerald Foundation
gregory@emeraldfoundation.ca | 780.905.0390

 

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