EDMONTON, ALBERTA – On June 1st at 4:00 pm at the Calgary Central Library, Alberta’s environmental leaders, stewards, and supporters alike will gather in-person for the first time in two-years for the 31st Annual Emerald Awards.

“We’re so excited that we’re able to gather as a community for the first time since 2019 to celebrate Alberta’s environmental leaders,” says Marisa Orfei, Executive Director of the Alberta Emerald Foundation. “The organizations, projects, and individuals on this year’s shortlist show the incredible environmental work happening in our province. We can’t wait to share their stories with Albertans and show that there is hope in a time when we’re receiving an overwhelming amount of negative news about the environment.”

The Emerald Awards showcase those who are raising the bar in addressing local, regional, and global environmental & climate issues. In doing so, a standard of excellence is set that inspires others in their own practices. Since 1992, the AEF has recognized nearly 400 recipients and 900 finalists through the Emerald Awards program. This year, the AEF received nominations from all corners of the province, each sharing a unique approach to environmental stewardship. A third-party panel of judges with expertise from various sectors across Alberta was tasked to review and score all nominations and select the shortlist and recipients.

Each Emerald Award recipient receives a $2,000 grant to support the continuation of their environmental work, or to donate to an environmental charity of their choice, a profile of their work through our Sharing Stories Communications Strategy, and much more! 

The 31st Annual Emerald Awards will begin with a knowledge sharing ceremony by Ira Provost, Traditional Knowledge Keeper for the Piikani Nation and Blackfoot Confederacy. After the ceremony, the talented Gordie Lucuis will guide us through the program! The awards will also feature a performance by Walter MacDonald White Bear, a Cree singer-songwriter, educator, and motivational speaker originally from the First Nation of Moose Factory, Ontario.

Tickets are available through CanadaHelps until May 27th. If you miss the ticket deadline, you can watch the Emerald Awards live on our Facebook page and YouTube channel for free!

WHAT 31st Annual Emerald Awards
WHEN June 1st, 2022 at 4:00 pm
WHERE Calgary Central Library, 800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2E7 in the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall
WHO The Alberta Emerald Foundation and leaders in environmental & climate issues from communities across Alberta, including Nanton, Camrose, Medicine Hat, Canmore, Sherwood Park, Cochrane, Westlock, Edmonton, and Calgary. Learn more about the environmental leaders and projects shortlisted for a 31st Annual Emerald Award.
WHY To come together as a community to celebrate and support those Albertans who are leading the path towards a more sustainable future for all.

Ira Provost,

Traditional Knowledge Keeper for the Piikani Nation and Blackfoot Confederacy




Gordie Lucius, Emerald Awards Host





Walter MacDonald White Bear,

Emerald Award Musical Performer





The Alberta Emerald Foundation is Alberta’s environmental good-news storyteller. By showcasing our province’s leaders who raise the bar in addressing local, regional, and global environmental & climate issues, a standard of excellence is set that inspires and empowers others in their own practices. Through our actions of showcasing, inspiring, and empowering environmental leadership and awareness, we support our community to meet the challenges ahead, and contribute to a more sustainable future for all.