The Emerald Awards

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 award of their kind in our country, showcasing environmental excellence across all sectors.


Each year from November until February, the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives Emerald Award nominations in 12 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. The 28th Annual Emerald Awards will be presented on June 5, 2019 in Edmonton.

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.


Do you know an individual, group or business that has raised the bar in environmental excellence? Someone who has gone “above and beyond” in the protection of the environment? Celebrate their achievement with a 28th Annual Emerald Award nomination.

Nominations for the 28th Annual Emerald Awards open November 1, 2018, and run until February 8, 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.

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
Not-For-Profit Association

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.
Government Institution

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, during 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.

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 Alberta Real Estate Foundation