About the Emerald Awards

Alberta is home to leaders and innovators, each demonstrating a unique approach to environmental stewardship.

Since 1992, the Emerald Awards have showcased those who raise 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.

All are welcome to submit a nomination, permitting their work is either Alberta-based and/or benefits Albertans.

The 30th Annual Emerald Awards will take place online on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, coinciding with Canadian Environment Week.

About the Emeralds

  • Each year from November until February, the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives Emerald Award nominations in 15 established categories.
  • A panel of knowledgeable judges with cross-sectoral experience carry out an independent evaluation based on established criteria to select the shortlist and recipients.
  • The Emeralds’ celebration of excellence across all sectors make them unique not only in Alberta, but also in Canada.
  • 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.

Emerald award recipients receive:

  • Complimentary tickets to the Emerald Awards, and all Alberta Emerald Foundation events during their award year.
  • A certificate and Emerald Awards recipient logo to commemorate their achievement.
  • Profile of their work through the Sharing Stories Communications Strategy, which includes the Emerald Documentary Series, What On EARTH Can We Do? podcast, and Emerald Speakers Series.
  • A feature on our website.
  • A $2,000 grant to support the continuation of their environmental work, or to donate to an environmental charity of their choice.

our shortlist receives:

  • Complimentary tickets to the Emerald Awards, and all Alberta Emerald Foundation events during their award year.
  • A certificate and Emerald Awards finalist logo to commemorate their achievement.
  • A feature on our website.

become an emerald awards category sponsor

With categories that align with your passions and priorities, being an Emerald Awards category sponsor is a great way to share your commitment to the environment while supporting and connecting with our province’s leaders and game-changers.

Interested in joining forces with us? Contact Gregory Caswell, Executive Director, for more information.

30th Annual Emerald Award CategorieS

Legacy

Celebrating an organization or individual’s legacy of environmental excellence in addressing and mitigating the effects of local, regional, and global environmental issues.

Business
presented by the Edmonton Community Foundation

Showcasing an organization engaged in commercial, industrial or professional activities that has demonstrated a meaningful commitment to an environmentally sustainable future.

Community Group or Nonprofit
presented by Syncrude Canada Ltd.

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.

Education
presented by abcrc

Acknowledging those that have raised the bar by showing leadership and creativity in educating students of all ages about environmental matters.

Government

Recognizing all levels of government whose ongoing commitment sets the example of environmental leadership and advocates sustainability as a major consideration in governance.

Youth
presented by city of edmonton

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.

Lifetime Achievement

Celebrating environmental leaders who, throughout their lifetime, have made contributions of outstanding environmental significance.

Project/Initiative

Showcasing the Albertan environmental projects and initiatives that have addressed and mitigated the effects of local, regional, and global environmental issues by achieving excellence aligned to certain environmental priorities.

Water

Recognizing projects and initiatives that demonstrate excellence through the monitoring, management and/or stewardship of water and watersheds.

Air
presented by city of calgary

Recognizing projects and initiatives that improve air quality.

Land
presented by alberta real estate foundation

Recognizing projects and initiatives that demonstrate excellence in sustainable land use.

Energy
presented by yellowbike solutions inc. & bio-energy solutions inc.

Recognizing projects and initiatives that positively support the evolution of our province’s energy systems.

Waste Management
presented by alberta recycling management authority & Beverage container management board

Recognizing projects and initiatives that innovate the repurposing, reduction, and disposal of waste in an environmentally-conscious way.

Infrastructure

Recognizing environmental advancements in the ways we design, construct, and travel.

Wildlife

Recognizing projects and initiatives that protect and conserve natural habitats and wild species.

Public Engagement & Outreach

Recognizing programs and initiatives that educate and empower the broader public by teaching the necessary skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible action.

Shared Footprints Award
presented by government of alberta

Recognizing those who have exemplified land and water stewardship, built shared knowledge, improved air quality, reduced land disturbances, and encouraged ecotourism.