Emerald Awards

Since 1992, the Emerald Awards have showcased over 350 recipients and 850 finalists who are raising the bar in addressing environmental and climate change issues. These environmental awards celebrate excellence across all sectors, making them unique not only in Alberta but also in Canada.

Emerald award recipients receive:

NOMINATION PROCESS

Nominations for the 32nd Annual Emerald Awards will open on November 1, 2022 and will close mid-February 2023.

Requirements:

  • Nominations must be first-party, with the exception of our Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The nominated project, organization, or individual must be based in Alberta and/or benefit Albertans
  • Nominations must include a third-party reference letter

All nominations are reviewed by a third-party panel of judges who choose a maximum of three nominations per category to be shortlisted, one of which will be named as the recipient.

Questions about the nominations process? Contact our Communications & Engagement Specialist, Sabrina!

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

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

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

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

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 current environmental priorities.

Water

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

Air

Recognizing projects and initiatives that improve air quality.

Land

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

Energy

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

Waste Management

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, build, and travel.

Wildlife & Biodiversity

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

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