30th Annual Emerald Awards

The Emerald Awards have showcased and inspired Alberta’s environmental achievements since 1991.

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.

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.

Submit a Nomination

Proceed with the following form if you submitting a first-party nomination. If you would like to nominate someone else, please Tell Us About Your Environmental Hero and we will contact them to complete their nomination. This excludes the Lifetime Achievement category, for which we’ll accept first and third-party nominations.

Deadline: February 12, 2021

Want to create a draft of your nomination before hitting submit?
Download a Word Doc version of the form here.

Alberta Emerald Foundation 30 Years

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

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 certain 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, 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

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

WEBINAR WEDNESDAY:
make your emerald award
nomination stand out

Join past and present Emerald Awards judges and recipients as they present their helpful hints to creating an eye-catching submission.

Miss the webinar? No problem! Check out our panelists’ presentations below.

 

Alberta Emerald Foundation Executive Director Gregory Caswell walks you through the Emerald Award nomination process.

Alberta Emerald Foundation Executive Director Gregory Caswell walks you through the 30th Annual Emerald Awards nomination form.

Join multi Emerald Award-winning Trina Innes, Executive Director of the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, as she walks you through how she crafts an attention-catching nomination.

 

Ryan Smith, one of our most experienced Emerald Award judges, gives insight from a judge’s perspective and what he looks for in a winner.