Our Programs

The Alberta Emerald Foundation strives to inspire Albertans to positive environmental action.

In addition to the Emerald Awards, our programming includes Emerald Days, the
Youth Environmental Engagement Grants, and our Sharing Stories communications initiative.



Emerald Day community events visit cities and towns across Alberta to share environmental success stories and to discuss the opportunities and challenges in each region. Thanks to funding partners from the hosting community, Emerald Day events are free-of-charge for all participants and guests.



  • EMERALD SPEAKERS SERIES: Presentations by Emerald Award recipients and finalists.
  • ECOPITCH: An opportunity for youth to present their environmental dream project to a panel of judges for the chance to win $1,000 to help make it a reality.
  • Success story displays hosted by local organizations, businesses, governments and schools.
  • Networking and connecting opportunities
  • Family movie night
  • and more!


The Alberta Emerald Foundation believes in inspiring the next generation of eco-heroes by supporting Alberta’s young people (aged 25 and under) in their environmental efforts. With funds from founding program sponsors, and other sponsors and individual donors, the Alberta Emerald Foundation provides micro-grants of up to $500 to youth-led and youth-targeted environmental projects and initiatives. The Alberta Emerald Foundation intends to allocate over 100 Youth Environmental Engagement Grants each year.



Special thanks to this year’s program sponsors:





To assist with the costs associated with environmental engagement activities, schools, classrooms, and community groups are invited to apply for a micro-grant of up to $500.

Applications can be submitted in the following categories:

Green builders

For the development of new green spaces, or the enhancement and improvement of existing ones. Includes community gardens, outdoor classrooms, and urban naturalization projects.

green scholars

For educational experiences that result in environmental learning, inspiration, and personal/professional development. Includes presentations, experiments, field trips

green Caretakers (presented by abcrc)

For the creation of new recycling or composting programs, or the enhancement and improvement of existing ones.

green energizers (presented by altalink)

For the initiation of renewable energy or energy conservation projects, or the enhancement and improvement of existing ones.

green guardians

For the protection and/or restoration and/or maintenance of natural habitats and areas.


Please Note:

There are two annual granting periods: August – December and January – June. Successful applicants will receive a first cheque of (up to) $300. A second cheque of $200 will be issued once the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives a follow-up report about the project. Status reports must be received within three months of the project start date.

Only group projects will be considered.  The project or initiative must be led or targeted at individuals who are aged 25 years and under.

Grant applications will be reviewed monthly.  Funds will be allocated to those projects that best support the goals of the program.

Grants will only be distributed to future projects, and can not be backdated. 

A maximum of two grants will be issued to each school/organization per year. Applicants may submit their second proposal once their follow-up report from their first project has been received and approved by the Alberta Emerald Foundation. 


From PSAs and editorial stories about our Emerald Award finalists to social media engagement on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and the Emerald Speakers Series, the Alberta Emerald Foundation shares environmental good news stories with Albertans.

new for 2016-17:

Emerald Speakers Series

This series provides a platform for Emerald Awards recipients and finalists to share an inspiring environmental talk about their work and their journey to achieving their successes. The series is presented live throughout the province and is also made available online via our website and social media platforms.

Interested in booking one of our speakers for your event? Contact us at info@emeraldfoundation.ca.

EcoHero Blog Series

The AEF believes that through sharing positive news about the environment, Albertan’s will be inspired to assess their own lifestyles and take steps to improve their relationship with the world around them. We do this through our flagship program, the Emerald Awards, as well as Emerald Day; and now we’re excited to provide environmental leaders with a new platform to share their message, the EcoHero Blog Series.

EcoHero blogs will live permanently on our website and will be shared through our social media platforms and monthly e-newsletter, Elevate. As opportunities arise, we will share the blogs wherever and whenever possible.


For more information about our communications efforts, please contact:

Gregory Caswell
Communications and Outreach Manager
Ph: 780.905.0390
Email: gregory@emeraldfoundation.ca

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