EDMONTON, AB – “And the finalists for the 24th Annual Emerald Awards are…” Today, at Edmonton’s City Hall, nominees joined the Alberta Emerald Foundation, its sponsors, volunteers and other members from the local community, to find out who would be taking another step towards receiving the coveted environmental award.

Over the past weeks, a panel of knowledgeable third-party judges with cross-sectoral experience rose to the challenge of narrowing down the brilliant examples of creativity and environmental dedication that were nominated this year for the uniquely-Albertan award. A maximum of three nominees in each of the eight Emerald Award categories has been selected as a finalist. Only one per category will take home the award.

“Every year the Emerald’s tell the stories of our most beloved and cherished Albertans, our environmental stewards,” says Raquel (Rocky) Feroe, three-year Emerald Award judge.  “The Emerald Awards are a great way for anyone with a love for our province to learn from our best.”

“We are the only Foundation in the country to recognize the important work of environmental leaders across all sectors,” says Alan Ross, Chair of the Board, Alberta Emerald Foundation. “By honouring and elevating the ingenuity, dedication and hard work of these individuals and organizations, we inspire others to follow their example, benefiting all Albertans with a healthier and cleaner environment.”

The Emerald Awards recognize and reward outstanding environmental initiatives undertaken by individuals, not-for-profit associations, large and small corporations, community groups and governments from across Alberta. Since 1992, the Emerald Awards has recognized over 450 finalists and 250 recipients demonstrating creative thinking and innovation in environmental management systems, technologies and education programs. The 24th Annual Emerald Awards will be presented on June 4, 2015 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.

View the complete 24th Annual Emerald Awards Finalists Announcement Media Package.