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Albertan EcoHeroes Take One Step Closer To Receiving Prestigious Environmental Award

unnamedCalgary, AB – Thursday, at Calgary’s Eau Claire Market, hopeful nominees joined the Alberta Emerald Foundation (AEF), its sponsors, volunteers and other members from the local community, for the announcement of the 25th Annual Emerald Awards Finalists.
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 innovation and environmental achievement nominated this year for the uniquely-Albertan award. A maximum of three nominees in each of the ten Emerald Award categories have been selected as a finalist. Only one per category will take home the award.
“The Alberta Emerald Foundation is at the forefront of celebrating great achievements in sustainable development, bringing awareness to the many unique environmental projects occurring throughout Alberta,” says Aaron Dublenko, past Emerald Award recipient and member of the current judging panel. “Whether it’s schools, industry, government, non-governmental agencies, large or small companies, anyone can be acknowledged for their ingenuity in sustainable practices. Such recognition reminds us that despite the many pressures our air, water and soil face, people are working tirelessly to use less, reduce their footprints and educate others on how to do the same.”
“We are the only Foundation in the country to recognize the important work of environmental leaders across all sectors,” says Andy Etmanski, Chair of the Board, AEF. “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 celebrate environmental excellence achieved 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 475 finalists and 280 recipients who have demonstrated creative thinking and innovation in environmental management systems, technologies and education programs. The 25th Annual Emerald Awards will be presented on June 8, 2016 at Telus Spark in Calgary.
ANNOUNCING THE 25TH ANNUAL EMERALD AWARDS FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order)
Large Business (>100 employees) presented by Enbridge
ConocoPhillips Canada
Project: Implementing and Sharing Energy Efficiency Innovation
Calgary
Mattamy Homes
Project: Mattamy ecoEII NZEH Community – Cityscape
Calgary
NOVA Chemicals
Project: NOVA Chemicals Community Nature Trail
Red Deer
Education presented by ABCRC
School or Classroom
Aspen Heights MicroSociety
Project: Creating the Ultimate Environmental Experience
Red Deer
Clandonald School
Project: Warriors of the Rainbow
Clandonald
Johnny Dulku and Kitty Cochrane
Project: Fort McMurray Public School District’s Green Champions
Fort McMurray
Post-Secondary
NAIT
Project: Alternative Energy Technology Program
Edmonton
University of Alberta – Augustana Campus
Project: University-based Community Service Learning for the Environment
Camrose
Community Group or Not-For-Profit Association presented by Syncrude
Grassroots (<100 employees)
Electronic Recycling Association
Calgary
Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park
Project: The Learning Natural Program Calgary
Sustainable Food Edmonton
Edmonton
Large Organization (>100 employees)
Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
Project: Social Enterprise
Calgary
Green Calgary
Calgary
Momentum
Project: Momentum’s Sustainability Audit Group
Calgary
Small Business (<100 employees) presented by ConocoPhillips Canada
Bullfrog Power Inc.
Calgary
DIG | Do It Green
Calgary
Echo-Logic Land Corporation
Project: Echohaven
Calgary
Public Education & Outreach
City of Edmonton
Project: The TUNNEL Project (Toward an Urban Network of Native Edible Landscaping)
Edmonton
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Project: The Classroom Energy Diet
Ottawa
Strathcona County Utilities
Project: Green Routine
Sherwood Park
Government Institution presented by ATCO Gas & ATCO Electric
City of Edmonton: Utility Services Branch
Project: Reuse Centre
Edmonton
University of Calgary
Program: High Performance Green Building Program
Calgary
Youth presented by Shell Canada
Hayley Todesco
Calgary
Kelsey Armstrong
Project: Storm Drain Survival Kits
Lethbridge
Shared Footprints Award presented by Alberta Real Estate Foundation
ALUS in Alberta
Calgary
Beaver Hills Initiative
Sherwood Park
Individual Commitment
Jerry Brunen
Western Sky Land Trust Society
Calgary
Melvin Mathison
Lakeland College
Vermilion
Roy Louis
Battle River First Nation Water Ceremony
Maskwacis
Emerald Challenge: Innovation sponsored in part by GE Energy
Environmental Law Centre (Alberta) Society
Project: Bringing Environment into the Classroom: Environmental Law 101 in Alberta High Schools
Edmonton
Quest Carbon Capture & Storage
Shell Canada
Fort Saskatchewan
Town of Banff
Banff

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