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Know an Albertan EcoHero? Nominate Them for an Emerald Award

 

Alberta Emerald Foundation receives nominations for provincial “Environmental Oscars”

EDMONTON, AB – “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking,” said Albert Einstein. “It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

For the past 25 years, the Alberta Emerald Foundation has embodied a similar concept as Einstein’s as their mission. “In most cases, the news we hear about the environment tends to focus on the negative, which unfortunately creates the perception that nothing is being done or the situation is hopeless,” says Andy Etmanski, Alberta Emerald Foundation Chair. “By recognizing and celebrating our province’s environmental good-news stories, we hope to uplift others and inspire them to take positive action.”

To elevate the examples of environmental excellence in their province, the Alberta Emerald Foundation created the Emerald Awards. Now celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Emerald Awards are unique in Canada in that they celebrate excellence across all sectors in the province. “As we reflect on the contributions created by our recipients and finalists from the past quarter century in preparation for this year’s Emeralds, it’s inspiring to know these remarkable projects started here in Alberta,” says Etmanski. “We take great pride in the achievements of all our recipients and finalists, each with their unique approach to environmental stewardship. There are many ground-breaking concepts, projects and initiatives that started right here in Alberta and have led to exceptional advancements in environmental practices, some of which have created a ripple effect around the globe.”

From now until February 19, 2016, the Alberta Emerald Foundation is accepting nominations for the 25th Annual Emerald Awards. This year’s categories include Business, Education, Public Education & Outreach, Community Group or Not-For-Profit Association, Government Institution, Individual Commitment, and Youth. Returning this year is the Shared Footprints Award, which recognizes and celebrates excellence in land and water management practices that have resulted in a reduced environmental footprint. New this year is the Emerald Challenge: Innovation Award, which recognizes ground-breaking concepts that are currently in development that will be a catalyst for growth and success.

“You can nominate yourself, or someone you know for an Emerald Award,” says Etmanski. “No matter where the nomination comes from, we’re excited to receive it, and to learn more about the amazing work Albertans are doing.” All nominations will be reviewed by a third-party panel of knowledgeable judges with cross-sectoral experience. The judges are then given the challenging task of selecting three finalists per category, one of which will receive the Emerald Award. The 25th Annual Emerald Awards will be presented in Calgary on June 8, 2016.

To submit an Emerald Awards nomination, more information on Alberta Emerald Foundation programs, or to make a donation, please visit emeraldfoundation.ca.

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