About the AEN

The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) connects Albertans and environmental groups that are dedicated to preserving and protecting Alberta’s environment. As a non-profit and non-partisan organization, the AEN supports collaboration of the environmental community throughout the province.

Learn more about the Alberta Environmental Network.

Connecting Alberta’s environmental groups

We are a network of individuals and groups working together on shared concerns. AEN members include individuals and representatives from member groups that connect, collaborate and share information.

The AEN is a link between the environmental community and government, industry, the media and all Albertans. View our current member groups.

Join the network

Albertans and environmental groups are welcome to join the AEN as members – there are memberships for both individuals and groups. Members contribute to preserving and protecting Alberta’s environment by sharing information and collaborating on shared issues. Learn more about becoming a member of the AEN.

The AEN supports an inclusive and diverse environmental community for all Albertans. 

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Kinnaird Lake, Lakeland Provincial Park

Lakeland Boreal Forest Weekend

Alberta Wilderness Association
Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park | 21 Sep 2019
Kinnaird Lake, Lakeland Provincial Park

Lakeland Boreal Forest Weekend

Alberta Wilderness Association
Lakeland Provincial Park | 21 Sep 2019

Job Opportunity: Executive Director, CPAWS Southern Alberta

Position: 
Executive Director
Location: 
Calgary

From the CPAWS Southern Alberta website:

CPAWS Southern Alberta is seeking an Executive Director to join our team in Calgary, Alberta. This is the most senior position in the organization, directing all operations, managing the core leadership team, working with national office and other chapters, and accountable to our Board of Directors.

This position will remain active until filled, but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

View the full job posting on the CPAWS website

Panel recommends approval of Teck’s Frontier Oil Sands Mine project, just 30-km south of Wood Buffalo National Park

EDMONTON – A Joint Review Panel recommends approval of Teck’s Frontier Oil Sands Mine project, despite acknowledgments of a long list of adverse environmental impacts, including high risks to wildlife that use the area 

In the same month that the UN warns Canada of swift action required to stop the degradation of Wood Buffalo National Park, a massive 290 sq-km open-pit oil sands mine project has been recommended for approval, which would place it just 30-km south of the Park’s borders. The project would be the largest of its kind in Alberta. The provincial-federal Joint Review Panel found the project to be in the public’s interest, despite the findings that it,

[…] is likely to result in significant adverse environmental effects to wetlands, old-growth forests, wetland- and old-growth-reliant species at risk, the Ronald Lake bison herd, and biodiversity.” And “likely to result in significant adverse effects to the asserted rights, use of lands and resources, and culture of indigenous groups who use the project area. The proposed mitigation measures have not been proven to be effective or to fully mitigate project effects on the environment or on indigenous rights, use of lands and resources, and culture.”

Pending approval of new oilsands mine cause for concern

Pembina Institute and Ecojustice react to Joint Review Panel recommendation to approve new oilsands mine

CALGARY – Environmental law group Ecojustice and the Pembina Institute are concerned about the potential climate impacts of the Teck Resources’ Frontier oilsands open pit mine, following the release of a Joint Review Panel report today that recommends its approval.

Despite finding that the mine would have significant adverse impacts on the environment – including the irreversible loss of 14,000 hectares of wetlands – the Panel concluded that those impacts are justified and that the project is in the public interest. Moreover, despite previous legal precedent, the Panel failed to recognize the adverse climate impacts or explain why the emissions impacts of this project are not significant.

Fortress Ski Hill Should Not Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Fortress Mountain ski hill is proposing to remove 50 million liters per year of water flowing into Kananaskis’ Galatea Creek and truck it to a Calgary water bottling facility. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) strongly opposes this water use and calls on Fortress ski hill to withdraw its proposal.

Capacity markets are not the electricity markets you are looking for

Pembina Institute reacts to the cancellation of the Alberta capacity market

CALGARY— Binnu Jeyakumar, Director of Clean Energy at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Government of Alberta announcement of the cancellation of the capacity market:

Public Engagement: Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction System

Initiative: 
Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) system
Deadline: 
2 Aug 2019

Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking feedback on their proposed Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) system. From the Public Engagement page:

Overview

We’re asking Albertans and industry stakeholders for feedback on the proposed Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) system to make sure it's designed to meet the needs of Alberta's environment and economy.

Take Action: Protect Our Native Trout

Deadline: 
13 Jul 2019

From CPAWS Southern Alberta:

Westslope cutthroat trout are facing a crisis in Alberta, as populations are declining rapidly due to habitat degradation, over-harvesting and the introduction of non-native species. But you have a chance to ensure these beautiful native fish thrive, rather than decline further into extinction, by telling decision makers to implement a strong recovery plan for the threatened species.

On or before July 13, tell the government you care about native trout recovery by providing input on the draft federal Recovery Strategy and Action Plan for Alberta populations of Westslope Cutthroat Trout.

Take action to Protect Native Fish!

UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision on Wood Buffalo National Park is a warning to Canada

Indigenous and environmental groups fear for the future of Wood Buffalo National Park as the UNESCO World Heritage Committee echoes warnings of unresolved threats

On July 3, 2019, representatives from around the world gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 43rd World Heritage Committee meeting and discussed the fate of Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada’s largest national park. The World Heritage Committee called upon Canada to take further actions and warned that if Canada fails to address the threats facing the Park, it could be placed on the List of World Heritage Site in Danger. 

Output-based carbon pricing system incentivizes innovation, provides certainty for industry

Pembina Institute reacts to the publication of final standards for heavy emitters under the federal pollution pricing plan

OTTAWA — Isabelle Turcotte, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the federal government’s announcement about putting a price on pollution for industry:

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