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. 

Without federal action, Canada will miss easiest, cheapest opportunity to reduce climate emissions

New analysis shows oil and gas methane regulations will create a gap of up to seven million tonnes

(OTTAWA) Unless the federal government revises its methane regulations to take into account new analysis, Canada will miss by a wide mark an international commitment made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reduce oil and gas methane emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2012 levels by 2025. Read more about Without federal action, Canada will miss easiest, cheapest opportunity to reduce climate emissions

Issue Brief: Vista coal mine expansion

Updated: September 3, 2020

The Coalspur Vista mine is one of the largest thermal coal mines in Canada, and the proposed expansion could almost triple its capacity. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson declined in December 2019 to order a federal impact assessment, but he reversed this decision on July 30 so the project will undergo a federal impact assessment. Coalspur Mines has launched a legal challenge to the Minister's decision.

Latest updates

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A better future for all is within reach – Canada needs a Green Recovery!

From the CPAWS website:

Tell the federal government that you demand they invest in a Green Recovery. This includes new and better-managed protected areas on land and in the ocean, Indigenous protected areas and stewardship programs, and a shift towards natural infrastructure and nature-based climate solutions.

Take Action Read more about A better future for all is within reach – Canada needs a Green Recovery!

Losing protection where we need it most

The Government of Alberta’s plan to remove 164 sites from the provincial parks system will take a significant cut out of Alberta’s most endangered and least protected Natural Regions: the Parkland, Grasslands and Foothills. Between these three regions, 85 sites will lose their protected status, resulting in the loss of nearly 9,000 hectares of protection – equivalent to around eight times the size of Ghost Lake or one-half the size of Elk Island National Park. Read more about Losing protection where we need it most

Coal? Are you serious?

From the CPAWS Southern Alberta website:

On June 1st, a provincial Coal Policy that has been in place since 1976 was rescinded by the Government of Alberta. The cancellation of the policy removed land zoning that restricted open pit coal mining and coal exploration in some of Alberta’s most environmentally sensitive areas.  Read more about Coal? Are you serious?

Call for public input on the draft Whitebark and Limber Pines Recovery Plan

Initiative: 
Draft Whitebark and Limber Pines Recovery Plan
Deadline: 
10 Sep 2020

From the Government of Alberta Public Engagement website:

We’re seeking public input on our draft recovery plan for whitebark pine and limber pine. Whitebark and limber pines have evolved to thrive in some of Alberta's harshest landscapes but recent infections of white pine blister and infestations of mountain pine beetle have resulted in a decline in the pines' numbers across their provincial range. Read more about Call for public input on the draft Whitebark and Limber Pines Recovery Plan

Call for public input on the draft Porsild's Byrum Recovery Plan

Initiative: 
Draft Porsild’s Bryum Recovery Plan
Deadline: 
10 Sep 2020

From the Government of Alberta Public Engagement website:

We’re seeking public input on the draft Porsild’s bryum recovery plan.

We have incorporated new survey data and have worked with ecologists and conservation officers to update the previous Porsild’s bryum recovery plan. The updated plan is now available for your feedback. Read more about Call for public input on the draft Porsild's Byrum Recovery Plan

Major Project Grants, Fall 2020

Deadline: 
11 Sep 2020

From the Alberta Ecotrust website:

Alberta Ecotrust is now accepting Letters of Intent for their Fall 2020 Major Projects grant program. The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent is September 11.

If you have any questions or problems accessing the system please contact [email protected], or by calling 403-209-2245 or 1-800-465-2147 outside of Calgary.

APPLICATION PORTAL

Major Grants

This program is designed to support more comprehensive projects that have the potential to result in substantial environmental benefit. The application process is more comprehensive and will be undertaken in two parts. These projects must be completed within a year. Maximum grant is $30,000.

Full details & application portal Read more about Major Project Grants, Fall 2020

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