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. 

AEN Fall Assembly Featured Speaker: Dr. Duane Bratt

AEN is pleased to welcome Dr. Duane Bratt to the Fall Assembly as the featured speaker for Friday afternoon's discussion of the Political Climate in Alberta and potential scenarios for ENGOs. Dr. Bratt is a regular commentator in the media on Alberta political affairs. His latest opinion piece on CBC Calgary speaks about UCP leader Jason Kenney's promises to "fight back" against ENGOs and other criticis of Alberta's energy sector. Read more about AEN Fall Assembly Featured Speaker: Dr. Duane Bratt

Next Up Calgary Fall Workshop Series: Leading Together

Next Up now accepting applications for its upcoming 3-day workshop

From Next Up Calgary:

Next Up Calgary is launching a new series of workshops on November 6, 7 & 10. They are replacing our 7 month long weekly leadership program. The new workshop series will cover the same core concepts, content and skills as our original program. We'll have deeper connections to communities, active facilitation and use this to support intentional solidarity with Calgary's progressive communities and leaders. Over the next 8 months we'll be holding 6 workshops, each will be a stand alone 3 day series, and all will have a specified theme. All the workshops are open to those between 18 and 32.  Read more about Next Up Calgary Fall Workshop Series: Leading Together

Alberta Caribou Habitat Solutions Urgent on Eve of Federal Deadline

On the eve of a deadline for a federal update on woodland caribou habitat protection, and a major caribou scientific conference, Alberta is still without plans to reach minimum habitat requirements for its threatened woodland caribou populations. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) strongly urges the Alberta government to adopt the solutions that have been identified to both recover caribou and provide community economic benefits. Read more about Alberta Caribou Habitat Solutions Urgent on Eve of Federal Deadline

New methane reductions funding from Energy Efficiency Alberta is a good start

Pembina Institute reacts to new Government of Alberta methane reductions program

CALGARY — Jan Gorski, responsible fossil fuels analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the announcement of a new methane emissions reduction program in Alberta: Read more about New methane reductions funding from Energy Efficiency Alberta is a good start

Report: The Economic Impact of Restoring Woodland Caribou Habitat in the Bistcho and Yates Ranges in Northwestern Alberta

From the Alberta Wilderness Association website:

The following report by eminent natural resource economist Dr. Thomas Michael Power found that managing lands for woodland caribou recovery can grow the economy in the Bistcho-Yates caribou range lands of northwest Alberta. The October 2018 report was commissioned by Alberta Wilderness Association, David Suzuki Foundation and Harmony Foundation to evaluate a caribou restoration economy.

Download the full report here: Read more about Report: The Economic Impact of Restoring Woodland Caribou Habitat in the Bistcho and Yates Ranges in Northwestern Alberta

The national price on pollution will bring health and economic benefits to Canadians

Pembina Institute reacts to the announcement of the federal carbon price plan

OTTAWA — Isabelle Turcotte, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the announcement of the federal carbon price plan: Read more about The national price on pollution will bring health and economic benefits to Canadians

Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

Managing lands for woodland caribou recovery can grow the economy in the Bistcho-Yates caribou range lands of northwest Alberta, eminent natural resource economist Dr. Thomas Michael Power found in an October 2018 report evaluating a caribou restoration economy. The report was commissioned by Alberta Wilderness Association, David Suzuki Foundation and Harmony Foundation. Read more about Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

Volunteer Opportunity: Youth Council, Alberta Environmental Network

Position: 
Youth Council Member
Application Deadline: 
23 Oct 2018

The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) is creating a new Youth Council—an opportunity to influence the network of 40+ Alberta environmental groups. 

Please complete the application below by Tuesday, October 23.

AEN is a non-profit, non-partisan umbrella organization dedicated to helping preserve and protect Alberta's environment. AEN has been flying under the radar for some time but we are re-emerging with urgency, particularly around the issues of climate change and protected areas. 

AEN is seeking young people (30 and under) from around Alberta to join AEN's new Youth Council. We know that young people are very aware, knowledgeable and active in environmental initiatives. In many cases, the established environmental "movement" in Alberta has done a poor job of reaching out to young people, welcoming and supporting their activities, and inviting them to contribute to our activities. This is a tremendous shortcoming that AEN would like to address. Read more about Volunteer Opportunity: Youth Council, Alberta Environmental Network

Community Environment Action Grant

Deadline: 
18 Nov 2018

Non-profit organizations can get funding to help Albertans build awareness and take action on climate change.

Overview

The Community Environment Action Grant (CEAG) helps Albertans to work together as stewards to take action on climate change. Albertans are already committed to environmental stewardship through initiatives that showcase our water and land literacy. This grant program provides an opportunity to broaden climate literacy, meaning that we think, plan, and act with climate change in mind to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

While the focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the main environmental outcome for all funded projects, projects must demonstrate social benefits such as creating or supporting community- and partnership-building opportunities.

Projects must also:

  • build awareness and understanding about core climate change concepts, based on credible science
  • enhance skills and applied knowledge about practices, tools, products or services that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, facilitating attitude change
  • achieve individual and community behaviour changes by taking personal or collective action toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions

More info & application instructions Read more about Community Environment Action Grant

Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

CALGARY – Environmental groups say the Government of Canada is failing to meet its legal responsibilities by exempting tailings pond chemicals from a recent screening assessment.

In a comment letter sent to Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada on behalf of Environmental Defence and Keepers of the Athabasca on Oct. 17, Ecojustice lawyers called on the government to reconsider naphthenic acids from oil sands process-affected water in assessing whether these chemicals should be regulated under law. Read more about Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

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