The Alberta Emerald Foundation (AEF) is our province's environmental good-news storytellers. The AEF showcases and inspires environmental achievements, establishing an example of excellence for all to follow. We achieve this mission through the annual Emerald Awards, empowering youth through various granting programs, and our Sharing Stories Communications Strategy, including the Emerald Documentary Series, What On EARTH Can We Do? Podcast, and Emerald Speakers Series.
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Welcome to the 30th Annual Emerald Awards Nomination Form!
Alberta is home to leaders and innovators, each demonstrating a unique approach to environmental stewardship.
The Emerald Awards showcase those who raise the bar in addressing local, regional, and global environmental & climate issues. In doing so, a standard of excellence is set that inspires others in their own practices.
We thank you for taking the time in the nomination process and are here to support you in any way we can. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Things to consider when writing your nomination and what our judges may take into consideration when reading it:
- Proceed with this form if you submitting a first-party nomination. If you would like to nominate someone else, please Tell Us About Your Environmental Hero. We will contact them to complete their nomination. This excludes the Lifetime Achievement category, for which we'll accept first and third-party nominations.
- The Emerald Awards recognize and celebrate environmental excellence. How has your project or initiative had a positive impact on the environment? What sets it apart from other environmental work? How can it inspire our province and beyond? Make sure your story is fully represented in your nomination.
- Ensure that you are providing quantifiable and qualifiable data to support your environmental impact.
- Be concise. Bullet points are acceptable and you are allowed to upload materials to support your nomination. Options include a PDF, PowerPoint presentation, video, webpage, or a sound file. We recommend you do not include things that may overwhelm the judging panel. For example, photos or short videos are great, whereas a 100-page report will not likely be fully read.
- There are 15 unique award categories. See them below.
- All nominations are reviewed by an independent panel of judges. A maximum of three nominations per category will be shortlisted, one of which will be named as the recipient. The judges do reserve the right to move a nomination to a different category if it is in the best interest of the nomination or if it does not meet the category criteria.
- One reference letter from a third party is required.
- Give yourself time to create the ultimate nomination. It may take a few weeks to gather all of your information and documents. Submittable allows you to save your submission in draft mode and come back to it.
- The deadline to submit your nomination is February 12, 2021 at midnight. Extensions to the deadline are not permitted.
30th Annual Emerald Awards Categories
Celebrating an organization or individual's legacy of environmental excellence in addressing and mitigating the effects of local, regional, and global environmental issues:
- Business: Showcasing an organization engaged in commercial, industrial or professional activities that has demonstrated a meaningful commitment to an environmentally sustainable future.
- Community Group or Nonprofit: Recognizing associations dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view that have demonstrated a significant commitment to the environment through their actions.
- Education: Acknowledging those that have raised the bar by showing leadership and creativity in educating students of all ages about environmental matters.
- Government: Recognizing all levels of government whose ongoing commitment sets the example of environmental leadership and advocates sustainability as a major consideration in governance.
- Youth: Recognizing people, 25 years of age and under, who have made meaningful contributions and have taken positive action to improve the environmental health of their community.
- Lifetime Achievement: Celebrating environmental leaders who, throughout their lifetime, have made contributions of outstanding environmental significance.
Showcasing the Albertan environmental projects and initiatives that have addressed and mitigated the effects of local, regional, and global environmental issues by achieving excellence in:
- Water: Recognizing projects and initiatives that demonstrate excellence through the monitoring, management and/or stewardship of water and watersheds.
- Air: Recognizing projects and initiatives that improve air quality.
- Land: Recognizing projects and initiatives that demonstrate excellence in sustainable land use.
- Energy: Recognizing projects and initiatives that positively support the evolution of our province’s energy systems.
- Waste Management: Recognizing projects and initiatives that innovate the repurposing, reduction, and disposal of waste in an environmentally-conscious way.
- Infrastructure: Recognizing environmental advancements in the ways we design, construct, and travel.
- Wildlife: Recognizing projects and initiatives that protect and conserve natural habitats and wild species.
- Public Engagement and Outreach: Recognizing programs and initiatives that educate and empower the broader public by teaching the necessary skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible action.
- Shared Footprints Award: Recognizing those who have exemplified land and water stewardship, built shared knowledge, improved air quality, reduced land disturbances, and encouraged ecotourism.
The AEF's Emerald Youth Grant program empowers students and youth (under 25) to make their dream environmental projects a reality.
How to apply
- Binge-watch or listen to the Emerald Documentary Series, What On EARTH Can We Do? Podcast, or Emerald Speakers Series.
- Participate in conversations with the support of our study guides.
- Pitch your inspired environmental project using this form.
- If your pitch is accepted, you will be sent the first $500 to launch your project.
- Once your project is complete, submit a follow-up report to tell us how it went and receive the remaining $250.
- Only group projects are eligible for funding. Individuals will not be approved.
- Applicants are only eligible for one grant per granting period. There are two granting periods per year: Fall (August-December) and Spring (January–June).
- The AEF strives to distribute a total of 30 grants per year through the Emerald Youth Grants program.
- Funds are distributed in two amounts: $500 upfront when your environmental project pitch is approved. The remaining $250 will be distributed once we have reviewed your final report.
- Funds are distributed via e-transfer or direct deposit.
If you have any questions about the AEF or the Emerald Youth Grants program, please visit emeraldfoundation.ca or email email@example.com.