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The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization comprised of groups throughout the province dedicated to helping preserve and protect Alberta's environment. The AEN's purpose is to facilitate the sharing of information & resources among member groups, and to assist them in taking common action. AEN also promotes awareness of environmental issues & activities with stakeholders & the general public. AEN facilitates member group meetings and the participation of member groups in meetings and consultation with government and/or industry. Check out Field Notes for the latest news, events & action alerts from the AEN & our member groups.

 

Stewards in Motion

From the Land Stewardship Centre of Canada website:

Stewards in Motion is more than just a series of events. It is a rally call to connect all stewards at a local level, regardless of focus, affiliation or discipline. It is the philosophy that enables the stewardship community and other stakeholders such as municipal government, ENGOs and industry, to think collectively and then act locally to protect our valuable, common natural assets…

 

Brought to you by ASN, with the support of Miistakis Institute and Environmental Law Centre, these interactive, regional events offer participants the opportunity to actively learn, share, and engage in collaborative dialogue across sectors.

…this year’s theme is transforming collaboration to advance local stewardship efforts.

Events are scheduled for November 6 in Lac La Biche and November 27 in Buffalo Lake. Read more »

Posted September 26, 2014 by AEN

Phasing Out Coal — A Healthy Decision

Sep 30 2014 - 8:30am - 11:30am

Coal-fired plants make people sick and die, particularly children and those with chronic illnesses, and they cost society huge amounts of money desperately needed for other purposes.
—Dr Alan Lockwood, MD, The Silent Epidemic, MIT, 2012

The majority of Alberta's electricity is generated by coal fired plants (Alberta Energy, 2012). The research is now clear that burning coal comes with substantial human health costs. In Alberta alone coal contributes to over 100 fatalities and more than 4,000 asthma symptom days every year (Alberta study here). What are the impacts of coal on human health? How can Alberta include health issues related to burning coal in its energy strategy? Read more »

Location

MacHall A (lower level)
MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary (2500 University Drive NW)
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Posted September 24, 2014 by AEN

Phasing Out Coal — A Healthy Decision

Sep 29 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Coal-fired plants make people sick and die, particularly children and those with chronic illnesses, and they cost society huge amounts of money desperately needed for other purposes.
—Dr Alan Lockwood, MD, The Silent Epidemic, MIT, 2012

The research is now clear that burning coal comes with substantial human health costs. In Alberta alone, coal contributes to over 100 fatalities and more than 4,000 asthma symptom days every year (A Costly Diagnosis, 2013). The majority of Alberta's electricity is generated by coal-fired plants. Read more »

Location

CN Theatre (Room 5-142)
MacEwan University City Centre Campus
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 24, 2014 by AEN

Panels Not Pipelines: A Speaking Tour About Solutions

Alberta has faced more than its fair share of environmental and fiscal horror stories. The province's chaotic emphasis on hydrocarbon development has delivered endless pipeline leaks, growing bitumen pollution and unaccountable one-party government. These problems have left many Albertans wondering if we could write a different story. A story that still creates jobs and keeps our economy strong but without the environmental downside.

Luckily those solutions are readily at hand and Alberta is the perfect place to implement them.

This October come listen to Jane Kleeb from Bold Nebraska as she tells the story of not only how her community stopped the KeystoneXL tarsands pipeline from endangering the Oglala aquifer but also how they are also building real energy solutions in the process.

From a solar powered barn, to replanting corn that has been lost for generations Jane tells a story of hope and resistance.  

On the tour other prominent speakers like award winning author and journalist Andrew Nikiforuk, solar energy guru Randall Benson with Gridworks Energy Group, and wind and solar expert David Isaac may also join Jane.

This is a moment not to be missed. Read more »

Posted September 23, 2014 by AEN

Emerald Day Community Reception

Oct 2 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

From the Alberta Emerald Foundation:

Please join us at Emerald Day in Fort McMurray and BE INSPIRED!

Emerald Day is a community environmental showcase event, with displays, talks and networking.  This community reception event will feature a special presentation by Simon Jackson, one of Time Magazine's 60 Heroes for the Planet.  Simon will be speaking at about 6:15pm and will then be available for questions and connecting.

Emerald Day is presented by Syncrude Canada, with support from Newalta and organized by the Alberta Emerald Foundation.  The Alberta Emerald Foundation is a provincial charity committed to recognize, celebrate and inspire environmental excellence, best known for hosting the annual Emerald Awards.

Emerald Day is free to attend, and the community reception event includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres and bar.

For information or to become involved, please contact us at 780-616-1556 or email emmy [at] emeraldfoundation [dot] ca.

Location

MacDonald Island Park - Nexen Fieldhouse
Fort McMurray, AB

Posted September 19, 2014 by AEN

Young Edmonton Grants

Deadline: 
15 Oct 2014 (All day)

From the Edmonton Community Foundation:

We are pleased to announce the fall online application for the Young Edmonton Grants (YEG) program, a funding opportunity dedicated for young Edmonton and area residents, is now open! The deadline to submit applications is October 15 for projects occurring after December 1, 2014.

Tips for submitting an online application: Read more »

Posted September 18, 2014 by AEN

Job Opportunity: Executive Director, EcoLiving Events

Position: 
Executive Director
Location: 
Calgary

Start Date: September – October 2014

EcoLiving Events is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to increase the use of green technologies in homes. We have successfully accomplished these goals over the past 15 years through a combination of advocacy, education and local initiatives. Read more »

Posted September 18, 2014 by AEN

Call for Delegate: ENGO Sector Member, Alberta Water Council

Position: 
Member, ENGO Sector
Application Deadline: 
26 Sep 2014 (All day)

The Alberta Environmental Network is looking for one representative to participate as a member on the Alberta Water Council for a two-year term beginning October 2014.

The Alberta Water Council (AWC) has been tasked with tracking implementation of the Alberta Water for Life strategy, a province-wide approach to the protection of watersheds in Alberta.

Read more »

Posted September 18, 2014 by AEN

SESA Solar Seminar— Alberta Passive Solar Greenhouses: Lesson Learned

Sep 24 2014 - 7:00pm

Free presentation and discussion. No registration required. Refreshments at 6:30pm

Speaker: Rob Avis, Verge Permaculture

Rob and Michelle Avis have been living with and researching a solar greenhouse in Alberta for the past five years. Designed to meet the northern climate challenges of efficiently capturing heat and light while limiting heat loss and providing adequate ventilation, humidity, pest control and snow shedding; their experiment has provided some successes and a lot of wisdom. Rob will also discuss the ideal cold climate greenhouse including such design improvements as thermal curtains, an air lock entry, a water wicking system and a subterranean heat storage system. Read more »

Location

CN Theatre Rm 5-142
MacEwan University City Centre Campus (105 Street Building)
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 12, 2014 by AEN

8th Annual Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up

Sep 23 2014 - 10:00am

Join the Castle‐Crown Wilderness Coalition on September 23rd, 10:00 AM, at the boat dock at Beaver Mines Lake. Dress for the weather, don’t forget your hat and bring sunscreen, bug spray, water, and a bag lunch. Everyone is welcome to participate. Join us for an environmental clean up and help us keep our shoreline bright and beautiful.

Registration is requested but not required. To register call Carolyn at 403-627‐5059 or Wendy at 403-627‐4106.

Location

Boat Dock Beaver Mines Lake, AB

Posted September 9, 2014 by AEN

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