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. 

Job Posting

Volunteer Opportunity: Youth Council, Alberta Environmental Network

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

Funding Opportunity

Community Environment Action Grant

18 Nov 2018

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


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

Media Releases & Op-eds

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


Embracing the network

How to build a powerfully collaborative campaign

New/Mode and Nationbuilder collaborated to develop this ten step guide to network campaigns. From the guide:

“Embracing Networks” in campaigns can lead to powerful results. Many of the largest campaigns in the world, mobilizing millions of people, use the power of networks. It’s easier than ever to embrace networked campaigning thanks to new technologies that have come on-stream in recent years.

Download this guide to learn more about embracing networks to drive powerful results.  Read more about Embracing the network

Funding Opportunity

Community Grants

31 Oct 2018

From the Alberta Ecotrust website:

We will begin accepting applications to our Grant Program for Community Grants on October 1, 2018. We highly recommend all interested parties contact our grant team before you begin the application process to ensure fit. You can reach the grants team by emailing [email protected] or by calling 1-800-465-2147. Read more about Community Grants

Job Posting

Public Agency Opportunity: Board Member, Energy Efficiency Alberta

Board Member
Application Deadline: 
5 Nov 2018

Alberta Environment and Parks, Calgary. It is recognized in Alberta as a fundamental principle and as a matter of public policy that all persons are equal. Diversity and inclusion are valued and supported on the boards of Alberta's public agencies.

The Minister of Environment and Parks, responsible for the Office of Alberta Climate Change Office is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as a Board Member of Energy Efficiency Alberta. Read more about Public Agency Opportunity: Board Member, Energy Efficiency Alberta

Action Alert

Wild Spaces 2020

From our mountains, to boreal forests and grasslands, Alberta has an amazing number of wild spaces that we cherish and take pride in. Unfortunately, many of these areas are not protected and are at risk of being lost.

In 2010, Canada committed to conserving at least “17% of terrestrial areas and inland waters” by 2020 through networks of protected areas and other conservation measures. This is known as Aichi Target 11 under the United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity. Progress in achieving this target has been glacial: from 2010 to 2016, Canada only added 1% to its protected areas network.

Why are protected places important?
Protected places create safe havens for forests, grasslands, wetlands and oceans to recover without disruption from poorly considered industrial, agricultural and residential development.

Protected areas also provide habitat for wildlife species like grizzlies, wolves, caribou and trout.Currently, 50% of Canada’s wildlife species are in decline.

Wild Spaces 2020 is AWA’s campaign to celebrate Alberta’s amazing wild spaces and a call to protect them for future generations to enjoy. Our campaign works in partnership with other organizations to ensure that Canada is not only held to this promise, but aims to exceed it by the 2020 deadline. Read more about Wild Spaces 2020

Media Releases & Op-eds

Call for low-cost solar power is a smart move

Pembina Institute reacts to the Government of Alberta’s RFP for solar producers

Calgary—Sara Hastings-Simon, Managing Director, Clean Economy at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta government's recent announcement: Read more about Call for low-cost solar power is a smart move


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