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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.

 

EcoLiving Fair + Workshops

Mar 12 2016 - 10:00am - 5:30pm

The demand for sustainable living solutions continues to grow in Central Alberta so ReThink Red Deer is proud to host the EcoLiving Fair + Workshops at the Red Deer College! Read more »

Location

Cenovus Learning Common (east wing)
Red Deer College
Red Deer, AB

Posted February 26, 2016 by AEN

The Perfect Storm — Unregulated Access in our Eastern Slopes

24 Feb 2016

Tens of thousands of Albertans are calling for strict limits on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) along Alberta’s Eastern Slopes, and for a ban of OHVs in Alberta’s parks and protected areas. Poor management of the cumulative impacts of industrial development from oil &gas, forestry and mining along the east slopes has created the perfect storm of unregulated access from OHV users. Read more »

Posted February 25, 2016 by AEN

Call for Delegate: Evaluating Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Project Team, Alberta Water Council

Initiative: 
Evaluating Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Project Team
Position: 
ENGO Sector Member
Application Deadline: 
8 Mar 2016 - 23:59

Water conservation and major water-using sectors voluntarily developing and implementing water conservation, efficiency and productivity (CEP) plans are pillars of the Water for Life (WFL) strategy. Improving overall efficiency and productivity of water use by 30% from 2005 levels by 2015 was identified as an aspirational specific outcome in the original WFL strategy (2003), and was reaffirmed in the renewed WFL (2008) and associated action plan (2009).

Since 2004, the Alberta Water Council (AWC) has supported the CEP initiative with three project teams: the first identified guiding principles and definitions related to CEP planning; the second developed a framework to guide the sectors in creating their CEP plans; and the third supported the seven priority water-using sectors as they developed their plans. The third team also made a recommendation for a fourth team. This team would report on the implementation progress of sectors’ CEP plans, evaluate the overall CEP planning process, and make recommendations to enhance sector CEP planning, implementation and future reporting if needed. Read more »

Posted February 22, 2016 by AEN

Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture: Sustainable agriculture as adaptation to climate change

Feb 24 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture Poster Read more »

Location

Room 1-440
Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), University of Alberta (Saskatchewan Drive)
Edmonton, AB

Posted February 22, 2016 by AEN

Alberta conservation group asks why taxpayer’s money spent repairing off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails that will now have to be removed

16 Feb 2016

Pincher Creek — The Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (CCWC) is asking why the Government of Alberta continued to spend money repairing and entrenching off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails in what is to become the Castle Provincial Park when OHVs aren’t allowed in provincial parks. Read more »

Posted February 16, 2016 by AEN

Statement re: Federal Court decision on Maligne Lake legal challenge

10 Feb 2016

EDMONTON – Conservation groups remain hopeful that a concept proposal for overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park will be stopped after a Federal Court ruling confirmed that proposals violating park management plans cannot be approved. Read more »

Posted February 10, 2016 by AEN

Alberta ENGOs Strategic Engagement with Alberta Energy Regulator

Initiative: 
Alberta ENGOs Strategic Engagement with Alberta Energy Regulator
Position: 
Up to twelve (12) Alberta ENGOs
Application Deadline: 
12 Feb 2016 (All day)

The AER is single regulator of energy development in Alberta—from application and exploration, to construction and development, to abandonment, reclamation, and remediation. This responsibility includes environmental elements related to energy development that were previously held by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD). Read more »

Posted February 9, 2016 by AEN

NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series

Mar 22 2016 - 8:00am - Mar 23 2016 - 5:00pm
Jun 22 2016 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

Non-profit organizations create positive social, environmental and economic impacts for their communities. At the same time, they are expected to be role models whose own staff and operations “walk the talk” in terms of sustainability. This can be a challenge given limited time, support and funding

The Natural Step Canada and Edmonton Community Foundation are excited to offer the NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series to help NGO’s address this need with two key outcomes:

  • To build the capacity of staff to develop and deliver a sustainability action plan, based on the award-winning approached pioneered by The Natural Step.
  • To develop an action plan to improve sustainability performance.
  • Read more »

Location

Edmonton Community Foundation
9910 103 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted February 5, 2016 by AEN

EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grant Learning Session

Feb 10 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Feb 10 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

From the City of Edmonton website:

We are partnering with Alberta Ecotrust to deliver environmental grants to help support energy literate citizens with energy conserving lifestyles and a strong shift to active and public transportation.

We believe these grants, available to non-profits, community leagues, schools and charities, will engage Edmontonians to work on these challenges and provide them with support to collaborate and to create positive environmental change in their own backyards.

The focus will be on community projects that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Examples of neighbourhood projects include:

  • Walking school bus
  • Installation of solar panels on a community facility
  • Tool-lending library

You must attend one of the learning sessions to apply for the grants.

Read more »

Location

City of Edmonton Knowledge Centre, 2nd Floor HSBC Building
10250 101 Street NW (attached to the City Centre Mall West)
Edmonton, AB

Posted February 4, 2016 by AEN

29th ANPC Workshop and AGM: “Rare Plant Conservation”

Apr 30 2016 - 8:00am - 9:15pm

Workshop Schedule

  • Check–in and Registration: 8:00 am—8:30 am
  • Workshop Presentations: 8:30 am—4:15 pm
  • Annual General Meeting: 4:30 pm—6:00 pm
  • Banquet and Guest Speaker: 6:15 pm—9:15 pm

Everyone is invited to attend the AGM. Learn about ANPC activities.

Confirmed speakers

  • Dayle Soppet – Intro to “rare” plants – what is a rare plant?
  • Robin Gutsell – rare plant “lists” and the challenges in assessing their status
  • Lorna Allen – rank updates
  • Jessica Stolar – Impacts of climate change on rare plants
  • Laurie Hamilton – Understanding bias when using spatial data to support rare plant conservation initiatives
  • Varina Crisfield – Ecology of impoverished pinweed (rare Athabasca sand dune endemic)
  • Cathy Linowski  – rare plants in disturbed or ephemeral habitats
  • Heather Sinton – Landuse Planning Framework
  • Jodie Krakowski – Recovery Planning for Whitebark and Limber Pine
  • Elisabeth Beaubien – Plant phenology and biodiversity research.

Native Seed Exchange

This year we will feature a “native seed exchange”. If you have collected native seeds, and have extras, please put some in sealed envelopes. Add their latin name, collection site, number of seeds and preferred growing location. Donate them or exchange for others you do not have.

Field Trip - Sunday, May 1, 2016

Join us for a field trip to the Rachel Agnes Hayes 2 Property. It is a 169 ha (418 acres) property owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and is located on Boss Hill, north of Stettler. Prior to NCC’s purchase of the property in 2014, the property was a ranch used for cattle grazing. The property is a nice example of native Aspen Parkland with freshwater and saline wetlands, aspen forests, shrublands, and native grasslands. There are also beautiful views of Buffalo Lake from the west side of the property. We will meet at 10:00am and the walk will last about 2 hours. This trip will be led by Alan Dodd. Read more »

Location

Stettler Recreation Centre
6202 44 Avenue
Stettler, AB

Posted February 3, 2016 by AEN

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