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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.

 

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.
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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.

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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

Cutthroats Cut Out of Castle

2 Feb 2016

The Critical Habitat Order for Threatened westslope cutthroat trout provides the legislation needed to prohibit off highway vehicles (OHVs) within the Castle Provincial and Wildland Provincial Parks. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and Timberwolf Wilderness Society are calling on the Federal and Provincial Governments to enforce the Order to protect remaining westslope cutthroat trout populations in the Castle. This initial step will work towards restoring populations to self-sustaining levels as per the Recovery Strategy issued in March 2014. Read more »

Posted February 2, 2016 by AEN

Major Project Grants

Deadline: 
29 Feb 2016 (All day)

From the Alberta Ecotrust website:

The online application portal for Major Projects is now open. Please review the guidelines and criteria before applying.

The heart of Alberta Ecotrust’s work is supporting the people and projects that effectively address Alberta’s most pressing environmental issues. We accomplish this primarily by investing Alberta environmental non-governmental organizations to more effectively deliver programs, projects, and results that advance their environmental missions within our issue priorities.

Major Grants

This program is designed to support more comprehensive projects that have the potential to result in substantial environmental benefit. The application process is more comprehensive and will be undertaken in two parts. These projects must be completed within a year. Maximum grant is $30,000.

Read more »

Posted February 2, 2016 by AEN

Emerald Awards

Deadline: 
19 Feb 2016 (All day)

From the Alberta Emerald Foundation website:

Posted February 2, 2016 by AEN

Pembina reacts to federal climate test principles

27 Jan 2016

OTTAWA — Erin Flanagan, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to additional review principles for fossil fuel projects unveiled by Minister McKenna and Minister Carr today:

“We welcome the five principles unveiled today by the federal government to address deficiencies in the existing review process for fossil fuel projects. These principles demonstrate that Ottawa is committed to improving the ways in which fossil fuel infrastructure is evaluated. The requirement to consider direct and upstream carbon pollution in regulatory reviews acknowledges a long-standing deficiency in Canada’s regulatory framework for fossil fuel projects.

Read more »

Posted January 28, 2016 by AEN

Conservation Community Calls for Swift Action to Protect Alberta’s Headwaters

25 Jan 2016

Representing tens of thousands of members and supporters across the province, Alberta’s conservation community is today calling for strict limits on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on public lands, and a ban on OHVs in parks and protected areas across Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. Read more »

Posted January 26, 2016 by AEN

Garbage-Free February Kick-off

Jan 31 2016 - 1:00pm

"1 person, 0 waste... 10 years."


10 years ago, a single individual took up the challenge to try a garbage free existence for a month. From that first experiment in sustainable living, Garbage-Free February was born here in Red Deer. Read more »

Location

Margaret Parsons Theatre
Red Deer College
Red Deer, AB

Posted January 26, 2016 by AEN

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