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. 

Call for Members: CASA Air Quality Management Symposium Working Group

Initiative: 
Air Quality Management Symposium—CAAQS in Alberta
Position: 
ENGO Members (2)
Application Deadline: 
21 Jan 2020

Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) are the driver for air quality management across Canada. To date, CAAQS have been developed for sulphur dioxide (SO2), fine particulate matter (PM2.5), and ozone (O3) and NO2. Industry associations, non-governmental organizations, and Indigenous organizations participate in the development and review of CAAQS. CAAQS are reviewed every five years to ensure they are stringent enough to protect human health and the environment. The CAAQS for ozone are currently under review. Read more about Call for Members: CASA Air Quality Management Symposium Working Group

Let's grow and mobilize our network

Thank you for your interest in and support for the Alberta Environmental Network in 2019. The AEN had a very busy year and we are planning for our activity and network to grow in 2020! Here's some of the highlights from 2019 that I am most excited about:

AEN members creating and disseminating a pre-election survey of provincial political parties asking them their positions and policies on key environmental issues.

Promoting members’ campaigns such as CPAWS’ Bighorn Country campaign, as well as creating an AEN Energy Efficiency campaign in partnership with Efficiency Canada and the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Growing the network to intersect with other movements including health.

Launching the AEN Climate Caucus and Climate Communications Working Group.

Convening and connecting Alberta climate strikers and activists with AEN members in Edmonton.

Electing four new directors to the AEN board, representing more regions in Alberta.

Planning the creation of new caucuses and working groups in 2020.
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Caribou hearing adjourned pending further discussions with federal government

CALGARY – A legal case concerning protection for boreal caribou habitat in northeastern Alberta has been adjourned, pending further discussions between the environmental groups and First Nations that brought the lawsuit and the federal government.

Lawyers from Ecojustice represent the Alberta Wilderness Association, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, the Mikisew Cree First Nation, and the David Suzuki Foundation in the proceedings.

Ecojustice lawyer Melissa Gorrie released the following statement: Read more about Caribou hearing adjourned pending further discussions with federal government

Alberta’s regulations fail to effectively address major sources of emissions

Federal government would put Canada’s climate ambition at risk if Alberta’s weak methane regulations are approved

Alberta needs to improve its oil and gas methane regulations significantly before they go to the federal government for approval. The current regulations will fail to meet Canada’s methane reduction targets of 40 to 45 per cent by 2025.  Read more about Alberta’s regulations fail to effectively address major sources of emissions

Public Lands Should Not be Sold to Mackenzie County

A recent proposal to sell 140,000 hectares of Alberta public lands to Mackenzie County would convert vital boreal native habitat into agricultural lands and grazing reserves.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) does not support the sale and conversion of public lands, an important finite public resource. AWA believes any proposal to sell and convert public lands must have a thorough consultation process that engages local indigenous communities and the general public. Read more about Public Lands Should Not be Sold to Mackenzie County

Albertans Ignored to Allow Motorized Recreation and Industry in Castle Parks

Calgary, AB – To appease a noisy minority, the Government of Alberta appears to be opening the door for motorized recreation and industry in the Castle Parks, despite the direction of public consultation on creation and management of the parks.

In 2017, the Castle Parks in southwestern Alberta were officially designated. Based on the longest and most extensive public consultation in Alberta Parks’ history, a management plan was developed that reflects the wishes and directions expressed by the people of Alberta. Read more about Albertans Ignored to Allow Motorized Recreation and Industry in Castle Parks

Fortress Ski Hill Approved to Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has learned that the Alberta government recently granted approval to Fortress Mountain ski hill to remove 50 million liters per year of water from Kananaskis country and truck it to a Calgary water bottling facility to sell as ‘pure’ mountain water. AWA strongly opposes this water use and calls on Albertans to convey their concerns to the government and Fortress ski hill. Read more about Fortress Ski Hill Approved to Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Volunteer Opportunity: Board of Directors, Alberta Environmental Network

Position: 
Board of Directors
Application Deadline: 
16 Nov 2019

The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) is an incorporated non-profit, non-partisan umbrella organization dedicated to helping preserve and protect Alberta’s environment. Since 1980, the AEN has advocated for, and supported the participation of environmental non-profit organizations (ENGOs) and passionate individuals in constructive and collaborative processes on environmental public policy issues.  Read more about Volunteer Opportunity: Board of Directors, Alberta Environmental Network

AWA Letter on Bow Basin Water Management Options

Alberta Environment and Parks has been gathering input on Bow Basin Water Management Options. The Alberta Wilderness Association has published its response on their website. From their letter:

AWA believes that the primary strategy for flood mitigation for Calgary and surrounding communities should not be on-stream dam infrastructure, but rather upstream land use improvements, and strictly limiting the future establishment of commercial, industrial, residential developments within the floodplain of the Bow River. This project has gained considerable momentum without adequate scrutiny of environmental impacts or of alternatives to on-stream dams. AWA strongly believes that all three options must be vetted thoroughly for potential negative ecological effects. While we support none of the projects, we believe that the Ghost dam option is potentially the least harmful. Read more about AWA Letter on Bow Basin Water Management Options

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