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. 

New report documents clash between rising oilsands emissions and Canada’s climate commitments

Pembina Institute recommends measures to halt rising emissions and decarbonize the oilsands sector

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CALGARY — In a new report, the Pembina Institute documents the overall rise in greenhouse gas emissions from Canada’s oilsands, the conflict with the country’s 2030 and 2050 climate commitments, and how governments and industry can help ensure the sector remains competitive as it improves carbon performance.  Read more about New report documents clash between rising oilsands emissions and Canada’s climate commitments

Y2Y Partner Grants Program

Deadline: 
28 Feb 2020

From the Y2Y website:

Since 1998, Y2Y has invested in grassroots organizations through our annual Y2Y Partner Grants Program. 

These on-the-ground projects complement the efforts of Y2Y, and mobilize work that we wouldn’t be able to do on our own.

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CPAWS SAB appoints Brad Clute as new Executive Director

Calgary – Brad Clute, a lifelong Albertan and nationally known environmental leader, has been appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta Chapter, the Board of Directors announced today.

Clute joins CPAWS-SAB after a long and successful career with Mountain Equipment Coop and two decades of activity in the environmental community. He was Regional Community Investment Specialist, Western Canada, for MEC for seven years and most recently Regional Human Resources Business Manager. Read more about CPAWS SAB appoints Brad Clute as new Executive Director

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

Cenovus shows companies are willing to accept more stringent climate policies

Pembina Institute reacts to Cenovus Energy Inc. announcement of new climate targets

CALGARY — BENJAMIN ISRAEL, SENIOR ANALYST at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to an announcement by Cenovus Energy Inc.: Read more about Cenovus shows companies are willing to accept more stringent climate policies

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

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