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. 

Public Land Sale Opposed

A quarter section of public land, SE 31-9-13-W4, located near Taber is slated for auction on March 31, 2020. The provincial government should be proactively avoiding any further losses of native prairie landscapes. With less than 2% of Alberta’s native prairie grasslands protected, we need this piece left as is under public land management.  Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is calling for this public land sale to be withdrawn. Read more about Public Land Sale Opposed

Strong Majority of Albertans Oppose Government Changes to Parks

Edmonton – A new public opinion survey shows the vast majority of Albertans oppose the changes to Alberta parks announced with the 2020 provincial budget.

On March 2, 2020 Alberta Environment and Parks announced the full or partial closure of 20 parks and the removal of 164 parks from the Alberta Parks System resulting in the loss of 39 percent of Alberta’s parks and removal of the protections to conservation values and quality of recreation experience that are provided through a parks designation. Read more about Strong Majority of Albertans Oppose Government Changes to Parks

EcoCity Edmonton Grant Program

Deadline: 
17 Apr 2020

The City of Edmonton, with support from Alberta Ecotrust and the Edmonton Community Foundation, are partnering to deliver grants to help transition Edmonton into an energy sustainable and climate resilient city. Edmontonians have an important role in reducing our contribution to climate change and preparing locally for future climatic changes and events. These grants, available to non-profits, community leagues, schools and charities, will invest in citizen-led urban solutions to climate change. Read more about EcoCity Edmonton Grant Program

AWA Letter of Opposition to the Sale of Public Lands in Taber

Following the Alberta government's decision to sell a quarter section of public land near Taber, the Alberta Wilderness Association has published their responsestating that

The level of public engagement in the management of public lands has been an AWA concern for more than 50 years, and we believe that this proposed sale of public land in Taber illustrates the deficiencies within the current management framework that provide no transparency, hinder public participation, and enable an unacceptable standard for monitoring and managing public lands.

Read the full letter on the AWA website Read more about AWA Letter of Opposition to the Sale of Public Lands in Taber

Defend Alberta’s Parks!

From the CPAWS Southern Alberta website:

The Alberta Government announced they are eliminating or privatizing 184 sites from the Alberta Parks system, including 20 parks that will be completely or partially closed immediately. Other impacts include closing visitor centres, discontinuing popular groomed cross-country ski trails, shortening the operating season for many campgrounds and increasing camping and service fees at all sites. Read more about Defend Alberta’s Parks!

CPAWS Statement on Alberta Parks Closures and Privatization

For over 50 years CPAWS Southern and Northern Alberta chapters have been collaborating with industry, government, Indigenous partners, communities, and like-minded organizations to protect our invaluable parks and wilderness areas and connect Albertans to nature through sustainable outdoor recreation. We are very concerned with the recent announcement from the Government of Alberta on a drastic change to our parks and recreation areas. Read more about CPAWS Statement on Alberta Parks Closures and Privatization

Ecojustice to face-off against Kenney gov’t in court again

Environmental group intervening in legal proceedings to defend federal Impact Assessment Act

CALGARY – Ecojustice is intervening in another constitutional reference case brought by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, this time aimed at undermining the federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA) and its regulations.

Premier Kenney’s legal challenge is the most recent of a string of politically-motivated attacks on the environment and laws developed to defend the air, water, and land on which Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast depend. Read more about Ecojustice to face-off against Kenney gov’t in court again

Government Plans to Remove 164 Sites from Parks System

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Tolman Bridge Campground

Tolman Bridge Campground (pictured), one of the 20 sites that the Government is proposing to fully or partially close. Photo © Alberta Wilderness Association

The provincial government has announced a plan to remove 164 of 473 sites from the Alberta Parks system, including 19 Provincial Parks and Natural Areas, in addition to a full or partial closure of 20 sites. AWA has serious concern with the removal of sites from the parks system due to the important recreational and ecological values these areas provide; this decision will almost certainly mean their protected area status will be threatened. Read more about Government Plans to Remove 164 Sites from Parks System

Major Project Grants

Deadline: 
31 Mar 2020

From the Alberta Ecotrust website:

We are now accepting applications for our Major Projects grant program from March 2 to March 31, 2020. This is a two-stage process that begins with submitting a Letter of Intent through our Application Portal below.

NOTE: You may notice the application portal looks a bit different than in previous years. This is because we have recently moved to new Grantmaking software. As a result of this move you will need to create a new profile even if you have applied for an Alberta Ecotrust grant before.

If you have any questions or problems accessing our system please contact our grant staff via email at [email protected], or by calling 403-209-2245 or 1-800-465-2147 outside of Calgary.

APPLICATION PORTAL

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.

Full details & application portal Read more about Major Project Grants

CPAWS concerned with cuts to parks and protected areas in Alberta’s 2020 budget

Edmonton/Calgary – CPAWS Northern and Southern Alberta chapters are deeply concerned over the fate of parks and conservation in Alberta after budget announcements on Thursday. The budget of Fall 2019 saw a substantial 9.7% cut to the Alberta Parks budget, and this additional 10% cut in the 2020 budget will further degrade the ability of Alberta Parks to properly manage the areas designated to protect Alberta’s natural heritage. Read more about CPAWS concerned with cuts to parks and protected areas in Alberta’s 2020 budget

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