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. 

Boosting electric vehicle production could stimulate Canada’s economy

New report from the Pembina Institute and the International Council on Clean Transportation shows potential in Canada’s light and heavy duty electric vehicle production industry

TORONTO — To future-proof Canada’s auto industry and ensure the country holds its position as a top global auto producer, targeted policy support to enable a shift to electric vehicle production is critical, according to Power Play: Canada’s role in the electric vehicle transition, a new report from the Pembina Institute and the International Council on Clean Transportation.  Read more about Boosting electric vehicle production could stimulate Canada’s economy

Green Stimulus: Principles and recommendations for a 2020 economic stimulus package

The Pembina Institute has published their recommendations for a green economic stimulus package. In the publication, Pembina identifies four principles that are "integral to a stimulus response that ensures the future resilience of our economy":

  1. Priority should be given to funding that supports employment opportunities that are resilient to future economic shocks and disruption as the world seeks to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  2. Investments that support the development of industries and businesses producing low- and zero-carbon goods and services should be prioritized to grow the foundation for Canada’s low-carbon economy and secure our domestic supply chain.
  3. Investments in industry should incent decarbonization efforts that go beyond existing regulatory requirements.
  4. Where possible, all stimulus and relief decisions should be made through the lens of Canada’s ability to meet its climate commitments.

While financial relief for impacted Canadians should be immediate and widereaching, economic stimulus interventions, if designed with climate and economic resilience in mind, represent an extraordinary opportunity to simultaneously boost the economy in the short term and make a down payment on a prosperous, resilient future.

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Staying the course on carbon pricing sends strong investment signal

Pembina Institute reacts to scheduled increase of national price on pollution

OTTAWA — Isabelle Turcotte, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the scheduled increase of the federal carbon price going into effect today: Read more about Staying the course on carbon pricing sends strong investment signal

Pembina Institute appoints former sustainability executive to top job

Linda Coady has worked with business and environmentalists to achieve progress on complex problems

CALGARY — The board of directors of the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading clean energy and environmental think tank, is pleased to announce Linda Coady will assume the role of executive director today. Formerly with Enbridge Inc., the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, WWF-Canada and Weyerhaeuser, Coady brings extensive experience finding common ground to Pembina’s work advancing climate action across all sectors of Canada’s economy.    Read more about Pembina Institute appoints former sustainability executive to top job

Call for Public Review and Comment: Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Life: Neonicotinoid insecticides

Initiative: 
Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Life: Neonicotinoid insecticides
Deadline: 
28 May 2020

From the CCME website:

A draft Scientific Criteria Document for the Development of Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Life: Neonicotinoid insecticides for acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and thiacloprid is available for public review and comment until May 28, 2020. The scientific criteria document is available in English and French. Read more about Call for Public Review and Comment: Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Life: Neonicotinoid insecticides

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

Young Edmonton Grants

Deadline: 
15 May 2020

Young Edmonton Grants (YEG) application now open!

Requests can be made for up to $3,000.

The YEG program supports activities that are initiated, led, and organized by young Edmonton and area residents. Ideas and projects of all kinds are supported. The most important consideration is that the applicant is an Edmonton and area resident between the ages of 13 and 24 and is instrumental in the project’s planning and execution. Read more about Young Edmonton Grants

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

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