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. 

Environmental monitoring suspended for all oil and gas projects in Alberta

Alberta Energy Regulator suspends requirements for environmental monitoring for all energy projects, citing COVID-19 concerns, despite the Government of Alberta rolling out its plans to reopen the rest of the province

Edmonton – Alberta’s Energy Regulator released two unilateral decisions on May 20, 2020, to suspend a series of environmental monitoring activities for all oil & gas operators and in situ operators. These suspensions include monitoring tailings for migratory bird landings, programs to detect and repair methane leaks, testing of surface waters and groundwater, soil monitoring, reclamation monitoring programs, wetland monitoring, and the requirement for lab testing of waters released to the environment. Read more about Environmental monitoring suspended for all oil and gas projects in Alberta

Environmental reporting rules in Alberta modified during COVID-19 outbreak

By Jeff Wiehler

Three ministerial orders introduced at the end of March modified environmental reporting requirements in Alberta, citing challenges of complying with routine reporting during the COVID-19 outbreak. Following those ministerial orders, the Alberta Energy Regulator released two decisions on May 20 to suspend operators' monitoring requirements due to health and safety concerns during the pandemic. Read more about Environmental reporting rules in Alberta modified during COVID-19 outbreak

Alberta Strips Away Significant Mountain-Foothills Protection To Encourage Coal Mines

Coal Policy land zones, which have protected important mountain and foothills headwaters and wildlife habitat from open pit coal mining since 1976, were stripped away in a recent move by the Government of Alberta.

This policy change, made without any public consultation, has the potential to open up over 4.7 million hectares of environmentally sensitive lands to boom-and-bust coal developments, further jeopardizing headwaters integrity, wildlife security and the recovery of species at risk. Read more about Alberta Strips Away Significant Mountain-Foothills Protection To Encourage Coal Mines

Pembina Institute to assess updated methane regulations as Alberta seeks equivalency

Pembina Institute reiterates timeline and process on path to federal equivalency

CALGARY — The Government of Alberta has released updated methane regulations as it seeks to achieve federal equivalency. Jan Gorski, senior analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following comment: Read more about Pembina Institute to assess updated methane regulations as Alberta seeks equivalency

Response to COVID-related stimulus spending from environmental groups

Joint statements and recommendations from environmental groups across Canada

Over the past month, Canada’s civil society, particularly environment-focused organizations, has been advocating for Covid-19-era federal financial support and investments to be channelled to provide benefits for workers, ecosystems and the climate. Read more about Response to COVID-related stimulus spending from environmental groups

Critical Trout Habitat Damaged Without Consequence

Two years ago, at the end of April 2018, when the snow melted in the Rocky Mountains, a forestry road crossing Silvester Creek blew out. Silvester Creek is Critical Habitat for threatened native westslope cutthroat trout. The road then leaked large amounts of sediment into the clean water that the trout rely on to survive. Read more about Critical Trout Habitat Damaged Without Consequence

Alberta environmental groups moving campaigns online during the COVID-19 outbreak

Ideas and resources for virtual events and campaigns

 

With limitations to in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak, the only option for large events and rallies is to transition them online. Albertans can still join, learn and act – all from behind their computers or smartphones.

Many environmental groups and organizations in Alberta have swiftly adapted to virtual events and campaigns. Even though this change was not expected, it is an opportunity to experiment with delivering different styles and formats.  Read more about Alberta environmental groups moving campaigns online during the COVID-19 outbreak

CitiesIPCC Legacy Research Grant Program

Deadline: 
15 Jun 2020

From the grant program website:

ABOUT THE CITIESIPCC LEGACY RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM

The City of Edmonton, with support from Alberta Ecotrust, are partnering to deliver research grants to help advance knowledge about how Edmonton can become an energy sustainable and climate resilient city. Read more about CitiesIPCC Legacy Research Grant Program

17+ Online Resources for Learning About the Environment from Home for Kids of All Ages

As the physical and social distancing measures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic seem likely to stay in force for the near future, we asked our members and colleagues for their suggestions of online environmental learning resources to help kids of all ages learn about the environment during this time of limited activities. Here are their suggestions, and some of our own. Read more about 17+ Online Resources for Learning About the Environment from Home for Kids of All Ages

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