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Emerald Awards 2017


EDMONTON - ON TUESDAY, environmental leaders from across Alberta gathered at Edmonton's Royal Alberta Museum for the 26th Annual Emerald Awards.

Earlier this year, the AEF received 65 nominations for the prestigious awards. A panel of knowledgeable third-party judges was tasked with reviewing all nominations and selecting three finalists, with one recipient, in each category.

"Over our Foundation's quarter century, we have seen a great evolution in sustainable practices across all sectors in our province. We have witnessed the inspiring effect Albertan EcoHeroes have had on others, both in our province and around the globe," says Andy Etmanski, Board Chair, AEF. "Each recipient represents a unique, positive, and innovative approach to sustainable practices. We are thrilled to share their stories with Alberta as we showcase their hard work and dedication to the environment."

"By becoming an Emerald Awards Recipient, we hope to reach a wider audience and continue towards our goal of building a sustainable urban forest," shares Katelynne Webb, City of Edmonton's Root for Trees program (Government Institution Recipient). "As more volunteers become involved with the initiative, we can continue to positively impact Edmonton's urban landscape and create stewards of Edmonton's urban forest."

"Many amazing environmental initiatives as groups have been recognized by the AEF, and it is incredibly fulfilling to be among them," says Ngaio Baril, Foothills Stream Crossing Partnership (Shared Footprints Recipient). "This recognition is amazing and will provide the motivation required to keep improving fish habitat, one crossing at a time."

Hosted by Albertan theatre artists Jana O'Connor and Chris Bullough, the 26th Annual Emerald Awards celebration featured special performances by Dallas Arcand Jr., Lindsey Walker, and poet laureate Pierrette Requier. The Honourable Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta,  andDr. Bob Turner, MLA for Edmonton-Whitemud, provided special greetings.

For the list and description of winners, visit the Emerald Awards website

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