The Alberta Emerald Foundation is Alberta’s environmental good-news storytellers connecting the province’s environmental leaders and providing a voice to share their positive examples to inspire others. The Foundation is committed to providing year-round programming that engages, informs, and emboldens environmental stewardship in Alberta.
New farmers report that land access is the biggest barrier to entry they face. At the same time, older farmers looking to retire are wondering how to transfer their land to the next generation of farmers. This project will support research, consultations and surveys of new farmers, older farmers and land experts to better understand the land access and land transfer context in Alberta. Resources will be developed to support land access for new farmers and pilot workshops will test land access outreach and education approaches for new and older farmers.
This initiative will look at the challenges and opportunities for moving from conversion to conservation of agricultural lands which will result in a primer on agricultural lands law and policy in Alberta and a gap analysis to identify the legal challenges for conservation of agricultural lands. These reports will be conveyed to government, politicians, stakeholders and interested Albertans and will provide direct advice and support for emerging agricultural land conservation efforts.
In Alberta, municipal jurisdiction over the environment, generally, and biodiversity, specifically, is experiencing expansion as a result of amendments to the Municipal Government Act. This project explores the implications of this expansion.
A province-wide survey will assess attitudes of Alberta residents and municipal authorities toward fragmentation, conversion, and conservation policy tools. This research will help Alberta’s developers, provincial and municipal governments to better manage the fragmentation and conversion of agricultural land. This project involves two work streams with different deliverables at different dates: one on attitudes towards land use and the different policy tools; the other on the economics of land use change and the GIS planning tools. Final results will be disseminated in parallel.
This project approaches watershed management for drought and flood resiliency from a Low Impact Development land-use perspective to literally build upon the success of the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project. Conventional outreach activities by environmental non-profit organizations can be enhanced to deliver important lessons by offering hands-on experiential / skill-building learning that engages new audiences who otherwise would not be reached. Our initiative addresses watershed management through both active and passive rainwater and solar energy harvesting through a series of workshops that culminate in the raising of an open-air timber frame barn dubbed, “The Water Shed.”
The project is to create and publish a podcast series and website covering on-farm climate solutions—from solar power to better land management—in order to empower members of the rural community with the tools and understanding to be part of the clean energy economy of the future. This is an extension of an already existing program funded via the Alberta Government Community Environment Action Grant program to provide workshops and learning related to climate-positive agricultural and land-use practices.
The Alberta Emerald Foundation (AEF) is a unique and necessary charitable organization in Alberta. From celebrating environmental excellence during the Emerald Awards with 12 cross-sectoral categories and independent judges to recognizing the impact, innovation and achievements of Albertans through our Emerald Day events and Eco-Sharing. AEF shares these achievements and connects businesses, organizations and individuals which support environment to make a difference to locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
OWC’s niche and ultimate goal of Connecting Urban and Rural Communities in the Oldman Watershed Legacy Program is to foster strong community ties between rural producers and urban consumers. Through rural community discussion sessions, OWC has gained a clear sense that the agricultural community feels misunderstood by their urban counterparts and wants to show the consumer that they can feel good about the food they eat, and the water they drink because of the best practices of agriculture. By bridging the gap and fostering strong community ties OWC can expand our capacity to help the agricultural community communicate their positive stories to the urban consumer, thus improving the producers social license, as well as the consumers understanding of food production and how the land and water is used.
The Septic Sense program is a multi-agency initiative being undertaken in order to implement and evaluate a coordinated and collaborative septic system operation and maintenance workshop program for rural residential landowners and realtors in Alberta. Septic Sense fills an important gap in education and will raise awareness about proper septic system maintenance to Albertans. Through education and awareness, this workshop series will enhance and protect water quality of source water in Alberta as well as homeowner property values.
The project is to update, improve, post and then reprint, our highly popular Sustainable Action Canmore booklet and online supporting materials which AREF helped us produce in the fall of 2013. The booklets were developed with the help of local Real Estate Professionals who wanted easily accessible local information on water, energy, transportation, garbage and recycling for their clients new to Canmore. The booklets are creatively wrapped and packaged together as newcomer packages with the AREF TNS Sustainability at Home Toolkit, the Town of Canmore Recycling brochure and the local public transit brochure. Packages are given out to clients by Real Estate Professionals, property managers, the Town of Canmore and other organizations and businesses.
Our spectacular natural areas play a large part in our quality of life in Alberta, however, we can literally love our parks and wilderness areas to death if we don’t have a plan for sustainable use for the future. By working with other ENGOs, recreation groups, local communities and the Alberta public CPAWS Southern Alberta can help create a meaningful recreation policy and active stewards for our parks and public lands.
The “Love Your Headwaters” awareness campaign is aimed at informing downstream users living in the Edmonton area that the headwaters of the North Saskatchewan River, which supplies the city with 90 per cent of its drinking water, are in the Bighorn region. The Bighorn lies to the east of Jasper and Banff National Parks and provides fresh water to more than 1.2 million people. The Bighorn also teems with iconic wildlife and world-class backcountry recreational opportunities.
This project will also engage Calgarians around their headwaters in the Rocky Mountains.
“Water Quality and You” will engage people in voluntary conservation practices resulting in land that maintains/improves water quality along in the Red Deer River. Around 100 landowners along the river will be provided stewardship and conservation information through in-person meetings.
Marketing Opportunities in Conservation Incentives Seminar
How can land that is or could be part of a conservation program advantage your realty business? That’s what you’ll find out with this new one-day course developed by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and supported by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation (AREF). After completing the course, you’ll discover that the benefits of restoration and conservation programs go beyond environmental; they can actually bring you more revenue potential. The key for you is being able to scout the opportunities.
This course explains how DUC identifies and secures properties with high restoration and conservation value potential. As a realtor, you can play an important part in this process as you are well positioned to help identify land that may qualify for DUC programs. This could also lead to gains for your business down the road from the potential sale and resale of the land.
Course topics include:
• What is a wetland and why wetlands matter
• Identifying existing wetlands and wetland restoration opportunities
• Historic loss of wetlands and the resulting impact on water quality, flooding, drought and biodiversity
• Societal attitudes regarding wetlands and how they are changing
• Wetland and upland restoration and conservation incentive programs offered by DUC including the Revolving Land Conservation Purchase program, Wetland Restoration Lease program, and conservation easements, and how they can enhance your business
• Geographic areas that offer the most potential for conservation and wetland restoration programs
Wednesday, September 27
Olds College – Continuing Education
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Olds, Alberta T4H 1R6
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Thursday, October 12
Lakeland College – Room AL207
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The Emerald Awards are uniquely Canadian and allow Albertans to be recognized and celebrated for their outstanding environmental achievements in over 12 categories annually. Since 1992 the Emerald Awards have recognized nearly 300 recipients for their innovative and thoughtful projects, resulting in a healthier and cleaner environment for us all. The Shared Footprints Award is one of 12 categories that allow groups to showcase projects that create environmentally ethical plans aimed at managing the impact of human use of land and resources. It is a form of stewardship that changes the way we do business, ensuring that we share the land and work together to reduce the impact on that land.
This project will see the update and re-print of a wildly successful education and awareness tool, The Green Acreages Guide Primer. The Primer will be updated with content which was identified by partners as a necessary instalment to fulfilling landowners’ educational needs. By project end, realtors, stewards and Albertans everywhere will again have access to a key resource to assist them in sustainably managing their property for the benefit of the environment.
To date, the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance (AEEA) has made significant progress in motivating the creation of new energy efficiency programs for Alberta. These programs will lead to about $300 million of program funding over the next three years, but investments past that time are still uncertain. With this project, the AEEA proposes to work with government and stakeholders to help ensure Alberta’s new EE programs continue beyond a three year horizon and grow over time.
The AAMA is made up of ten ALUS communities, led by ALUS in partnership with municipalities. These programs are changing private land and conservation dynamics in several ways: they incentivize conservation activities on agricultural land by paying for ecosystem services; they build ownership over conservation and community support (each community forms a Partnership Advisory Committee made up of farmers, municipal officials, realtors, watershed based conservation groups, etc.); and they achieve measurable, verified conservation.
This project will research and define the scope of the Nexus issue and use water valuation principles to develop an Alberta-specific, publicly available water valuation tool and a guidance document for using the tool.
Energy efficiency is an important contributor to the future success of Alberta and the sustainability of real estate in the province. The AEEA proposes to build on its past success by continuing to work towards the creation of ongoing energy efficiency programs in the province.
Upstream, Downstream: Safeguarding Albertan headwaters, homes and wildlife habitat”, will promote responsible land-use by engaging Albertans in the 2015 North Saskatchewan Regional planning process. Recent floods clearly demonstrated that Alberta’s headwaters, which provide fresh water, diverse recreation opportunities, key wildlife habitat and important ecological services, need more careful protection.
The intent of the new Landowner’s Guide is to provide all parties with access to a common body of information about citizens’ rights in Alberta as they relate to oil and gas development. The result will be easier resolution of landowners’ issues.
The Alberta Land Trust Alliance is the umbrella organization for Alberta’s land trusts (not for profit charitable organizations that have as one of their core objectives the conservation of private land) and strives to build capacity in land trusts to conserve diverse and ecologically important landscapes in Alberta. This project will directly benefit Alberta’s land trust community (professionals such as realtors, developers, appraisers, lawyers, accountants and financial planners, landowners, land trusts and governments-all levels) by building awareness and transferring knowledge about land conservation in Alberta and by building capacity for land trusts and the ALTA which in turn, will enable Albertans to enhance the ecological quality of their communities.
Clean Calgary Association staff and volunteers will conduct home visits to 400 Calgary households during which time we will assess the “health” of the home and take immediate, hands-on action to improve the indoor air quality and reduce the amount of energy, water, and other resources used in the household. Staff and volunteers will follow up and provide resources for long-term sustained behaviour change and will calculate the impact of these cumulative actions.
Canmore residences will be canvassed and householders enlisted to adopt sustainable behaviours with regards to water use, energy efficiency, waste reduction and transportation. In 2008, AREF supported the Sustainability at Home Toolkit. A copy will be hand delivered to each Canmore resident, asking for a commitment to sustainabilty. Follow up activities will provide opportunities for participants to take further action and the results will be disseminated.
This project will build awareness about the critical linkage between land use and water resources in the southern foothills of Alberta with a long-term aim to increasing land stewardship activities. The project will result in the completion of a scientific paper on the linkage between land and water as well as a survey of opinion leaders to determine what opportunities there are to increase land stewardship activities in this critical region.
To develop a 5 part speaker series to deliver to the public and the Real Estate Industry in southern Alberta about the land use framework and the importance of conservation of parks and wildrness spaces in our province.
The Albrta Water Learning Network brings together water-focused NGO’s from across the province for a series of retreats that enhance their capabilities to meet the increasingly salient issue of water resources sustainability. The fall session will focus on building communications and marketing skills among those leading water focused nonprofits.
The Athabasca River Valley – Community Landscape Visioning Process is a citizen-led, community values mapping process to provide broad-baed public recommendations for land use in the Athabasca River Valley west of Hinton, AB.
Following the example of Albera Ecoroof Initiative in Calgary, we are proposing to establish three green roofs and evaluate possible plant species for greening in Edmonton while initiating NAIT students to green roof technology.
The ELC proposes to write and publish a “how to” guide for accessing environmental information in Alberta. This guide will become the “one stop shop” for environmental information in this province.
Development of standard protocols for baseline inventory, land monitoring, continued stewardship, communications and risk management models. Deliverables are to be available for use by other land trusts in Alberta.
Part 1: Outreach to educate landowners, realtors and consumers on maintaining the ecological and economic value of lands along streams and lakes. Part 2: Sharing short outreach podcasts from our website to reach younger and technically savvy audiences on their own schedule.
The goal of this project is to develop an agenda for private land stewardship in the Bow Valley, in and around Canmore, AB. In doing so, the project will help municipalities, businesses, land trusts, private land owners, and other organizations to find the balance between preservation of wildlife habitat and responsible land use planning for future generations.
This project will support and foster knowledge about issues around land use practises and provide conservation and environmental stewardship organizations with the tools and training to be more financially sustainable. The project will build on a similar field test currently underway in BC funded by the Real Estate Foundation of BC.
The Canadian Water Innovation Lab in Exshaw, Alberta, will bring together 250 young Canadians with key water decision-makers and stakeholders to explore solutions to water resource management problems. Participants will learn through experiential activities, tools and connections to prepare them for leadership roles in water management in the future.
Direct delivery online to the classroom of the Settlement Growth Simulator (developed with the assistance of AREF) will allow students in the Alberta Education System to explore the benefits and challenges of alternative land use scenarios and human settlement growth strategies.
A series of municipal based workshops to create community visions for the implementation of market-based instruments in at least two municipalities in southern Alberta as well as analysis of the Government of Alberta’s forthcoming conservation and stewardship policy paper.
The Southern Foothills Community Land Stewardship Initiative is a citizen-based process to develop recommendations that will provide direction to provincial, municipal and non-profit land use planning and stewardship efforts, in order to protect and enhance the integrity of the Southern Foothills landscape of SW Alberta.
Tunnel Mountain Bench Signage and Mapping Project
Pathways to Sustainability Conference 2011
Phase I of the project will collect information regarding the resource needs and assess the demand for conservation planning among municipalities and land trusts in Alberta as well as the need to address public concerns within communities.
Development of a web-based resource for landowners and their advisors regarding conservation easement programs in Alberta.
The project further advances previous studies concerning wildlife-vehicle collisions to build public consensus and government commitment to measures and techniques for responsible transportation planning. The main focus of the project is consumer education intended to increase safety and reduce collisions with wildlife.
To measurably improve individual home and individual land stewardship through EcoTeam workthop programs and associated activities and events.
Our Watershed Stewardship project protects and preserves the ecological integrity of the fish Creek Watershed by monitoring and assessing the creek water and selected wildlife, mobilizing volunteers in activities that will protect the aquatic ecosystem and reporting the results to those who can improve policies and management strategies. We are looking for support for Phase two of the Watershed Public Awareness campaign that will engage communities to act and ensure that the water in Fish Creek is safe, clean, sufficient and able to sustain Fish Creek Park for future generations to enjoy.
The Green Acreages Guide summary book provides a concise overview of the sustainability issues related to rural residential and recreational property ownership in Alberta. It includes management options, resources, and agencies landowners can consult for further information. The summary booklet is a complimentary piece to the Green Acreages Guide workbook, a comprehensive
introduction to sustainability in a rural residential context.
Energy efficiency is well regarded as the most cost effective way to reduce GHG emissions and improve energy sustainability. This project will pilot and demonstrate the feasibility of a program to support building owners in identifying, financing and undertaking energy efficiency upgrades. This will create significant energy savings, increase the value and quality of real estate, create jobs and reduce environmental impact.
The ALCES Group wishes to complete a series of free education-focused analyses and projects that relate directly to the objectives of the AREF. The projects are direct extensions of previous work completed by the ALCES Group for AREF and as such offer continuity of purpose to help Albertans understand the importance and challenges associated with urban design within a matrix of rapidly growing land use.
Construction of a research facility around the use and management of treatment wetlands in urban residential and industrial settings. Several naming opportunities are available.
Communication of the recently completed State of the Watershed Report Phase 2 through public participation events in Hinton, Athabasca, Conklin and Fort MacMurray. the public participation events will be carried out by a professional facilitator and the proceedings of the events will be recorded, analyzed, compiled into a report and the participants will be provided feedback.
Engagement of community partners to address systemic challenges of a sustainable and prosperous Edmonton and follows upon Phase I in which the groundwork for future collaboration were set. In this phase a series of projects will be launched that help the community address sustainability and prosperity as well as build on the City’s key strategic plans, The Way We Green and The Way We Prosper.
The purpose of the SCI Energy Lab is to accelerate the transformation towards sustainable energy development by supporting the “next wave” of cities that have an interest in learning from leading cities and sufficient capacity to act on what they learn.
Residents of Waterton Biosphere Reserve (WBR) have been working together for more than 30 years to balance biodiversity conservation with sustainable use of the land in southwestern Alberta. A strong local constituency, with shared ideas and motivation for collaborative action is what makes biosphere reserves unique and will ensure the long term success and survival of WBR and the benefits that it brings to the citizens of southwestern Alberta. This project will work to build that constituency for conservation and sustainability.
Alberta’s Grasslands, home to more than half our province’s residents, is a place rich in culture, heritage, and natural beauty; however, multiple human demands on this landscape also make grasslands home to more than 75% of the province’s endangered wildlife species. For over 20 years, Operation Grassland Community has sought win-win solutions to balance these multi-stakeholder demands. This year, Operation Grassland Community will bridge urban-rural disconnect through an innovative video-documentary outreach initiative called the “Conservation Caravan”, and we will work directly with a “Steering Forum” of rural stakeholders to implement innovative sustainable land management projects as an active demonstration of steps we can take to achieve balance in the region’s economic and ecological needs.
The goal of this grant is to work with decision support specialists and CREB® to (i) create a web-enabled home energy-efficiency dashboard (HEED) that provides long-term evidence of a home’s energy performance and energy investment information – based on unique HEAT Scores™ and HEAT Maps™ (derived from airborne thermal images of Calgary homes), and monthly energy consumption data – that is easy to use, secure and transferable (between seller and buyer); and (ii) evaluate HEED’s ability to support green real-estate sales in Calgary.
The Community Gardens Resource Network builds and strengthens community gardening through education, community connections and creating a network of resources.
Fish Creek Provincial Park provides a valuable recreational and natural resource that, with appropriate stewardship, will continue to serve Calgary families and support local real estate values far into the future. By leveraging skilled staff and volunteers to provide outreach activities, hands on stewardship and social enterprise a core of informed park users will be supported by a stable nonprofit society. Supportive actions and attitudes of our neighbours and sustainable use will ensure a vibrant healthy park to be enjoyed by future generations whilst adding value to surrounding properties.
Targeted workshops to real estate professionals, developers and planners, combined with broader outreach to the community, will educate and help maintain and support environmental stewardship of both riparian and uplands. Sharing stewardship success stories and low impact development techniques will give these audiences both motivation and practical knowledge that they can apply.
Without proper planning, Southern Alberta could lose the values that attract people from all over the world to live and work here. The Alberta government is currently preparing a new land use plan for Southern Alberta. Y2Y will work to ensure plan provides protection from floods and drought while preserving the scenery and recreational opportunities that contribute to real estate values.
Advancing a Groundwater Policy for Alberta will build upon our previous organizational successes and experience, and offers an opportunity to commence an open, high-level conversation on groundwater policy and management in Alberta. Results of these discussions will be presented in a comprehensive research report, to promote and inform development of a provincial groundwater policy and assist future governmental planning. To enhance this project’s impact, we will maximize communication of the options and solutions we develop by pursuing a communications plan that directs audience-specific materials to government policy-writers and decision-makers, the public, and major real estate associations in Alberta.
The project integrates and implements the recommendations identified in the 2009 Lac la Biche Watershed Management Plan. Through better understanding Lac la Biche’s ecology and how people relate to it socially and economically, we can improve lake and land use decision-making through a collaborative lake management planning strategy. Healthy watersheds are important to healthy communities.
Traversing Terrain and Experience: The Atlas of the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds tells a story of place. It serves as a tool to connect people to place by exploring the connections between landscape and experience throughout the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds of Alberta. The accompanying innovative and interactive Educator’s Guide provides teachers with an in-depth curriculum-connected series of lessons and activities to seamlessly fit into their classroom, making their students’ learning local and relevant.
Beyond Market-Based Land Values – Using a Long-term, Cumulative Effects Modelling Exercise to Measure Ecological Values of Sustainable Ranching
“Buy land, they’re not making it any more.” ~ Mark Twain Mr. Twain’s sparse words, as usual, speak volumes, and bring immediately to mind what we value about land – our finite vistas, natural habitats, and open spaces; however, this finite resource also provides other essential values that are only more recently drawing our attention: the complex suite of ecosystem services that sustain life. Certainly in Alberta’s predominantly agricultural prairie region, land values are beginning to reflect these services (e.g., environmentally well-managed ranches are often more highly assessed); but, in order to more accurately and inclusively reflect the full suite of land values we need to a.) Measure these values (and thus, bring greater clarity to defining “well managed”), and b.) Use these measures to guide future management. Through a broad-scale cumulative effects modelling exercise in a largely rural agricultural (ranch/farm) area of southern Alberta, we will provide first steps to finding answers to these questions and the solutions to moving forward – the value of our land leaves us no choice.
Western Sky’s Bow & Beyond – Moving Upstream Is a focused landowner outreach and conservation program designed to engage all landowners along the Bow & Elbow Rivers upstream from Calgary to the national and provincial parks. The ultimate goal of this outreach Is that It wlll lead to the conservation of 3000 acres of riverfront land In perpetuity, which contributes to the sustainability and integrity of the Bow watershed, provides intrinsic environmental and economic benefits as well as community resiliency.
This two yearlong initiative will give approximately 250 landowners knowledge and options to voluntary conserve their land in perpetuity, which in turn protects vital riparian land and important river corridors, contributing to the vitality and biodiversity of the region.
This project is phase one of a project exploring best practices for recreation in Alberta. Phase one aim to understand Albertans’ views of nature and recreation and outdoor recreational activities. This project will be used to inform land use planning in Alberta such that the views and needs of all Albertans are used in achieving sustainable recreation and conservation planning.
The average person puts 340 litres of sewage through a private sewage system (septic system) every day. For a family of four living in a two-bedroom house, that amounts to 1,360 litres per day and just under half a million litres per year. The last Alberta census shows that rural residential landowners represent 14% of Alberta’s population. The decisions of those acreage owners about how to manage and maintain their septic systems have the potential to have a significant cumulative effect on the Alberta landscape.
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