Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association

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 Fish & Game Association – Operation Grassland Community Program

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.

University of Calgary – Faculty of Geography

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.

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society

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.

Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (Cows & Fish)

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.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)

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.

Water Matters

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.