Alberta Ecotrust's 5th Annual Environmental Gathering is going virtual!

The world around us is changing rapidly with new opportunities to imagine ways forward that are better than normal.  Our shared goals and the connections they foster are more important than ever.  Join fellow environmental champions to consider new perspectives and develop skills to adapt how we work towards positive environmental change in this unprecedented time. 

Add skills to your tool kit, reconnect with your peers, and learn with experts as we boldly navigate Alberta’s environmental future together.

Join us online this September through December in a series of four different program pathways!

Cultivating Wellness

How are you taking care of yourself and your community? The Cultivating Wellness sessions ask us to slow down, step back, breath in and find connection in order to find new energy for ourselves, our communities, and our work.

Learning Boldly

Get ready to dive deep! Learning Boldly takes courage, commitment, and even a bit of homework. The Learning Boldy sessions are expert-led, and take place in bite size pieces over the course of a month. You can expect to strengthen relationships, deepen conversation, and perhaps even collaborate with other participants.

Idea Talks

Big thinkers bring you big ideas in 90-minutes! The Idea Talks sessions include keynotes, panel discussions, Q&A, and breakout groups for a dynamic ‘in plenary’ experience.

Tool Kit Talks

There’s plenty to make sense of this year, and we all need to build skills to do so. The Tool Kit Talks will build skills and capacity, just like our in-person workshops.

Schedule

We’re excited to offer you an a la carte event experience in a series of four different program pathways throughout Fall 2020. We welcome you to register for one, two, or as many of the events as your schedule can accommodate. Events are offered on a sliding fee scale to make participation as accessible to you as possible.

Please note, registration closes 36 hours in advance of each event. We hope this gives you enough time to decide if an event works with your schedule. Please be advised that due to the nature of the 2020 Environmental Gathering events this year, we are unable to offer ticket refunds.

Nourishment

Saturday, October 3
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Start your day right! Join Calgary based Chef Roni Zaide of Roni’s Kitchen for an online cooking class and learn how to make international vegan brunch classics featuring local ingredients. Learn to make shakshuka, hummus with spiced mushrooms and Mediterranean chopped salad. A new way for us to share a meal (and a mimosa) together at the Environmental Gathering!

Capacity is limited. An ingredient and equipment list will be provided in advance of the session.

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Get Creative

Wednesday, November 4
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

The environmental sector can be quite creative! But how are your peers using creative pursuits to regenerate themselves and inspire their work? Connect with your peers in a facilitated discussion about what inspires us and informs how we do our work more creatively!

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Sustaining Ourselves

Thursday, December 10
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

The environmental space can put a lot of pressure on the people who are doing the work to create a more sustainable world with resources that can feel very scarce. How do we take care of ourselves and our community to keep our energy up in the long term and address the issue of burn out. Join a facilitated peer conversation to share resources and perspectives about how we create a sector that promotes the sustainability of its people.

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Effective Climate Strategy in Complex Systems

In Alberta’s environmental sector climate change is the most significant complex challenge faced by nonprofits, industry, government and communities, requiring new strategies to meet the challenge.

In this exciting deep dive into complexity and climate challenges, participants are introduced to a practical approach to understanding, designing and operationalizing effective climate strategy for the current times. Led by Zaid Hassan, this approach is rooted in two decades of experience working in complex systems.

In May 1992, at the first Earth Summit, the global CO2 level was 359.99 ppm. Today, concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere have risen to 412 ppm despite our best efforts. So, what does effective climate strategy look like in 2020? This module introduces a practice for effective climate strategy.

Participants are expected to participate in all four of these sessions:

  • Session 1: Effective Strategy in Complex Systems – Monday October 5 from 10:00 to 11:30 am
  • Session 2: The Elements of Effective Climate Strategy – Thursday October 8 from 10:00 to 11:30 am
  • Session 3: Designing Effective Climate Strategy – Tuesday October 13 from 10:00 to 11:30 am
  • Session 4: Operationalizing Effective Climate Strategy – Thursday October 15 from 10:00 to 11:30 am

Please select all four sessions in order to complete your registration. The ticket price reflects your registration for all four sessions.

Capacity is limited for this series.

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Transforming Inclusion from the Inside Out

Led by Calgary-based facilitator syma habib, this three session Learning Boldly series will explore diversity and equity in the environmental sphere. By the end of the series, participants will have explored their inner landscapes, community landscapes and systemic landscapes to develop a more thorough understanding of what it might mean to make the environmental sector a space for everyone.

Participants will be expected to participate in all three of these sessions:

  • Session 1: Thursday, November 19 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Session 2: Thursday, November 26 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Session 3: Thursday, December 3 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Please select all three sessions in order to complete your registration. The ticket price reflects your registration for all three sessions. Capacity is limited for this series.

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CitiesIPCC: Communities & Climate Change

Wednesday, September 23
11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Join researchers from the City of Edmonton’s CitiesIPCC Legacy Research Grant Program to learn how changes in the daily life of our communities can help lessen the impact of climate change.

This Idea Talk features:

  • Shelby Yamamoto from University of Alberta with their project, Climate Change, Older Adults & Immigrants: Exploring Community Vulnerability & Resilience
  • Vincent Morales from the Pembina Institute with their project, Urban Transport Partnerships: Last Mile Solutions & Electrification

Thank you to The City of Edmonton Change for Climate for supporting this research and this session.

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CitiesIPCC: Modelling Climate Change

Thursday, October 1
11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Join researchers from the City of Edmonton’s CitiesIPCC Legacy Research Grant Program to learn about different ways scientists are modelling climate change scenarios.

This Idea Talk features:

Thank you to The City of Edmonton Change for Climate for supporting this research and this session.

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Media Relations

Tuesday, October 20
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

In this Tool Kit Talk, former journalists turned communications professionals Annalise Klingbeil and Alex Middleton of Champion Communications & PR will lead us through a workshop to better understand the media, build relationships with journalists, and deliver effective interviews.

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Government Relations

Tuesday, October 27
10:00 am to 11:30 am

In this Tool Kit Talk, Counsel Public Affairs will lead us through a workshop to develop strategies and skills to build relationships with different levels of government and engage with decision makers about the environmental challenges facing Albertans.

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Video Production

Tuesday, November 10
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

In this Tool Kit Talk, Brett Connors and Brett Ferster of The Light Factory will lead us through a workshop to better understand the basics of video production. The Bretts will cover pre-planning, shot listing, general camera operation and tips, including phone cameras, and video techniques. And lastly, simple editing, and how to export and share your work.

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Navigating the Future

Tuesday, December 1
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Learn about the impact of Alberta’s environmental nonprofit sector and how organizations are meeting the challenges and opportunities ahead! Join us we preview the results of Alberta Ecotrust’s Navigating the Future sector survey.

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Frequently Asked Questions

These events are live on Zoom! We encourage people to be present and participate in these interactive sessions. Sessions may or may not be recorded.

Registered participants will receive the Zoom link and session material (where applicable) directly to their inbox 24 hours before the event starts.

Due to the nature of the 2020 Environmental Gathering events this year, we are unable to offer ticket refunds. Registration closes 36 hours in advance of the event. We hope this gives you enough time to decide if this event works with your schedule.

We endeavoured to make the 2020 Environmental Gathering events as accessible as possible with a sliding fee scale. If you may need bursary support to attend one of the events, please contact us at [email protected].

Due to the nature of the 2020 Environmental Gathering events this year, we are unable to offer ticket transfers.

Alberta Ecotrust uses photographs and videos of our events in our promotional materials on our website and social media channels. By virtue of your attendance at the 2020 Environmental Gathering sessions, all event participants agree to the use of their likeness in these materials.

The 2020 Environmental Gathering is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, or religion. Alberta Ecotrust does not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. At the sole discretion of Alberta Ecotrust, and without a ticket refund, we receive the right to expel from the event, anyone that we determine is violating the Code of Conduct and/or behaving in a manner that could be disruptive to the event or any other event participant.

Alberta Ecotrust and the 2020 Environmental Gathering will not accept liability for damages of any nature sustained by attendees or accompanying persons, or loss of, or damage to their personal property as a result of the 2020 Environmental Gathering or related event.

Ambassador Committee

The Ambassador Committee lends their time, passion, and expertise to help shape the programming. We can’t express our gratitude enough to this incredible committee! Look for them throughout the sessions.

Not pictured: Heather Wheeliker City of Edmonton, Stephanie Rozak Suncor, Tanya Doran Stantec, and Willow Carriere Vida Events.

Contact Us

Have a question about the Environmental Gathering? Contact us at [email protected].

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Our Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities for the Environmental Gathering are available. There are a number of ways you and your organization can be involved. The Environmental Gathering would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you!

If you would like more information about sponsoring this event please contact Vicki at [email protected].