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MEET OUR SPRING 2020 ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT RECIPIENTS

Together, with our Visionary Partners, we had the honour and privilege to grant nearly $300,000 to 14 environmental projects across the province! Check out our 2020 Spring grant recipients, and be sure to click through their profiles to learn more about the people and organizations behind these projects:

 

Community Grants

CABIN Athabasca Watershed Collaborative
Athabasca Watershed Council
The Athabasca Watershed Council is launching a 3-year community based monitoring program in collaboration with the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network Eastern Slopes Collaborative to assess local community needs, share expertise and resources required in the Athabasca Watershed.

Energy Education and Climate Action Project
Alberta Council for Environmental Education in partnership with Green Learning Canada
The Alberta Council for Environmental Education and GreenLearning Canada will work with the Grande Prairie Public School Division to utilize circuit level energy metering technology to help make learning about energy meaningful for students.

Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears: Climate Literacy for Kids Through Musical Theatre
Evergreen Theatre Society
Evergreen Theatre’s environmental twist on the classic “Goldilocks” fairy tale will promote climate literacy for young audiences through the compelling lens of musical theatre.

Rocky Mountain Eastern Slopes Biomonitoring Project
Living Lakes Canada
Alberta’s Eastern Slopes form part of the headwaters of two of Canada’s major watersheds. Increased land-use is having an impact on water quality and aquatic ecosystems. There is a need for more monitoring to establish both baseline conditions, and to measure change.

Watershed Monitoring Project
Ghost Watershed Alliance Society
The Ghost Watershed Alliance Society is actively working towards closing information and data gaps that exist within the watershed.

 

Major Projects

Calgary Climate Conversations Project
Alberta Council for Environmental Education in partnership with the Calgary Climate Hub
Conversing about climate change is critical to promoting immediate action on this crisis. Plans for recovery and stimulus funding post-COVID-19 make it even more important to involve Calgarians in dialogue about climate.

Exploring Emerging Economic Opportunities with Local Stakeholders in Southwestern Alberta
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
As Alberta communities grapple with becoming more sustainable, Y2Y will examine how nature-based recreation can be an economic driver by evaluating socio-economic factors before and after the Castle Parks’ creation, and producing a comprehensive report for future action.

Moose Lake Phosphorous Education & Nutrient Budget
Lakeland Agricultural Research Association in partnership with the Moose Lake Watershed Society
We are all citizens of watersheds, and through knowledge and collective individual actions we can start to improve water quality in Moose Lake.

Numbers for Natural Resilience: A Database to Track Privately Conserved Land in Alberta
Miistakis Institute
The Miistakis Institute believes that Alberta needs a comprehensive database of private land conservation, one that is designed and overseen by the holders of that data – Alberta’s private land conservation community.

Piikani Nation School Greenhouse
The Resilience Institute in partnership with the Piikani Nation
The Resilience Institute and the Piikani Nation are partnering on a multi-year building capacity for resilience to climate impacts initiative.

Protect Alberta’s Parks
Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society Northern Alberta
CPAWS Northern Alberta will mobilize the public and partners to oppose these changes. Albertans love parks, and through this work we will further enable them to stand up for them and prevent the degradation of the parks system.

Restoring Saokio with Blackfoot Ecological Knowledge
Blood Tribe Land Management
With increasing disturbance and loss of native prairie in Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot territory), this project is critical to the well-being of the Niitsitapi (Kainai community) in relation to native grassland ecosystem health where traditional and ecological keystone species are negatively impacted or lost.

Travel Alberta Without Leaving Your Seat
Alberta Tomorrow
Alberta Tomorrow is developing 360 Virtual Field Trips of Alberta’s Natural Ecoregions and accompanying teacher materials that will be embedded within their landuse simulation software.

The Wildlife Ambassadors: Co-designing Conservation with Community Members. Part 1: Coexistence Messages
Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley
The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley will work side-by-side (literally or via Zoom meeting!) with community Wildlife Ambassadors to develop tailored communications messages for key target audiences, with a specific focus on trail users, about the role that their behavior plays in wildlife conservation.

 

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