Meet Alberta Ecotrust Foundation’s Spring 2019 Environmental Grant Recipients
Together, with their Visionary Partners, Alberta Ecotrust granted $300,000 to 14 environmental projects across the province, including the RCA’s Circular Cities project! Check out the 2019 Spring grant recipients:
A JOURNEY TOWARDS RECONCILIATION BY SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Oldman Watershed Council (OWC)
The OWC will undertake a project that will provide critical environmental quality data to two First Nations in the Oldman watershed, while also building relationships that will start their community on a path of reconciliation.
ALBERTA NARRATIVES PROJECT PHASE II: APPLYING CLIMATE & ENERGY NARRATIVES IN ALBERTA
Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research & Education
Phase II will build on the success of the Alberta Narratives Project by enabling more concrete solutions; enhancing collaboration between industry and environmental nonprofits; and, maximizing the benefits of the work.
Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA)
The RCA’s Circular Cities project will significantly increase cities’ awareness and understanding of waste reduction, resource conservation and climate change in Alberta. Cities engaged throughout the project and those that tackle circular economy implementation at the end of the project will have increased knowledge on the current impacts of our traditional linear economy and potential mitigating initiatives.
ELBOW RIVER STATE OF THE WATERSHED REPORT
Bow River Basin Council
The State of the Watershed process and completed report will re-establish and strengthen relationships across the watershed and reinvigorate the Elbow River Watershed Partnership to guide decisions made by stewards of the water and land, including First Nations, government agencies, communities, organizations, industry, and individuals.
GUARDIANS OF THE ICE: CLIMATE CHANGE & THE COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Alberta Tomorrow Foundation
Alberta Tomorrow has the opportunity to collaborate with the Guardians of the Ice team to acquire film footage and photography that will make a visually compelling case for how climate change is causing the deglaciation of the Columbia Icefield, and demonstrate the impacts throughout the watersheds fed by the Icefield.
NOSE CREEK WATERSHED HYDROLOGIC/HYDRAULIC AND WATER QUALITY MODEL TOOL
Bow River Basin Council with the Nose Creek Watershed Partnership (NCWP)
The NCWP will hire a consultant to gather and compile data, and create the framework to guide the development of the model. The model will support the protection and restoration of streamflows, water quality, riparian areas and wetlands in the watershed.
PREVENTING FOOD WASTE IN LANDFILL
Leftovers’ objective is to dramatically reduce the amount of food waste disposed of in landfills, the associated GHG while reducing the financial costs of managing food waste for local governments.
Green Learning Canada Foundation
Beyond the benefits to youth, Re-Energy aims to have a direct impact on GHG emissions and energy conservation. By normalizing energy efficient behaviours and low carbon choices, Re-Energy aims to create a generation of Energy Managers and consumers that contribute directly to a low carbon future.
SURFACE WATER FLOW MODELLING OF MURIEL LAKE BASIN
Muriel Lake Basin Management Society (MLBMS)
The MLBMS has begun studying drainage within the Muriel Lake basin and has identified locations where culverts or roads are impeding flow to the lake. The MLBMS requires a scientific tool to identify and quantify these effects.
ENGAGING ALBERTANS ON FORESTS
Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society – Southern Alberta
The goal of this project is to improve the management of Alberta’s forests, especially in the headwaters region of Alberta. With improved forest management, Albertans can be more successful in conserving the natural and recreational value of Southern Alberta’s forests. This requires a common understanding and vision of forest management that prioritizes ecosystem and community objectives.
EXPLORING WATER SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH CHILDREN’S THEATRE
Evergreen Theatre Society
Evergreen’s next installment in the series, The Wicked Witch of the Wetlands will be a water-inspired adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. The play will introduce youth, educators, their families, and the wider community to issues and perspectives connected to water conservation. Audiences will learn practical solutions to water protection using familiar elements of The Wizard of Oz narrative.
MOOSE LAKE WATER QUALITY MONITORING
Lakeland Agricultural Research Association with the Moose Lake Watershed Society
The Moose Lake watershed is agricultural based with several large feedlots and grain operations. In recent years it has been subject to extremely high water levels, along with very severe blooms of cyanobacteria. The residents and users of the lake are calling for action, having over 1600 signatures on a petition for better lake management.
RARE VASCULAR PLANTS OF ALBERTA 2ND EDITION: SPECIES DESCRIPTION REVIEW
The book, Rare Vascular Plants of Alberta has been an invaluable resource to educate and identify the approximately 450 rare plant species tracked in Alberta but it is now out of print. Approximately 150 new rare species have also been added to the list since the first publication.
STREAM REHABILITATION TRAINING PROGRAM
Trout Unlimited Canada
This program is intended to build more capacity for local groups and communities to undertake local stream rehabilitation projects that are better designed, more strategic and more likely to be successful in the face of challenges with damaged streams and their associated watersheds.
Source: Alberta Ecotrust Foundation