Together: Creating the Future We Want in the Environment We Need
Since 1992, Alberta Ecotrust has invested more than $7 million in the people and projects that are helping make Alberta a stronger, more sustainable place to live, work and play.
Twice a year, our partners on the Grant Review Committee meet to discuss, deliberate, and ultimately fund important environmental projects across Alberta. Composed of representatives of our corporate partners, and members of the Alberta environmental non-profit community, the review committee faces a daunting task.
This fall, the Alberta Ecotrust Grant Review Commitee was tasked with narrowing the selections down to nine. Almost every proposal is strong in its own right, and selecting the grants with the greatest opportunity for impact is both rewarding and challenging.
Without further adieu, let us introduce our Fall Grantees. More...
What is the value of an Ecotrust grant?
In the short term, even the smallest of grants can create the opportunity for change. In the long term, it may change entire communities and how we interact with the environment around us.
"Beginning in 2004, we wanted to start compiling data of wildlife collisions along Highway 3 by utilizing citizen science combined with online mapping," says Danah Duke, Executive Director at Miistakis Institute. "It is often very difficult to find funders who will take a risk, but Ecotrust fills a unique niche - they will frequently be the first funder in - creating opportunities to get projects off the ground and leverage additional funding."
Six Ecotrust grants, $107,000, and nine years later the entire landscape has changed along the Highway 3 corridor in Crowsnest Pass.
Road Watch in the Pass became the robust citizen science project that Miistakis originally envisioned, and has completely transitioned to a community led and organized program. More...
There are several 'universals' to everyone's morning routine. Get dressed, brush your teeth, shower (most days), and grab a cup of coffee to start the day. For many of us, the desire for a delicious, rich, and lovingly roasted java inevitably leads us to Timmy's, Starbucks or the local cafe in the morning to get a much needed shot of coffee love.
We are usually on the move when we grab a coffee, and take our beverage with us in a go-cup as we head on our merry way. Unfortunately, our affection for coffee, and the inevitable accumulation of paper cups, comes with a cost. Paper coffee cups are almost always lined with a non-compostable plastic liner that can't be recycled in Alberta. This means that all paper coffee cups in Alberta end up in the landfill, even if you send them with good intentions to the recycling bin.
So how many coffee cups end up in the landfill in Calgary? 170,000 a day. More...
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