18 September 2014
Hon. Grant Mitchell: Honourable senators, today I would like to talk about a remarkable organization dedicated to developing innovative and sustainable environmental practices.
The goal of the Alberta Emerald Foundation, which is based in a province rich in natural resources, is to raise public awareness of new technologies, promote environmental best practices and support research in the energy sector.
Sponsored by companies such as Enbridge and Shell, the foundation hands out awards and subsidies to companies, non- profits and governments. The foundation seeks to lead by example. It celebrates the determination of energy and environment sector stakeholders in the hope of inspiring other companies to make environmental innovation the norm.
The Alberta Emerald Foundation organizes community events called "Emerald Day," which to date have been held in Red Deer, Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray. The Foundation showcases success stories from across the province, thereby raising community awareness of the importance of energy and environmental sustainability.
The Alberta Emerald Foundation also created a youth grant program. Thanks to ConocoPhillips Canada, the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation and Newalta, young people can apply for grants of up to $400 to fund various initiatives, such as inviting guest speakers, organizing field trips and obtaining environmentally friendly supplies.
Like the Alberta Emerald Foundation, we should all look for ways to raise our expectations regarding environmental oversight in this country.
Some Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!
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