Recognizing and Celebrating Alberta’s Eco-Heroes

Presenting the recipients of the 26th annual Emerald Awards

Unique in Canada, the Emerald Awards showcase outstanding environmental achievements of large and small businesses, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups, youth, and governments.

Here are two of our featured monthly recipients:

Gary Fredrich-Dunne, Regional Sales Manager, Bullfrog Power

Bullfrog Power

The forward-thinkers behind Bullfrog Power have long realized that consumers are becoming more interested and invested in environmentally friendly energy options. Bullfrog Power customers receive their energy from renewable options, including wind and low-impact hydro sources and a natural gas product the company pioneered to replace fossil fuels.

When homes or businesses sign up for Bullfrog Power’s green electricity or green natural gas, the company injects green energy into the respective system to match the amount of conventional electricity or natural gas the customer purchases.

With the support of its customers, Bullfrog is funding new, renewable energy projects across Canada. To date, Bullfrog Power customers have supported over 70 new green initiatives and have displaced the equivalent of 1.3 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — the equivalent of taking 274,000 cars off the road for one year or planting 33 million seedlings and allowing them to absorb carbon dioxide for 10 years.

Many environmental non-governmental organizations and non-profits have purchased Bullfrog Power energy for their premises, including World Wildlife Federation Canada, David Suzuki Foundation, and the Pembina Institute.

Mortimer Capriles, Director, Sustainability, Canada’s Western Mountain Region, Fairmont Hotels

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

When guests of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (FCLL) take in the pristine natural beauty of the world-famous Banff National Park, they can enjoy it knowing that the 552-room hotel is spearheading initiatives to reduce its environmental impact.

These initiatives include an extensive recycling program of everything from electronics to tires to mattresses, recycling kitchen grease into biodiesel, purchasing 50 per cent of its electricity from green sources, providing guests with reusable water bottles and infrastructure and amenities to reduce food and water waste.

FCLL also donates gently used amenities to the Clean the World program, which then distributes them to homeless shelters, senior citizens, and families in need across Canada.

The results of these initiatives are just as awe-inspiring as the nearby mountains: 355 tons of waste diverted from landfills in 2016 and electrical consumption decreased by four per cent between 2014 and 2016.

By celebrating environmental excellence, the Alberta Emerald Foundation hopes to raise awareness of improvement in these areas while inspiring positive involvement in the protection of our environment.

Learn more about the foundation or submit a nomination at emeraldfoundation.ca.