The award recognizes excellence in the application of engineering, geological and geophysical methods towards preservation of the environment and the practice of sustainable development.

The award is intended to have a broad scope, open to a wide range of projects, achievements, initiatives and activities contributing to the preservation of the environment. Activities that might be considered suitable for nomination include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual or group contributions to environmental awareness, preservation and reclamation through education, leadership and/or involvement
  • Processes, products or systems that constitute an advance in environmental preservation over existing systems, such as emission reduction or other waste reduction systems
  • Projects that exemplify the principles of sustainable development with associated regard for the environment
  • Projects that result in the preservation or restoration of the natural environment

The award may be made:

  • To an individual, for his/her contribution towards the goals of the award. The individual must be a member of APEGGA
  • To a group of individuals, for their contribution towards the goals of the award. All individuals in the group must be members of APEGGA. However, groups lead by an APEGGA member/s may also be considered for the award
  • To a project, in recognition of its contribution to the goals of the award. The project must have been completed, or have reached a significant degree of completion in the award year, and the project leader or company responsible for the project must be a member of APEGGA. Projects within Alberta will be given priority, but projects located outside of Alberta may be considered, in which case they must include a significant professional contribution from APEGGA members.


Definitions as per APEGGA Environmental Guideline:

Environment: Means the components of the earth and includes:
i) Air, land and water
ii) all layers of the atmosphere
iii) all organic and inorganic matter and living organisms, and
iv) the interacting natural systems that include components referred to in subclauses (i) and (iii).

Sustainable development: means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs through the application of integrated planning and the combination of environmental and economic decision-making processes.

Project Description and Systemic Issues: A description of the project and associated environmental issues, for example: How long the project has been going? What is the end point? What is the total impact to the environment? Will it be/has it been successful over the longer term? What is the impact of energy or raw materials usage in the project? What is the systemic benefit? For example, the end product may not harm the environment but the creation of it will, and vice versa. Maximum 20 points.

Environmental Impact: benefits to the preservation of the environment.
Maximum 20 points.

Application of Professional Skills: application of engineering, geological or geophysical principles to the highest standards and results towards the goals of the award. Maximum 20 points.

Project Location: highest marks for an Alberta location or for another Canadian location, lower marks for export locations. Maximum 10 points.

The project will be evaluated out of a maximum of 70 points and each area of evaluation should be commented on separately.


The leading theme is excellence in the application of professional skills by Albertans in the preservation of the environment.

An additional theme in the first years of the award is the recognition of achievement in support of APEGGA's Statement on Climate Change, approved by the APEGGA Council at it's April 22, 1999 meeting.

APEGGA's professional membership represents a broad spectrum of individual positions on climate change. APEGGA remains neutral with respect to specific climate change targets. APEGGA does not favour any specific sector's position.

However, in response to the climate change issue, APEGGA does support:

1) the efficient and responsible use of our energy and natural resources
2) continuing dialogue to facilitate understanding among APEGGA members and with the broader public
3) ongoing awareness of, and due regard for, linkages between climate change and other environmental concerns. APEGGA's Environmental Guideline provides further guidance to its members
4) continuing research to develop cost-effective and socially acceptable technologies to address climate change concerns
5) key business and individual consumer actions to improve energy efficiency as identified in Alberta's Strategy for Action on Climate Change.


Complete the nomination form in full and attach documents describing the nominee(s)/project and its achievements which, in the opinion of the nominator, qualify the nominee(s)/project for the award, together with such supporting evidence as they may wish the Honours and Awards Committee to consider.

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