Government of Alberta

Albertans Celebrate Environment Week

May 31 - June 6, 2009

Environment Week celebrates Alberta's environment. It is a great time to learn more about what you can do to help preserve and protect our environment. Your action counts! Participating in local Environment Week events is a great way to discover easy things you can do for the environment. The choices you make - big and small - really do make a difference.

Find a Green Stop Near You

Celebrate by visiting a Green Stop in your community. What's a Green Stop? They are Environment Week events organized by local organizations and community groups designed to educate, empower and engage community members. It can be things like walks, talks, a clean up, hands on experiences with nature or displays.

Need ideas for Green Stops? Have a look at the 2008 Environment Week Green Stops. Click on any of the green spots on the map and discover how these communities celebrated their local environment.

Green Stops are guaranteed to be informative and fun! Most of them are free. Join in; who can resist a celebration?

Green Stop registration is now closed.
2009 Green Stops are here.

Tips for Promoting your Green Stop.


There’s a Lot to Celebrate May 31 - June 6, 2009 in Canada

Canadians celebrate Environment Week

Environment Week activities and events are carried out across the country. Check out the Community Action Board and see what other Canadian communities are doing.

Wednesday Clean Air Day

Clean Air Day is a celebration of environmentally-friendly activities that promote clean air and good health across Canada . It's a great opportunity to make environmentally-friendly lifestyle choices, and you can make your commitment to improving air quality by participating in activities organized in your community.

May 31st to June 6th Commuter Challenge

Commuter Challenge is a national program that aims to increase the awareness of the benefits of sustainable commuting and to encourage Canadians to take action by walking, cycling, taking transit, carpooling or tele-working instead of driving alone to get to work.

June 5 World Environment Day

World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

June 5 Alberta Water Quality Awareness (AWQA) Day

Alberta Water Quality Awareness (AWQA) Day, always celebrated June 5, is a province-wide program focused on increasing people's awareness and understanding of water quality and watershed health, through hands-on water quality testing.

One Simple Act

Commit to One Simple Act and do your part to reduce waste, conserve water and reduce energy consumption.



Did you Know?
Environment Week has been celebrated in Alberta since 1972, which is the year the Government of Canada signed the UN Declaration of World Environment Day, June 5.

History of Environment Week in Canada
The idea for Environment Week emerged in 1970, when former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker (PM from 1957-1963) noted the “tremendous energy, enthusiasm and initiative” of young people concerned about pollution. Diefenbaker approached the House of Commons with the concept of setting one week a year aside to focus on environmental issues. Later that same year, Tom Goode, a Member of Parliament from British Columbia, pursued Diefenbaker’s idea by introducing a bill to designate a “Canadian National Pollution Awareness Week”. The bill was passed by the House based on considerable support from the public and all political parties. Royal Assent was given in March 1971. To draw attention to all aspects of a healthy environment, the name “Canadian National Environment Week” was chosen.
Source: Environment Canada


Environment Week 2009 - Your Action Counts!

Land: Connect, Protect, Conserve

Great Information

Look Around... Get Inspired
Tools You Can Use
Who’s Who in the Watersheds
Interesting Water Sites
Interactive for Kids
Opportunities for Youth
10 Ways Alberta Schools Can Participate


Green Stop (only) Logo – English
Green Stop Logo with Environment Week – English
Arrête Vert – Français
Semaine de l’environment – Français
Arrête Vert et Semaine de l’environment - Français
Green Stop Poster (blank promotional poster 11” x 17”)

Download the Environment Week 2009 Poster:

Click here to download (1.97 MB)

Check out previous Environment Weeks: 2008, 2007, 2006

Contact: for more information.

Phone: (780) 427-2700 (toll free by first dialing 310-0000)
Hours of operation: Weekdays, 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.