The focus of our volunteer efforts

When Two Worlds Collide

A documentary film released by CEAC

When Two Worlds Collide highlights the loss and subsequent salvage of the Robinson Wetland. It shares how a vital natural resource would have been lost due to the expansion of the town and land development activities, were it not for a few dedicated individuals who worked very hard to preserve these wetlands.

Supporting environmental action and protection in Cochrane since 1989

The Cochrane Farmers' Market and Branches and Banks are CEAC's most widely recognized initiatives.

Cochrane Farmers' Market

CEAC sponsors and operates the Cochrane Farmers’ Market. Run entirely by CEAC volunteers, four types of markets are organized throughout the year. All proceeds are used to support CEAC in its efforts to make Cochrane more environmentally aware and active.

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Branches & Banks

Hundreds of volunteers have planted tens of thousands of trees through Cochrane Branches and Banks, a program that seeks to promote environmental stewardship and community spirit through tree planting and other environmental enhancement activities.

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Our Current Projects

CEAC's current initiatives
Support for students

Every year, CEAC provides two $1,500 scholarships to students graduating from Cochrane high schools who are interested in pursuing education in environmental studies and contributing to a healthier environment. Visit Our Blog to learn more! Deadline for 2024 applications is June 1, 2024.

Bighill Creek Preservation Society
Supporting Bighill Creek

CEAC is proud to support the Bighill Creek Preservation Society, which is dedicated to ensuring the natural and historical values of the Bighill Creek Watershed are preserved for this and future generations.

Partnership with On-Growing Works
Educational opportunities

CEAC and On-Growing Works offer a series of educational opportunities to Cochrane and area to promote sustainability, low impact development and innovation while being environmentally responsible.

Living in the Natural Environment Sponsor
MD of BigHorn Living in the Natural Environment

Living in the Natural Environment is an annual event that brings the rural and small urban community, government, and non-agricultural rural residents together to initiate discussion relevant to the surrounding landscape and the people who live there.

Energy for All Sponsor
(3 projects)

Energy for All is a non-profit organization created to improve worldwide health by providing clean water and protect/preserve the environment by providing renewable energy through environmentally sustainable means.

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Previous Projects

Initiatives that CEAC has done in the past

Youth Projects

Focusing on educating and involving youth in the community.

Canada World Youth

Partnering with Canada World Youth, CEAC helps deal with environmental issues through activities like weed pulls, wrapping trees along Big Hill Creek to protect them from beavers

Cochrane High Project

By far CEAC’s largest involvement with a school is as a platinum sponsor for Cochrane High School Phase 1 and a gold sponsor for Phase 3 Sustainable Development Project.

School Projects

Environmental awareness and education are a cornerstone to CEAC’s mission. Over the years CEAC has focussed much effort with the schools in Cochrane through a wide range of projects and initiatives.

Community Activities

Our focus on actions across the community in Cochrane and area

Wetlands Committee

Wetlands matter! An estimated 70% of Alberta’s wetlands and 90% of Calgary’s wetlands have been eliminated to accommodate urban development and other human impacts.

Cochrane Brownfield Committee

In 1998 with less than 10 days before a public hearing on a proposed Remediation Plan (RP) and development plans, CEAC worked hard to bring together information and constructive criticism, based on the information presented in the RP.

Low Impact Development Conference

More than 160 engineers, developers, politicians, municipalities, biologists, researchers and stewardship groups gathered at the spectacular Cochrane Ranche House

2009 P2S Conference

A full recap of the 2009 Pathways 2 Sustainability Conference is available for download here, in PDF format.

Light Pollution

Light pollution is light that shines where it is not needed or wanted. Typically, 30 to 50% of the light we produce is never used, shining sideways or upwards instead.

Aggregate Exploration & Extraction Policy Workshop


Events & Gatherings

Special events and programs previously sponsored by CEAC

Green Drinks

Green Drinks is a relaxed, unstructured event where people interested in the environment, sustainability and community can get together to network, talk shop, learn, or share a story.

Environmental Film Festivals

To celebrate its 20th anniversary CEAC sponsored an International Wildlife Film Festival at the Cochrane Ranchehouse Theatre on Saturday Nov 21st. CEAC worked with The International Wildlife Media Center & Film Festival (IWFF) out of Missoula, Montana to bring world class environmental films to Cochrane.

Toki Thistle Pull

CEAC joined with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Thistle Pull event at the Toki property in Jumpingpound Creek, near Cochrane.

Speaker Series

CEAC has been a proud sponsor of the M.D. of Bighorn’s “Living in the Natural Environment” Speaker series. The event features presentations from environmental experts on topics of interest to residents.

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