Immediate Release: March 17, 2021

The Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ) is pleased to announce that its Blue Skies Awards program, which was cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus-19 Pandemic, has been reinstated for 2021. Nominations are now being accepted.

Award recipients will be recognized at the virtual awards ceremony on Clean Air Day, June 2, 2021. The ceremony will provide recipients an opportunity to showcase their achievements.

These awards recognize individuals and organizations taking exemplary steps to improve air quality in the PAMZ region. The awards recognize achievements in:

  • Innovation and application of technology to reduce energy use and air pollution:
  • Environmental protection activities that reduce air pollution, conserve energy, or protect environmental health;
  • Public education and outreach activities that reduce air pollution to protect and promote a healthy environment.

If you know of an individual, business, educational institution, local government agency or not-for-profit organization whose exemplary actions occur in the PAMZ region, you are encouraged to nominate them or yourself. Nomination forms are available at Please submit all nominations to [email protected] by April 23, 2021.

“We are excited to once again present the Blue Skies Awards, this year through a virtual awards ceremony. The awards recognize and celebrate those who are making a positive impact on air quality in our region; contributing to the clean air we all value,” said Executive Director Kevin Warren. For more information about the Blue Skies Awards and the June 2 awards ceremony, please visit or contact Bailey Doepker at [email protected].

PAMZ is a multi-stakeholder non-profit organization consisting of industry, government, environmental organizations and the general public. It was formed in 1997 to monitor and manage air quality within the Parkland Region. The area it encompasses includes communities within the central Alberta region, running from Three Hills in the east to the BC border in the west and from just north of Crossfield in the south to Ponoka in the north. See map at