• precautionary principle,
• pollution prevention,
• polluter pays,
• cumulative impacts,
• intergenerational equity and
• public participation.
In addition to these core environmental principles, environmental laws, policies and processes must be:
• constantly improving,
• reflective of and contributing to evidence-based best practices,
• open, transparent and accountable.
Attached below, you can download a document that provides definitions of the core environmental principles adopted by the ELC in its strategic plan. This document is intended only to provide definitions of the core environmental principles; it does not provide analysis of how successfully the core environmental principles have been implemented in Alberta. A brief survey of case-law and statutes (federal and Alberta) that have referenced the core environmental principles is also included for your reference.