About Us



SAGE is A Leading Voice for a Healthy and Environmentally Sustainable Community



The Southern Alberta Group for Environment (SAGE) was established in 1984 by a small group of citizens in the greater Lethbridge community concerned about the state of the environment. Founding members identified the need for an organization which, through collective action, would work to protect and restore the health of our environment – water, air, and land – in southern Alberta. 

Today, the goals of SAGE are similar to those of years earlier.

SAGE is a leading voice for a healthy and environmentally sustainable community through informing citizens, participating in public processes and supporting sound environmental initiatives and actions.

To stay informed SAGE members scan media, network with others in the community through their work and volunteer activities, and seek out information on key current issues.
SAGE holds monthly meetings, organizes public programs, prepares displays for special events, and responds to requests for presentations or information by educators and other community organizers.

SAGE has engaged in numerous advocacy efforts directed towards recycling, improved solid waste management, protected areas, biodiversity conservation, renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, pesticides reduction, addressing environmental effects of intensive livestock operations and environmental sustainability in urban planning. Members sit on advisory committees to governments, research and write briefs or opinion pieces, and engage in regulatory and appeal processes.

Water and watershed management has been a steady focus for SAGE.
In the 1980s the environmental effects of a proposed dam on the Oldman River was a key issue as were protecting urban river valley parks and river valley clean-up. In the 1990s, focus shifted to revising provincial water law and policy and improving water quality in the Oldman River and its tributaries.

Since 1998 SAGE members have been active participants in multi-stakeholder efforts to improve water management in southern Alberta, including the work of the Oldman River Basin Advisory Committee, the Oldman River Basin Water Quality Initiative and the Oldman Watershed Council established in 2004.

We are grateful to the many dedicated people who have volunteered with SAGE over the years. 

Current SAGE Board 



 Nicola Miller


 Braum Barber


 Braum Barber

 Director (Secretary)

 Deb Jarvie

 Director (Treasurer)

 Cheryl Bradley


 Klaus Jericho


 Ann Baran


  Lori Goater


 Cheryl Fujikawa



If you would like to join us, click to view our Membership and Volunteer page.