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  An update from RBC Corporate Environmental Affairs

July 2011   


New and Notable


Continuing to LEED in Green Buildings


Continuing to LEED in Green Buildings

At RBC, we’re always looking at ways to reduce our operational footprint and more often this means choosing to lease or build office space certified to LEED standards. We currently have over 1.6 million feet of LEED certified office space, representing nearly 20% of global floor area in major properties. Our latest LEED project is our new 400,000 square foot back-office support facility. Currently under construction, this

energy-efficient facility incorporates several environmental features including: the use of interior materials containing recycled content; monitoring systems to ensure water and energy consumption are reduced; and innovative siting strategies that ensure existing non-developed areas around the facility remain as natural habitat. Once built, this state-of-the-art facility is certain to be in a class of its own.




Free Filtered Water Provided at 2011 RBC Canadian Open


That’s right, at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open free cold, filtered water was provided at four water stations where patrons could refill their reusable water containers. The initiative helped to reduce the number of disposable water bottles and plastic waste generated at the event. Some of the other green initiatives at the event included: offering food and beverages in recyclable and biodegradable packaging; reducing waste to landfill through single stream recycling and organics collection; deploying a volunteer team of recycling ambassadors to help patrons dispose of waste correctly; using a fleet of compressed natural gas trucks for waste hauling; and providing bike racks just outside the main spectator

Free Filtered Water Provided at 2011 RBC Canadian Open

entrance. Visit Greening the Canadian Open for more details.




Congratulations to the Bay Area Restoration Council


RBC and Earth Day Canada (EDC) were delighted to present the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) with the 2011 Hometown Heroes Group Award and a $10,000 grant at the EDC Annual Gala held on June 8 at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. Since 1991, BARC
has led community efforts to make Hamilton Harbour and its watershed cleaner,
healthier and more accessible. Created by EDC, the Hometown Heroes program recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders, whether an individual, group or small

Congratulations to the Bay Area Restoration Council

business, who look for local solutions to improve the state of the environment. This is the second consecutive year that RBC has sponsored the Hometown Heroes Award Program.

Jed Goldberg of EDC (left) and Sandra Odendahl of RBC present BARC representatives Victor Cairns (centre left) and Jim Hudson with the HH Group Award.




Which Way to the Beach? Find Out With the New Swim Guide App


Just in time for summer, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper has officially launched Swim Guide, the first interactive app to provide comprehensive information about clean, safe beaches for swimming. The free app, funded by the RBC Blue Water Project, shows you where your closest beaches are and, where available, gives you real-time beach status updates. It also provides historical beach trends and explains the laws and policies that protect beaches. It currently includes information on beaches on the Great Lakes and in the Vancouver area. Later this summer, Edmonton and Miami area beaches will be added, and Swim Guide will continue to expand until it covers beaches in every major beach community in North America.

Which Way to the Beach? Find Out With the New Swim Guide App




Webinar: Helping You to Green Your Business


Webinar: Helping You to Green Your Business

Saving money, capturing new market opportunities and reducing risk are just a few of the benefits that owners and managers of leading Canadian organizations are realizing from going “green” and becoming more environmentally sustainable. Still, many organizations struggle with how to leverage sustainability to fulfill their overall objectives. The key to success is to approach your sustainability initiatives as you would any other business decision, with a well thought out strategy. Listen to the June 22 CICA/RBC Business Monitor webinar, where Chris Ouellette, RBC Senior Manager, Sustainable Business, discusses the framework for greening an organization based on RBC’s Greening Your Business Guide.



RBC Cleantech Account Managers at Your Service


Cleantech in Canada has become a billion-dollar industry and RBC is here to help companies make the most of this growing opportunity. Our team of Cleantech specialists, located across Canada, are the latest addition to our Knowledge-Based Industries group, which has over 30 years of experience working with IP-based companies. Our specialists understand the innovation landscape in Canada and take a life cycle approach to working with companies, helping them with their financial needs every step of the way from start-up through to commercialization. Their deep knowledge of the sector means they can also provide

RBC Cleantech Account Managers at Your Service

Cleantech companies with valuable advice as well as access to our industry network including venture capitalists, angel investors and other key players.




RBC named one of Canada's Greenest Employers in 2011


RBC named one of Canada's Greenest Employers in 2011

For the third consecutive year, RBC has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers, according to a competition organized by the editors of Canada's
Top 100 Employers. Now in its fifth year, this designation recognizes employers that lead the nation in making environmental values part of their organizational culture. "We are honoured to be recognized again this year as one of Canada's Greenest Employers," said Sandra Odendahl, RBC's

Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs. "Our employees are instrumental in helping RBC meet our commitments to reducing our environmental footprint, lending money responsibly, providing our clients with environmental products and services, and promoting environmental sustainability in our communities."




Profile in Green Finance: Enerkem


Instead of sending garbage to a landfill, one company has found a unique way to turn it into fuels and chemicals. Through its proprietary technology, Enerkem has become a leading waste-to-biofuels company that converts material such as non-recyclable waste into clean transportation fuels and advanced chemicals. RBC has been able to support Enerkem’s growth with our full range of commercial financial services and our expertise in the cleantech sector. From its first pilot plant in Sherbrooke, Enerkem now operates a commercial demonstration facility and has a number of large-scale projects under development, including a plant that will turn the City of Edmonton’s non-recyclable, non-compostable waste into next-generation biofuels. Companies like Enerkem exemplify RBC's belief that firms that address sustainability issues today will be the leading companies of tomorrow.


Profile in Green Finance: Enerkem







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