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An update from RBC Corporate Sustainability Group July 2015

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A Sea of Blue

On June 4th, 850 communities around the world saw a sea of "Team RBC" blue as we celebrated the 5th annual Blue Water Day. More than 25,000 RBCers in 26 countries participated in Blue Water Day Makeovers, which included cleaning up shorelines, parks and streets; creating smarter green spaces; and cultivating awareness about local water issues. Blue Water Day is part of our deeper social and environmental commitment to improve the communities where we live, work and play by protecting the water that we love. RBC also announced more than $3.2 million in donations for water protection programs delivered by 159 organizations across nine countries, including Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Luxembourg, China, India, Mexico and the Bahamas. The grants will fund programs that improve urban water quality, enhance storm water management and protect and restore urban waterways. Check out the videos below to view the impact we made for today, and for future generations.

See how RBC Employees Helped Protect Your Local Water

Action on Climate Change Being Driven by Provinces and States

Action on Climate Change Being Driven by Provinces and StatesIf one thing was clear at the Climate Summit of the Americas, it was that Canadian provinces and US States plan to take action to address climate change with or without federal policies. With established and planned carbon regulation in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Colombia, more than 80% of Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be covered by some sort of carbon pricing system by 2020. The Summit dove into discussions about carbon pricing and regulation aimed at reducing GHG emissions and how to improve collaboration between jurisdictions. The Summit was packed with senior government officials from 22 states, provinces and regions and was an important stop on the road to the international climate change negotiations in Paris later this year. In Paris, nations will continue to negotiate a global deal to reduce GHG emissions under the general consensus that we must limit global warming to 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels to avoid dangerous impacts of climate change.

Platinum is the New Green

Platinum is the New GreenNorth American buildings generate up to 35% of all greenhouse gases, consume 40% of primary energy use and 70% of municipal water. Solutions to many environmental issues need to address improving the performance of existing buildings. Artis REIT is leading the way in building performance and has achieved a rare feat – 220 Portage in Winnipeg is the first office tower to obtain LEED Platinum Existing Building certification in Manitoba. This certification is unlike any other as it focuses on the operation and maintenance of the building lifecycle rather than the construction phase. The building generates almost 40% less greenhouse gas emissions, uses 37% less water and diverts over 30% more waste from landfill than an average Canadian office building. Built in 1966, the building is a shining example that older buildings can be environmental leaders. 220 Portage is headquarters of RBC's Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwestern Ontario banking operations.


Low-Income Families Have An Opportunity to Live in One of the Most Energy Efficient Buildings in the United States

Mennonite United Revival Apartments in Brooklyn, NY is the first affordable housing development in the United States that meets the strict energy-efficiency criteria of Passive House, an international building standard aimed at reducing heating and cooling energy usage. The 24-apartment building uses only 20% of the energy typically used by a New York City building. The building is air sealed, insulated, and compartmentalized with air barriers, drastically increasing heating- and cooling-related energy savings by storing warm air during cold days and cold air on hot days. Each apartment has its own ventilation system to consistently supply fresh air, as well as small radiators and airtight window air conditioning units. The apartments are available for families earning 30% to 60% of area median income. RBC Capital Markets' Tax Credit Equity Group syndicated over $4.5 million in low income housing tax credit equity for the project.
Low-Income Families Have Opportunity to Live in One of the Most Energy Efficient Buildings in the United States.

RBC named one of Canada's "Top 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations"

RBC named one of Canada's The "Top 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations" in Canada were selected on the basis of their performance across a broad range of indicators as tracked by Sustainalytics, a global provider of environmental, social and governance research and analysis. "Increasingly, Canadians are placing greater emphasis on how corporate sustainability issues, such as natural resource use, diversity and transparency, impact their world. And today, they are actively seeking information about how corporations are addressing the risks and opportunities associated with these issues," said Michael Jantzi, CEO, Sustainalytics. All of the companies on the list have demonstrated strong performance in areas such as environmental initiatives, impact on local communities, treatment of employees and supply chain management. RBC has been included on this list every year since its inception in 2009.

Upcoming Events

Couchiching Institute for Public Affairs Summer Conference
August 7-9, Orillia, Ontario
From pensions to health care, more dollars are spent on aging boomers than younger generations. Are today's youth being set up to fail? What are our responsibilities and obligations to future generations? The 84th annual Couchiching Conference will challenge the usual conclusions, question assumptions and inspire conversations that will resonate for decades to come. RBC is a sponsor of this event.

Banff Venture Forum
September 24-25, Banff, Alberta
Featuring technology companies across two streams, Information Technology and Sustainable Technology, the Banff Venture Forum provides emerging technology companies with unparalleled visibility and an opportunity to present to leading private equity and venture capital investors from across North America. RBC is a sponsor of this event.

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