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  An update from RBC Corporate Environmental Affairs

May 2012   

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Retailers Enabling a Greener Economy

Retailers Enabling a Greener Economy

Are you interested in finding out what leading Canadian retailers are doing about sustainability? Re-envisioning retail: Creating business value while leading the way toward more sustainable living, the latest report in RBC's series on Business and the Environment, is designed to help Canadian retailers better understand the business risks and opportunities associated with environmental sustainability. It highlights retailers from across Canada who have already benefitted from taking a greener approach to retail management. These success stories show how simple practices can help retailers reduce costs, increase efficiency, enhance reputation and become more competitive.

Other reports in the Business and Environment series can be downloaded for free at our Greening Your Business Commercial Advice Centre.

School's Out For Summer - See Our Report Card

We have released our 2011 Environmental Blueprint Report Card that tracks our progress against 44 environmental commitments made in the RBC Environmental Blueprint. This 11-page document highlights our progress in four categories:

School's Out For Summer - See Our Report Card
  • Reducing our environmental footprint
  • Promoting environmentally responsible business activities
  • Offering environmental products and services
  • Sustaining the RBC Environmental Blueprint

Launched in 2007, the RBC Environmental Blueprint was always intended to be a five year environmental plan. Keep an eye out for the RBC Environmental Blueprint 2.0, set for launch this fall!

Greening a PGA Golf Tournament

RBC, the Heritage Foundation and Sea Pines Resort implemented a number of environmental initiatives at the 2012 RBC Heritage at Harbor Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. These included:

  • Purchased 150 megawatt hours of Green-e certified power to match the amount of electricity used by the clubhouse, hospitality areas, on-course scoreboards and broadcasting towers.
  • Set-up of 100 recycling receptacles and solar-powered waste compacting units.
  • Offered recyclable or biodegradable packaging at concessions.
  • Unused food was donated to Second Helping, a support agency serving the disadvantaged in South Carolina.
  • Ensured plenty of bicycle racks were available within walking distance of the Harbour Town Clubhouse.

Since 2006, Harbour Town Golf Links has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International. Only five percent of U.S. golf courses have this environmental designation.

Greening a PGA Golf Tournament

Harbour Town is home to 30 species of mammals and 133 species of birds.

Come Celebrate Our 3rd Annual Blue Water Day on June 8

Come Celebrate Our Third Annual Blue Water Day on June 8

There are so many urgent causes competing for our attention, water seems to get lost in the mix. So you might wonder: who cares about water? RBC does, and we are celebrating with our third annual RBC Blue Water Day. It turns out that, at some point in their lives, most people have an 'aha' moment about water. So this year, we're asking people to recall that moment, and talk about why water matters to them with their family, friends, clients and on Facebook. Visit our Facebook page to "Show You Care". We hope to have more than 70,000 employees wearing blue as a worldwide symbol of our support for water on June 8.

RBC Named One of Canada's Greenest Employers in 2012

RBC Named One of Canada's Greenest Employers in 2012

For the fourth 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 sixth 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 tell us that they care about the

environment and are proud to work for a company that is committed to environmental sustainability. Our employees are also 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."

Profiles in Green Financing


Monteco Monteco
Lab technician testing a contaminated water sample (left) and testing the performance of a wastewater grease interceptor at Good Harbour Laboratories.

RBC Knowledge Based Industries team is extremely pleased to have added to its clean technology portfolio, Monteco, a Toronto-based company that specializes in launching and operating clean technology companies.

For over 20 years, Monteco has been identifying early-stage, leading clean technologies, developing them, and bringing them to the marketplace. It does this by serving its portfolio of companies with centralized management capabilities that provide highly specialized knowledge in management, markets, and strategy, as well as access to the scientific and government sectors.

Monteco has a number of established brands in stormwater and wastewater treatment technologies in North America and Asia Pacific through Imbrium Systems and Green Turtle Technologies, and was one of the founders of BIOX, Canada's largest biodiesel producer.

Monteco's latest companies include Good Harbour Laboratories, a provider of R&D and product development services for small and medium-sized enterprises, and Imtex Membranes, which is developing a low cost energy efficient solution for the separation of industrial gases in the petrochemical industry.

Upcoming Events

Earth Day Canada Gala
June 6, Toronto
The 9th Annual Earth Day Canada Gala takes over Toronto's cultural hotbed, the Drake Hotel, for an evening that celebrates environmental leadership, world-class sustainable food, comedy and entertainment. Hometown Heroes Award winners will be announced, a program that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals, groups or small businesses that look for local solutions to improve the state of the environment.
More event info >

CaGBC National Conference & Expo 2012
June 11-13, Toronto
This year's Conference brings together the best thinkers, practitioners and decision-makers for an open discussion about making sustainable cities become a reality under the theme Beyond Buildings: The Green City.
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Canadian Water Summit
June 28, Calgary
Since 2009, the Canadian Water Summit has served as a collaborative forum for leaders from diverse sectors to share insights and further a united mission: to build a sustainable water future for Canada. RBC is a Silver Sponsor of the event and Sandra Odendahl, Director Corporate Environmental Affairs, will be moderating a panel discussion on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus.
More event info >

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