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  An update from RBC Corporate Environmental Affairs

November 2011   


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Green Buildings 101 - What You Need to Know


Green Buildings 101 - What You Need to Know

Green buildings are fast becoming the new norm, and their growing popularity is helping transform the real estate market. Moving into the Mainstream: Green Buildings and LEED, an RBC white paper, explores this evolution and equips readers with a better understanding of this movement, including green building industry trends, a summary of rating systems including LEED, and the business case for building green.




2011 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants Announced

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Thirty organizations, delivering projects in five countries, will share more than $4 million for programs that help protect watersheds and improve access to clean drinking water. RBC's 2011 Blue Water Project funding will support a range of projects from wetland and shoreline restoration to water quality monitoring and sharing of sustainable water management practices in agricultural regions. Since 2007, RBC has committed more than $32 million in single and multi-year grants to 454 organizations, including the 30 recipients announced above. Visit BWP Leadership Grants for a list of organizations receiving 2011 grants.

2011 Imagine H2O Prize to Focus on Wastewater Opportunities



More Options for Financing Solar


More Options for Financing Solar

RBC's continued commitment to the environment and its customers has led to the enhancement of financing options for businesses looking to install solar energy systems. Solar panel financing options can now include amortization periods of up to 15 years. In addition, RBC has expanded our Home Improvement Financing program to include solar energy systems. This program enables solar energy system installers to offer their customers RBC financing options that meet their needs. Whether you are investing in a solar energy system to control costs, to access a new revenue stream or simply to reduce your carbon footprint, RBC's financing products can help to make the business case for solar energy systems even more appealing.



Riverbank House – the Newest Addition to our Family of Green Office Towers


Riverbank House – the Newest Addition to our Family of Green Office Towers

Riverbank House, RBC's newest office on the River Thames in London, UK has achieved an 'Excellent' rating under the BREEAM green building rating system. BREEAM, widely used throughout the UK and the rest of Europe, is a building rating system that aims to quantify and reduce the environmental impacts of buildings. Combined with the use of advanced materials, triple-glazed windows and other features, Riverbank House is responsible for 22% less greenhouse gases than local building regulation requirements. Some of the building's features include: a rooftop solar energy system, a green roof, heat recovery systems and energy sub-metering. In addition to Riverbank House, RBC occupies another 167,000 square metres of office space certified to LEED standards representing 20% of our global office space.



This Blue Dot Saved a Lot!


This Blue Dot Saved a Lot!

The RBC Blue Water Project recently sponsored a pilot program called This Blue Dot in partnership with One Change, an Ontario based not-for-profit organization that encourages people to make smart choices and take simple actions to protect the environment. The campaign encouraged Ottawa residents to reduce residential water waste by checking for toilet leaks, using a free and simple-to-use vegetable based dye tablet or 'blue dot' that is placed in the tank. During the campaign volunteers distributed 40,000 blue dots to Ottawa residents, going door-to-door and taking part in community events. RBC branches in Ottawa distributed an additional 15,000 blue dots and held draws for home energy audit prizes.



RBC named to Canadian Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index 2011


RBC named to Canadian Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index 2011

For the sixth consecutive year, RBC has been commended by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for its approach to the disclosure of climate change information. The CDP Leadership Index highlights companies within the Canada 200 Index which have displayed the highest standards of corporate governance regarding climate change disclosure. Companies are ranked on their climate change disclosure and high scores indicate good internal data management and understanding of climate change related issues affecting the company. The index represents the leading 20 companies from the Canada 200 Index. Visit Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for more information and read our report at CDP 2011 Submission.



Profile in Green Financing

EcoSynthetix


EcoSynthetix


EcoSynthetix is a renewable chemicals company specializing in bio-based products that can be used as inputs for a wide variety of consumer products. After more than 15 years of R&D, Ecosynthetix successfully commercialized ECOSPHERE® BIOLATEX® binders which are used in the coated paper and paperboard industry. This starch-based latex replaces a petroleum-based polymer and provides not only significant cost advantages but also superior paper characteristics enabling the use of more recycled fibre in product manufacturing. EcoSynthetix is also adapting this patented technology to the personal care industry, where its bio-based polymer will replace a commonly used petroleum-based polymer in certain hair gel products. The company is based in Burlington, Ontario with production facilities in the U.S. and Europe and plans for Asian expansion.

RBC Capital Markets jointly led the IPO of EcoSynthetix, raising $100mm to finance research and development and expand production facilities.


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