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  An update from the RBC Corporate Sustainability Group

November 2012   


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Bullfrog Power Takes Renewable Energy National

Bullfrog Power Takes Renewable Energy National Over 800 of our Canadian retail branches now have digital displays installed.

Bullfrog Power and RBC have announced a partnership to power RBC's 4,600 ATMs and 3,500 retail branch displays in Canada with 100 per cent clean, renewable energy. The partnership makes RBC one of Bullfrog Power's first national green energy customers. Through the agreement, Bullfrog Power's generator partners inject renewable electricity onto the grid to match the amount of electricity used by RBC's entire Canadian ATM and digital display networks. Each display will show a short message to explain and educate viewers that the displays are powered with renewable energy. Bullfrog's electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogo Program. For more details visit: RBC and Bullfrog.




Social Finance is Gaining Attention

Social Finance is Gaining Attention The MaRS Social Finance Forum - well attended!

How do we know? Because the two-day, fifth annual MaRS Social Finance Forum held in early November attracted over 500 attendees! Social finance is the proactive approach to solve social and environmental challenges through direct investment in private companies, projects and funds, while also earning an attractive financial return. RBC CEO, Gordon Nixon, gave a keynote address at the conference and announced a $1 million, five-year commitment to the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. The donation complements the RBC social finance initiative, a $20 million commitment to help ignite social and environmental change through investment activity. To find out more about Gordon Nixon's views about social finance, visit: MaRS blog.




How do you Educate Tenants about Building Energy Use? Put a Huge Digital Energy Meter in the Lobby!

Oxford Properties has installed five new high resolution digital screens in the lobby of Royal Bank Plaza in Toronto that show tenant's real-time electricity use and compares it to past performance. With an annual energy spend of over $8 million and 7,500 occupants, electricity use represents over 70% of the energy used at Royal Bank Plaza (remaining 30% is dedicated to heating systems). Most of that energy consumption directly connects to areas that tenants can control, like lighting and plug loads, creating a persuasive business case for improving occupant energy awareness. RBC Plaza is certified LEED Gold for Existing Buildings, one of many green certified properties we occupy. For more please visit: LEEDing the Way in Green Real Estate.

Energy Consumption One graphic profiles actual electricity consumption with coloured zones comparing usage to past performance.



How an Energy Audit Can Help You Prioritize Your Renovations

How an Energy Audit Can Help You Prioritize Your Renovations

A home energy audit is a report generated by a specially trained, licensed professional that examines your home's major heating and cooling systems. Home energy audit reports also include recommendations to help you improve your home's energy efficiency and lower your energy costs. Common recommendations include sealing cracks around doors and windows, improving insulation in your home and replacing old

appliances with more energy efficient ones. You'll know exactly what needs to be done to make your home more energy efficient, and you can decide what you want to do, when you want to do it and how much you want to spend. For more information see this RBC video: Energy Audits and Home Renovations.




Socially Responsible Investments: A Growing Trend

Socially Responsible Investments: A Growing Trend

Canadian assets in SRI mandates now represent 20¢ of every $1 of assets under management. SRI funds have emerged as a viable investment approach for Canadians who want to achieve competitive investment returns while ensuring that their money is managed in accordance with certain social and environmental values. Investors have questions, such as what goes into creating an SRI portfolio, how competitive are SRI funds versus mainstream funds,

and what does the future hold for the SRI marketplace? For answers to these questions and more please view an interview with Jason Milne, Manager ESG Policy & Research, PH&N Investment Management and Thomas Van Dyck, Senior Vice-President and Financial Advisor, Socially Responsible Investments, RBC US Wealth Management. For more on RBC's SRI funds please visit: Socially Responsible Investments.




RBC wins Award for Leadership Excellence in Real Estate

RBC wins Award for Leadership Excellence in Real Estate Nadeem Shabbar, VP Corporate Real Estate and Ruth Weiner, Manager Energy & Environment accept the award on behalf of RBC.

RBC Corporate Real Estate received the 2012 CoreNet REmmy award for Leadership Excellence. The award recognizes a corporation's Canadian real estate department that has best demonstrated leadership and innovation throughout its real estate portfolio. Over 130 Canadian corporate real estate professionals gathered in Toronto at the CoreNet Global Canadian Chapter's inaugural 2012 REmmy Awards Gala in September. The award program focuses on innovation in sustainability and the creative application of new ideas in corporate real estate and workplace management. CoreNet Global is a leading association for corporate real estate and workplace professionals, service providers and economic developers with nearly 7,000 members globally.





Upcoming Events


The Equator Principles Association Annual Meeting
December 3-4, Washington DC
This meeting provides an opportunity for member financial institutions to discuss matters, and make decisions relating to the development and management of the Equator Principles, a management framework for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in project finance.
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Ontario Clean Water Agency Technology Showcase
December 5, Mississauga
Hear from experts within the water and wastewater industry and visit with technology companies showcasing their new and emerging products and services at the 2nd Annual OCWA Technology Showcase sponsored by RBC.
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Pembina Institute Un-Gala
January 24, Toronto
Under the theme "Cowboys, Cowgirls and Clean Energy" the inaugural Toronto Un-Gala, sponsored by RBC, is a celebration of Pembina's Alberta roots and Ontario reach, and a great opportunity to connect with others helping Canada move towards a clean energy future.
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