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An update from RBC Corporate Sustainability Group November 2013

New and Notable

Homebuyers Priced Out of Prime Locations in Toronto

Homebuyers Priced Out of Prime Locations in TorontoHome prices in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) continue to rise because of a limited supply of single-family homes in established neighbourhoods, according to Priced Out, a new report written by the Pembina Institute and co-published by RBC. The report indicates there is no shortage of land in the GTA to accommodate construction of single-family homes; however, land available for development is predominantly located outside of the City of Toronto and other major centres of employment. The relative scarcity of affordable single-family homes has shifted homebuyers to more affordable multi-unit dwellings such as condominiums. Other factors that have affected home prices include a strong economy, low interest rates and favourable mortgage rules. The report is part of a series examining the factors that influence how we live in the city and suburbs to encourage the shift to more livable, vibrant and sustainable communities.



Safeguarding the Experimental Lakes Area

Canada is home to one of the world's most prominent freshwater research programs. The Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) is an outdoor laboratory in northwestern Ontario where 58 lakes were set aside by the federal government for research. In its 44 year history, the ELA has helped scientists conduct research and develop solutions to global fresh water challenges that have made many important contributions to water ecology and policy around the world. After the federal government announced plans to close the ELA in April, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) stepped in to ensure the research facility would remain open. RBC donated $80,000 to help IISD develop the plan to take over ELA operations, ensuring it remains an independent, world-class research facility that produces leading-edge science in the public domain.

Safeguarding the Experimental Lakes Area



Looking for Great Ideas to Address Water Issues in Communities


More than $2.3 Million in Water Funding Announced

Since most of the world's population now lives in urban centres, increasing the strain on water resources in these regions, the RBC Blue Water Project will continue to focus its support for initiatives that help protect and preserve water in towns, cities and urbanized areas. Organizations with projects in any of the countries and regions in which RBC is located, including Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, the British Isles, and Asia Pacific may qualify for funding.

Expressions of interest for RBC Blue Water Project 2014 Leadership Grants ($10,001 to $100,000) are being accepted until December 20, 2013. Applications for Community Action Grants ($1,000 to $10,000) are also available online and due February 3, 2014.

 

Greengage – Rewarding Positive Behaviors

Greengage – Rewarding Positive BehaviorsGreengage Mobile is a Canadian venture that has developed a mobile software tool to reward environmental, wellness, and community actions in real time. The tool is quickly becoming the go-to resource for companies, not-for-profits, and governments that are looking to engage their employees, clients and the public in healthy living, green, and community initiatives on a large scale. App users are recognized immediately for taking positive health actions, being green, or contributing to their community through a rewards system. The management and analytics platform provides administrators with the ability to establish and monitor specific metrics, with powerful data that supports program enhancements and reporting. The RBC Generator has recently invested $250,000 in Greengage Mobile, alongside two additional investors - the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund and Waterloo-based Golden Triangle AngelNet.



National BizBash Awards Recognize 2012 RBC Canadian Open as Best Green Initiative

National BizBash Awards Recognize 2012 RBC Canadian Open as Best Green InitiativeBizBash, the leading trade media publication for event and meeting organizers, announced that the 2012 RBC Canadian Open is among the winners for the first National Event Style Awards. Winning the Best Green Initiative or Sustainable Program for an Event or Meeting, the 2012 RBC Canadian Open was recognized for its green, sustainable practices. The event included enlisting Bullfrog Power to provide clean, renewable energy and green natural gas; neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions from diesel generators through the purchase and retirement of carbon offsets; and reducing waste by placing five water stations across the grounds and selling collapsible containers. Additionally, the RBC Canadian Open team promoted biking to the event and, as a result, more than a thousand bicycles were parked in the racks provided.


Upcoming Events

CleanTech in 2014: Performance and Predictions
December 10, Toronto
This annual event will showcase four of Canada's up-and-coming cleantech companies and a panel of cleantech investors who will provide you with their predictions for cleantech investing in 2014. RBC is a sponsor of the event and Jonathan Hera, RBC Impact Investing Fund Manager, will be participating on the investors' panel.
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Corporate Social Responsibility for the Extractive Industries
January 28 and 29, Toronto
The Canadian Institute's Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility for the Extractive Industries has been designed to provide stakeholders in the resource sector with real-life lessons and innovative ways to incorporate and deliver improved sustainability practices. Sandra Odendahl, RBC Director of Corporate Sustainability will be a speaker at the event.
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Pembina Institute Un-Gala
January 30, Toronto
Under the theme "Cowboys, Cowgirls and Clean Energy" the second annual 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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