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An update from RBC Corporate Sustainability Group September 2014

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Homebuyers Prefer Neighbourhoods Where They Don't Always Need a Car

Homebuyers Prefer Neighbourhoods Where They Don't Always Need a CarMost homebuyers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) want to live in neighbourhoods where they are less dependent on a car, even if that means opting for a smaller home, according to a new survey from RBC and the Pembina Institute . The survey found that 81 per cent of respondents would choose to live in a "location-efficient" neighbourhood where they can walk to stores, rapid transit, restaurants and other amenities. They would choose these neighbourhoods even if it means giving up a larger detached home with a yard. The preference for location-efficient homes is strongest among respondents over the age of 60 (82 per cent), as well as those aged 18 to 35 (84 per cent). This survey is the latest instalment in the “Location Matters” series from RBC and the Pembina Institute, researching the factors that influence home prices and purchasing decisions.


Here Comes the Sun

It's no secret that energy systems in Canada are changing, and we don't intend to be left in the dark. RBC recently installed rooftop solar panels on two of our branches in Ontario to demonstrate the potential of rooftop solar technology for retail businesses and help educate Canadians about renewable energy. Combined, these rooftop solar systems are expected to produce approximately 33,500 kWh of electricity per year, or enough to power three average Canadian homes. Our partner, AMP Solar is the owner and operator of the systems and we lease our rooftops to them. We decided to donate the rent we collect from the lease agreements to TREC Education, a charity that delivers renewable energy education programs in classrooms across Ontario. The electricity generated from our rooftop solar systems is fed into the local electricity grid, adding a clean energy source to Ontario's supply mix.

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Designing the Sustainable Library of the Future

Designing the Sustainable Library of the FutureRBC and B+H are proud to announce the launch of the 3rd annual Evolve Sustainable Design Competition for university students in Canada. This year, Evolve challenges students to design a net-zero energy and water-wise community library. The winning team will receive a cash prize of $5,000, with runner-up prizes of $3,500 and $1,500. In addition, each winning team will receive a matching RBC donation to their university. The competition supports high-performance building design and encourages a shift to sustainable cities. Last year's challenge was to design a sports research institute that would minimize both energy and water use through site planning, building design, systems technology, and operations. For details on last year's winners and to register for this year's competition visit: Evolve Sustainable Design Competition.


15 Years on the DJSI

15 Years on the DJSIDo you remember going to the theatre to watch Gladiator, George W. Bush winning his 1st Presidential election or when you could buy gasoline for about 70 cents a litre in Canada? All of that happened in the year 2000, the same year RBC was first named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World, a global index that tracks the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies based on an analysis of material economic, environmental, and social factors. The DJSI tracks the performance of companies across all industries against their peers in numerous sustainability metrics. Each year over 3,000 companies are invited to participate in the assessment, which provides an in-depth analysis of financially material economic, environmental, and social practices.


Tim Clark and the Environment Win at 2014 RBC Canadian Open

Keeping it Clean in London, EnglandWater stations, priority bike parking, carbon neutrality and Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary certification were just a few of the environmental highlights at the tournament held at Royal Montreal Golf Club. Details include:

Carbon neutrality achieved through the purchase of green natural gas from Bullfrog Power and the purchase and retirement of high quality carbon offsets.
Recycling and organics collection programs to divert as much waste as possible from landfill
Over 15,000 litres of free filtered water was provided to patrons at four water stations, significantly reducing the use of single-use containers.
Patrons took advantage of our free bicycle parking coral just outside the main entrance, with over 500 bicycles parked during the week.
Since 1996, Royal Montreal has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary



Upcoming Events

Action Partners 2014 - Global Leadership and Innovation Summit
October 20-21, Toronto
Discover new strategies and proven solutions to the most important global trends of the decade – including climate risks, energy futures, community energy and urban transformation, resource efficiency, food and water security, big data and technology. RBC is a sponsor of this event.
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Panda Ball
October 24, Toronto
For the fourth year, RBC is the Presenting Sponsor of the WWF Panda Ball in Canada, a gala event that will bring together visionaries from the philanthropic and business communities who are leading the next generation of conservation for a living planet.
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Social Finance Forum 2014: Building Markets that Matter
November 6-7, Toronto
Social Finance is changing the way we work together in Canada to address critical problems facing people and the planet. Join over 300 attendees and 65 speakers for an extensive program presented by leading practitioners from across North America. RBC is a sponsor of this event and George Lewis, Group Head, RBC Wealth Management & RBC Insurance; Chairman and Portfolio Manager, RBC Global Asset Management, will be making remarks about the role financial institutions play in mobilizing capital for social good.
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Pollution Probe Annual Gala
November 19, Toronto
This not-to-miss annual gala brings together approximately 400 to 500 leaders and enablers for an evening of networking and celebration under the theme of “Future Builders”. RBC is a Gold Sponsor of the gala.
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