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An update from RBC Corporate Environmental Affairs Group September 2016

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Corporations coming together to advocate
for a price on carbon

We’re already paying for carbon, whether it’s increasing health care costs, the cost of environmental degradation, or the costs associated with severe weather events, they are all linked to an increase in carbon emissions in our atmosphere. The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition was officially launched last December at the international climate change convention (COP21) in Paris. The coalition wants to expand the use of effective carbon pricing policies to maintain competitiveness, create jobs, encourage innovation, and deliver meaningful emissions reductions. The ultimate goal is to stimulate the market and encourage a more rapid transition to a low carbon economy to build a cleaner future. RBC is proud to be a member of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

Minister Catherine McKenna meets with Canadian members of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition in Toronto
  Minister Catherine McKenna meets with Canadian members of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition in Toronto  

Golf is getting greener (and we’re not talking
about the grass!)

Golf courses can have an impact on our natural environment. However, we are seeing more golf facilities embracing the economic, environmental and social benefits of responsible golf course operations. Programming on water conservation, chemical use reduction, golfer education and wildlife habitat management are becoming the norm. The Golf Environment Organization (GEO) is leading the charge, recently tackling the Olympic golf course in Rio, which obtained GEO Certification, verifying the facility as a sustainable golf venue and tournament, as did the Ryder Cup. Also new this year, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators has launched a Sustainable Golf Destinations Award. Rooted in harnessing the beauty of its natural surroundings, golf is an industry that is embracing environmental sustainability.

The Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina, host venue for the RBC Heritage, obtained GEO certification in 2016, and this year’s RBC Canadian Open was the greenest yet. Click on the images to check out our most recent initiatives.
 Heritage sustainability report:
 Canadian open infographic

Exploring Ontario’s Greenbelt

greenbelt imageAs cities continue to sprawl, it’s becoming more important to preserve our green space. Did you know that Ontario’s greenbelt is the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt? At almost 2 million acres the Greenbelt protects environmentally sensitive land, forests, wetlands and farmlands in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe from urban development.

Have you visited the greenbelt? Into the Greenbelt is a project of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, to help new Canadians
experience this important natural resource. Eight unique tours of the Greenbelt have been developed and bursaries are available to help organizations cover the cost of a trip to visit the Greenbelt. Check out the whole program here. RBC is a firm believer in building sustainable communities and is a proud financial supporter of the Into the Greenbelt program.

Why People Are At the Root of Healthy Forests

First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program, an educational pathway program for First Nations Youth to explore and secure careers in forestryStudies show that deforestation is responsible for driving 17 per cent of global carbon emissions. But what direct impact is it having on the 300 million people who call forests home? As part of its Sustainable Forestry Principles, Domtar is committed to working closely with local indigenous communities to ensure the forests remain for generations to come. They maintain collaborative relationships with aboriginal communities and encourage suppliers to do the same. For example, since 2000, Domtar has embedded itself in the northwestern Ontario community by supporting the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program, an educational pathway program for First Nations Youth to explore and secure careers in forestry.
RBC recognizes the impact that our suppliers have on our environment. We strive to partner with companies like Domtar (our primary supplier of paper) that share our values. For the full story, click here.

17 Years & Counting

Looking to kill some time and read all about RBC’s Carbon Disclosure?

Well you’ve come to the right place; check out our latest response to the Carbon Disclosure Project

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Upcoming Events

RIA Foundation and Endowment Forum
October 17, 2016, Toronto, ON
Canada’s first-ever Foundation and Endowment Forum focused exclusively on responsible and impact investing.
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Social Finance Forum
October 26-27 2016, Toronto, ON
The Social Finance Form is the leading event in Canada dedicated to impact investing and social enterprise. RBC is an Impact Entrepreneur level sponsor.
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Latornell Conservation Symposium
November 15-17, Alliston, ON
This not-to-miss three-day event set in beautiful Simcoe County will showcase green infrastructure where delegates will explore its applicability and benefits in relation to important issues in Ontario such as climate change, biodiversity loss, water management, economic development, improving public health, and fostering sustainable communities. RBC is a sponsor and will be speaking at the Symposium.
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Pollution Probe Annual Gala
November 22, Toronto, ON
A fantastic annual gala brings together hundreds of leaders from business, government and civil society who are the key influencers and decision makers within the climate and sustainability conversation. And this year, you’ll meet ‘Generation Now’, a new generation of environmental trailblazers, the essential new players on the pathway to a healthier planet. RBC is a sponsor of this event.
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