Dalhousie announces $1.5 million commitment from the RBC Foundation to support
the Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability
HALIFAX, NS, April 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Dalhousie University today announced a
$1.5 million commitment from the RBC Foundation to Dalhousie University's
College of Sustainability to support the new Sustainability Leadership
Certificate (SLC) program.
The donation is part of RBC's recognition of Earth Day, which takes place
every year on April 22. The funds raised through the Bold Ambitions: The
Campaign for Dalhousie, will support the new SLC program, which enables
students to work directly on building skills to lead change towards a
sustainable future. Sustainability is the concept of using our planet's
resources in a manner that ensures future generations can also enjoy the same
benefits that we are privileged to enjoy today.
"Protecting our planet is a shared responsibility and an effort that must
involve everyone - communities, government, business leaders and educators,"
says Kim Mason, Regional President, Atlantic Canada, RBC. "We're committed to
supporting innovative programs like the Sustainability Leadership Certificate
program that engage and encourage future leaders of tomorrow to incorporate
environmental and social considerations into their work, regardless of which
fields they're in."
The SLC brings together students, community groups and businesses to encourage
and foster creative sustainability solutions. The program complements the
College's popular Environment, Sustainability and Society undergraduate major,
but is open to students of other subjects from all parts of Dalhousie,
providing a truly diverse forum for sharing ideas and energy.
"The SLC program recognizes that leadership for social, economic and
environmental sustainability is rooted in students' confidence in their
personal values, their service to communities and in their engagement with the
world," says Dr. Susan Tirone, Associate Director for the College of
Sustainability. "We very much appreciate RBC Foundation's donation and applaud
their commitment to a sustainable future for everyone."
The SLC offers a collaborative engaged-learning program built around a series
of weekend modules, interspersed with action projects in the community,
written reflections and creative assignments all woven together by the
metaphor of stories - personal stories, leadership stories and community
RBC Foundation's funding now ensures:
-- financial sustainability of the SLC program for at least 10
-- increased program reach and impact
-- minimal program cost to students
-- continued community collaboration
-- evaluation and continuous improvement of sustainability
For decades, RBC and Dalhousie University have enjoyed a mutually beneficial
relationship best exemplified through RBC's partnership with Dalhousie's
Faculty of Management which has seen the placement or hiring of 71 Dalhousie
students since 2007. Over 100 RBC employees have completed a MBA at Dalhousie
and there are currently others enrolled in the financial services MBA.
About Dalhousie's College of Sustainability
The College of Sustainability acts as a focal point for Dalhousie's scholars
and students and members of the broader community, creating opportunities for
synergies in learning, teaching, scholarship and community engagement. Its
innovative Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) interdisciplinary
undergraduate program is a Canadian first and has been recognized
internationally for its contribution to sustainability education.
About Bold Ambitions: The Campaign for Dalhousie
The $250-million Bold Ambitions campaign is the largest and most comprehensive
in Dalhousie's history; focusing on student success and enrichment,
interdisciplinary programs, and innovation and design. Its impact will deepen
Dalhousie's capacity for excellence, pushing us further to achieve our vision
of becoming the very best university in Canada.
About RBC's Commitment to Community and Sustainability
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under
the master brand name RBC. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time
employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and
institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other
countries. RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and
environmental leaders and is listed on the 2012 - 2013 Dow Jones
Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social
Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada's Greenest Employers, one
of Canada's 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations and among the Global 100
Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Learn more at
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations,
sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed more
than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community
investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.
Nikki Comeau Communications Officer, Dalhousie
Susan Tirone Associate Director, College of Sustainability, Dalhousie
Lori Smith Public Affairs, RBC 902-421-8121,firstname.lastname@example.org
André Roberts Communications, RBC 416-974-3678,email@example.com
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