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2013 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership and Community Action Grants announced

2013 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership and Community Action Grants announced 
RBC awards $2.3 million in funding to protect water in cities and towns around 
the globe 
TORONTO, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - RBC today announced the recipients of the 2013 
RBC Blue Water Project Leadership and Community Action Grants, totalling more 
than $2.3 million in funding for water protection and preservation programs. 
Awarded on the fourth annual RBC Blue Water Day, the grants support 123 
organizations spanning seven countries, including Canada, the United States, 
the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Jamaica and Turks and Caicos Islands. 
"Water is the lifeblood of our planet and vital for our social and economic 
wellbeing," said Gord Nixon, president and CEO, RBC. "Since the RBC Blue Water 
Project was established in 2007, we have committed more than $38 million in 
grants to some 650 organizations around the world working to protect our most 
precious natural resource, including the grants we're announcing today. We are 
honoured to support the important efforts of this year's grant recipients, 
whose projects reflect our new focus on urban water issues." 
In December 2012, the RBC Blue Water Project announced a shift in focus to 
address a significant, emerging issue that is relevant to the majority of RBC 
employees and clients - protecting and preserving water in towns, cities and 
urbanized areas. The 2013-2014 Leadership and Community Action Grants are 
funding programs that improve urban water quality and efficient use, enhance 
storm water management and protect and restore urban waterways. 
"By 2050, three quarters of the world's population will live in cities," 
explained Alexandra Cousteau, RBC Blue Water Project Ambassador and National 
Geographic Emerging Explorer. "With more people, our urban water resources 
will become even more strained than they are today. The 2013 RBC Blue Water 
Project Leadership and Community Action Grant recipients are working to solve 
some of the most critical water issues facing our growing communities and 
helping to ensure we have the clean water we need for the future." 
About RBC Blue Water Project
The RBC Blue Water Project is a historic, wide-ranging, 10-year global 
commitment to help protect the world's most precious natural resource: fresh 
water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged over $38 million to more than 650 
charitable organizations worldwide that protect water, including the grants 
announced today, with an additional $7.8 million pledged to universities for 
water programs. In 2013-2014, the RBC Blue Water Project will focus on 
supporting initiatives that help protect water in towns, cities and urbanized 
areas. For further information, visit www.rbc.com/bluewater. 
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 44 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 
www.rbc.com/community-sustainability. 
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. 
2013 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership and Community Action Grants
Note: Financial references throughout are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise 
indicated. 
NATIONAL - CANADA 


    --  Alliance for Water Efficiency: A $60,000 grant will help the
        Canadian Plumber Water Sustainability Training Pilot Project
        offer training to plumbers in major Canadian markets. Plumbers
        can help improve water efficiency in homes and businesses, but
        their influence is often neglected. This pilot project aims to
        equip plumbers to take a more active role in water management.
    --  Green Communities Foundation: A grant of $50,000 will help the
        foundation remove unnecessary paving and replace it with
        greenspace, which acts as a filter and sponge for polluted
        stormwater runoff. Program partners will receive hands-on
        training with a depaving expert then return to their
        communities to depave high profile sites.
    --  Northern Environmental Action Team: A $50,000 grant will help
        provide practical storm and melt water management
        recommendations to northern communities. This project will also
        recommend improvements to northern building codes to encourage
        the installation of green infrastructure.
    --  Tides Canada Foundation: A $40,000 grant will enable a series
        of water leader workshops to encourage collaboration around
        urban water issues, while bridging the gap between
        community-based and larger scale water efforts. As a result of
        the workshops, Tides Canada will produce a research paper to
        weave together the best practices determined by the water
        leaders.
    --  Safe Drinking Water Foundation: A grant of $10,430 will provide
        Safe Drinking Water Foundation Education Kits to teachers
        located in urban centres across Canada. Due to budget cuts,
        more than 2,900 teachers are waiting for education kits to be
        sent to their schools.

BRITISH COLUMBIA
    --  Capital Regional District: A $75,000 grant will inform and
        engage residents, youth and businesses about urban water
        quality, watershed health and climate change issues through
        workshops, focus groups and social media.
    --  City of Vancouver: A $50,000 grant will help the city evaluate
        the role of rain barrels in reducing stormwater flow by
        installing rainbarrels in two Vancouver communities and
        monitoring the amount of rainwater collected and used.
    --  Regional District Okanagan Similkameen: A $15,000 grant will
        help this program educate more residents in communities with
        serious water issues through water conservation workshops and
        events. Residents who have already used the program showed a
        reduction in irrigation use, increased mulch use and more low
        flow fixtures/appliances changeovers.
    --  Local organizations: $80,000 in Community Action Grants will be


    shared by these fifteen local organizations:
  o Comox Valley Land Trust
  o Georgia Strait Alliance
  o Fraser River Discovery Centre Society
  o Osoyoos Desert Society
  o Mainstreams Environmental Society
  o Squamish River Watershed Society
  o Langley Environmental Partners Society
  o British Columbia Lake Stewardship Society
  o Seymour Salmonid Society
  o Powell River Salmon Society
  o Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition
  o Peninsula Streams Society
  o Cowichan Community Land Trust Society (Cowichan Land Trust)
  o Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society
  o Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary 
ALBERTA 


    --  Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology: A
        $50,000 grant will support a unique water education program
        (Youth Wavemakers) that informs, educates and celebrates the
        impact youth have on local and global water issues.
    --  City of Camrose: A $50,000 grant will help the city develop a
        water conservation program, including a public awareness and
        education campaign.
    --  Green Calgary: A $45,000 grant will support an education
        program about community water quality and supply issues,
        including water conservation, rain harvesting to reduce storm
        water run-off and decreasing the use of potable water for
        landscaping and toilet flushing.
    --  Helen Schuler Nature Centre (City of Lethbridge): A $40,000
        grant will help fund renovations to the Nature Centre. The
        expansion will feature displays on rainwater harvesting, and
        show how permeable surfaces enable storm water absorption.
    --  Local organizations: $50,000 in Community Action Grants will be


    shared by these seven local organizations:
  o The Miistakis Institute
  o City of Dawson Creek
  o Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley
  o City of Spruce Grove
  o Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (Southern Alberta Chapter)
  o Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Society
  o Water Matters Society of Alberta 
SASKATCHEWAN 


    --  Meewasin Valley Authority: A $30,000 grant will enable the
        Nature by Design Project to showcase innovative design and
        conservation efforts to protect the northeast swale in
        Saskatoon. The project includes restoration work, an
        awareness-raising campaign and innovative design highlights
        such as low-impact stormwater management and recreational
        facilities.
    --  Local organizations: $13,000 in Community Action Grants will be
        shared by the Regina Catholic School Division and the City of
        Moose Jaw

MANITOBA
    --  International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD): A
        grant of $50,000 will help advance an innovative project to
        capture phosphorus and prevent it from entering urban
        waterways. IISD will collaborate with key partners to harvest
        cattail and other plant species at numerous sites in Winnipeg.
        IISD will then compress the harvested plant material into a
        form that can be burned to produce bioenergy.
    --  Lake Winnipeg Foundation: A grant of $30,000 will support an
        action plan to reduce the amount of phosphorus released into
        Lake Winnipeg. The project will include collaboration with
        municipalities and educational outreach in six cities across
        the Lake Winnipeg basin.
    --  Local organizations: $33,000 in Community Action Grants will be


    shared by these four local organizations:
  o Ecolé Crane Grounds Transportation
  o West Souris River Conservation District
  o University of Winnipeg - Department of Geography
  o Brandon Riverbanks 
ONTARIO 


    --  Ottawa Riverkeeper: A $100,000 grant will support the creation
        of a web-based map that tracks the frequency and size of sewage
        spills, a common occurrence in the Ottawa River. The project
        will increase the frequency of water testing at beaches and
        popular recreation areas and will report the results using the
        Waterkeeper Swim Guide.
    --  Trout Unlimited Canada: A $100,000 grant will help improve
        water quality in the Bronte Creek Watershed through community
        engagement. Project leaders will work with community
        stakeholders to link residents to their water resources, and
        provide advice to residents wishing to undertake small
        restoration projects at home.
    --  Toronto Zoo: A grant of $50,000 will help the Great Lakes
        Program teach participants about at-risk aquatic species and
        how conservation is linked to the health of the Great Lakes.
        The program is free, interactive and curriculum-based. New
        initiatives for 2013 include expanding the program into new
        regions and rehabilitating the fishway in the Morningside
        Tributary on Toronto Zoo property.
    --  Earth Rangers Foundation: A $40,000 grant will enable further
        greening of the Earth Rangers Centre (ERC) in Woodbridge,
        Canada's highest rated LEED platinum building. The grant will
        be used to install additional meters to the existing system to
        allow better monitoring of green roofs, white roofs, rain water
        capture and reuse systems, storm water mitigation strategies
        and the waste water treatment plant.
    --  Long Point Region Conservation Authority: A $40,000 grant will
        support the installation of low-impact development
        demonstration sites (LID) to prove their feasibility and
        effectiveness. The LID sites will be a model on how to create
        green space, reuse water and incorporate stormwater controls
        into new or existing developments.
    --  Nickel District Conservation Authority: A $35,000 grant will
        support the development of low impact development (LID)
        demonstration sites to manage stormwater in commercial areas in
        the Ramsey Lake watershed. Stormwater is a key contributor to
        water quality issues and LID technologies, combined with
        re-vegetation and reforestation efforts, will decrease these
        pollutant levels.
    --  The Town of Fort Erie: A $35,000 grant will help the town
        develop a water quality monitoring program. The town has 33
        municipal drains, which drain approximately two-thirds of the
        town's stormwater into Lake Erie and the Niagara River.
    --  Local organizations: $151,000 in Community Action Grants will


    be shared by these 26 local organizations:
  o Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury
  o St. Clair Region Conservation Foundation
  o Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
  o Rouge Valley Foundation
  o Lower Trent Conservation
  o The Ecologos Institute
  o The Regional Municipality of Peel
  o Mississippi Valley Conservation
  o Durham Children's Water Festival
  o Raisin Region Conservation Authority
  o City of Hamilton (Hamilton Children's Water Festival)
  o The Museum of Ideas and Transcending Objects
  o Oxford County Trails Council
  o St. Lawrence River Institute
  o Environment Hamilton Incorporated
  o Centre for Sustainable Watersheds
  o Ladies of the Lake
  o Town of Orangeville
  o Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
  o Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
  o Friends of Ecological and Environmental Learning
  o Conservation Halton Foundation
  o Essex Region Conservation Authority
  o Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
  o Brant Waterways Foundation
  o Sierra Club Canada Foundation 
QUEBEC 


    --  L'association des scouts du Canada: A $25,000 grant will enable
        water conservation activities as part of Moot Canada 2013, a
        gathering of 5,000 Scouts between the ages of 18-25 from 100
        countries. Partnering with ONE DROP, the activities will help
        the Scouts educate the public about storm sewer management and
        water pollution.
    --  Local organizations: $43,000 in Community Action Grants will be


    shared by these nine local organizations:
  o Amis des jardins de métis
  o Nature-Action Québec
  o Groupe d'éducation et d'écosurveillance de l'eau
  o Bassin Versant Saint-Maurice
  o Groupe de recherché appliqué en macro-écologie
  o Action Saint-François
  o Fondation en environnement et développement durable
  o Fondation de l'eau Rivière du Nord
  o Comité zone d'intervention prioritaire ZIP du Haut St-Laurent 
ATLANTIC CANADA 


    --  Ecology Action Centre: A $70,000 grant will help the centre
        pilot a study to see how low-impact design methods reduce
        stormwater runoff, control pollutant loading and enhance
        groundwater infiltration.
    --  City of Bathurst: A $10,000 grant will help the city provide
        grants to low-income homeowners for decommissioning unused
        wells, repairing/replacing leaking septic systems or
        removing/replacing old metal home heating oil tanks.
    --  Local organizations: $26,350 in Community Action Grants will be


    shared by these four local organizations:
  o Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation
  o JW MacLeod Fleming Tower School
  o City of Charlottetown Water & Sewer Utility
  o Sackville Rivers Association 
CANADA / U.S. 


    --  Gulf of Maine Association: A $100,000 grant will help the Gulf
        of Maine Council, in partnership with organizations in five
        locations around the Gulf of Maine watershed, restore urban
        freshwater resources at sites in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick,
        Maine and New Hampshire.
    --  Waterkeeper Alliance: A grant of $50,000 will fund a
        Waterkeeper Swim Guide, an innovative tool that uses social
        media to connect people to their waterways. The Swim Guide
        consolidates real-time beach water quality data, converts it
        into an easy-to-understand format and delivers it free to
        anyone with a computer or mobile device. RBC has supported the
        development of Waterkeeper Swim Guides in several other regions
        with past RBC Blue Water Project grants.

UNITED STATES
    --  TreePeople: A $100,000 USD grant will enable a partnership with
        the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to create
        the city's first stormwater capture master plan, ultimately
        increasing community-based urban watershed management through
        stormwater capture and urban forestry.
    --  The Nature Conservancy of Minnesota: A $100,000 USD grant will
        fund a feasibility study on providing water funds to North
        American communities. First developed in Latin America, water
        funds create predictable funding for conservation investments,
        such as green infrastructure. Analysis increasingly shows that
        green infrastructure can reduce the need for hard
        infrastructure, reducing the cost burden on tax and ratepayers.
    --  Local organizations: $100,000 USD in Community Action Grants


    will be shared by these 19 local organizations:
  o National Audubon Society, Audubon Arizona
  o Ducks Unlimited Bennington County Chapter
  o Conservation Lands Foundation
  o Massachusetts Watershed Coalition Inc
  o Alliance for the Great Lakes
  o Friends of Casco Bay
  o Civic Works Inc.
  o Parks & People Foundation
  o Montana Audubon
  o Reeves-Reed Arboretum
  o Save The River Inc.
  o Scenic Hudson Inc.
  o Otsego Land Trust Inc.
  o Rensselaer Land Trust Inc.
  o Gundalow Company
  o Chicago Zoological Society
  o Friends of Ballona Wetlands
  o Buzzards Bay Coalition
  o Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies Inc. 
UNITED KINGDOM 


    --  London Wildlife Trust: A $100,000 grant will help volunteers
        manage a 2-km stretch along the Regent's Canal, a waterway
        running through one of the biggest urban redevelopment zones in
        Europe. The Wildlife on your Waterways will deliver water
        quality and habitat improvements to improve green
        infrastructure in the Kings Cross area.
    --  The Rivers Trust: A $35,000 grant will support a water saving
        project focused on the River Ver, highlighting the links
        between levels of domestic water consumption and water levels
        in the river. St. Albans is in one of the driest areas of the
        U.K., yet has one of the highest levels of per capita water
        consumption.

INTERNATIONAL
    --  U.K. Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (Turks and Caicos
        Islands): A $55,000 grant will help the Turks and Caicos
        National Museum demonstrate the use of harvested rainwater for
        its gardens, toilets and cleaning. The islands don't receive a
        lot of rain and rather than harvesting rainwater, many
        households and businesses use city and bottled water. The
        Museum will use the demonstration site to educate residents and
        visitors about reducing their consumption of expensive city
        water.
    --  BREDS Treasure Beach Foundation (Jamaica): A $45,000 grant will
        help the BREDS Treasure Beach Sports Park and Community Centre
        improve water storage and reduce water loss by switching to
        nighttime irrigation of the grounds, reducing water loss by at
        least 50 per cent. A large pond on the grounds will be
        refurbished to collect and store water harvested from the land
        and buildings.
    --  Peter Cullen Trust (Australia): A $40,000 grant will help the
        Science to Policy Leadership Program bring together early to
        mid-career scientists with policy makers for an experiential
        leadership course. Participants learn about bridging science
        and policy and, in the process, learn how their own skills can
        help them influence decision-making for sustainable water
        management.
    --  National Book Development Council of Singapore (Singapore): A
        $25,000 donation will help the Splash! Into Savings project
        educate youth about the importance of water. The project
        involves the creation of Asian children's picture books with
        water-themed stories and a web-based program called the
        "Sustainability Challenge" for teachers to provide training and
        experiential learning.
    --  Landcare Australia Limited (Australia): A grant of $10,000 will
        engage community volunteers in a range of urban water
        conservation activities that will protect and restore urban
        waterways and improve urban water quality around Sydney
        catchments.
    --  Local organization: A $5,000 Community Action Grant will be
        given to Jamaica Environment Trust.



André Roberts, RBC Communications, 416 974-3678,andre.roberts@rbc.com 
Alicia DeBoer, RBC Communication, 416 974-2131,alicia.deboer@rbc.com

Image with caption: "Dave McKay (Group Head, Personal & Commercial Banking, 
RBC) is joined by Craig Kielburger, Jennifer Botterill, Alexandra Cousteau and 
RBC employees who lent their 'blue thumbs' to help plant thousands of 
water-friendly gardens in Toronto today to celebrate RBC Blue Water Day. The 
more than 2,500 gardens will be transplanted to the lower Don Valley River and 
Rouge Park to help protect water in Toronto. (CNW Group/RBC)". Image available 
at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130614_C8154_PHOTO_EN_28049.jpg

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