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RBC helps fund effort to plant trees to shade Kingston Transit shelters

June 10, 2014 -

When:  8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 12    

Where:  Kingston Transit shelter at 833 Montreal St. (at Village Drive)

Who:  Mayor Mark Gerretsen, Kevin Brenders, Vice President and Branch Manager, RBC Dominion Securities, City and Sustainable Kingston staff

What:  Planting of bus shelter shade tree.

With this effort, RBC becomes one of the first organizations to take public climate action under the just released Kingston Climate Action Plan.


Tree planters: City Tree Inspector Eugene Conners, John Johnson of Sustainable Kingston, Kevin Brenders, RBC Branch Manager, Michael Adamcryck, Regional Vice President- Retail Banking, Alison Braga, Account Manager- Commercial Banking, and Mayor Mark Gerretsen.

RBC has partnered with the City, Sustainable Kingston and the Kresge Foundation in an effort to add trees to shade hot Kingston Transit bus shelters.

As part of its Blue Water Project, RBC Kingston has donated $4,000 to match funds from the Kresge Foundation to support the planting of trees at hot locations along the City's new enhanced commuter bus routes.  Thursday, June 12 is RBC's Blue Water Day.

The RBC Blue Water Project is dedicated to protecting the world's fresh water. In 2013-2014, it is supporting initiatives that help protect water in towns and cities. Trees not only provide shade for people waiting for the bus – they also prevent soil erosion and water run-off. 

"Planting a tree is an important climate and freshwater-friendly action that can people can take to help our community. Through the Blue Water Project, RBC is proud to be a part of this," says Kevin Brenders, Vice President and Branch Manager, RBC Dominion Securities.

RBC promotes responsible water use among its own employees and clients and is committed to reducing the intensity of its water footprint and encourages the growth of water businesses.

Working as an emerging member of the provincial Sustainability CoLab network, Sustainable Kingston is leading a climate change initiative encouraging Kingston businesses and organizations, like RBC, to take steps to reduce their carbon footprints.

For more on the Kingston Climate Action Plan: www.CityofKingston.ca/climateactionplan

For more on Sustainable Kingston: www.SustainableKingston.ca

RBC Blue Water Project: www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/environment/rbc-blue-water/

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer 613-546-4291, extension 3116. Or call Communications 613-546-4291, ext 2300.

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