RBC donates $1.5 million to the College of Sustainability
April 22, 2013
As one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for five years running, RBC’s Earth Day donation of $1.5 million to Dalhousie’s College of Sustainability on April 22, 2013 seemed only fitting.
“One of the reasons why the College of Sustainability is so important to us is that it is so broad reaching,” said Kim Mason, the RBC Regional President for the Atlantic Region, at the event. “It really touches on all facets of the university [and] it brings together faculty and students from almost every discipline on campus.”
RBC’s donation to Dalhousie’s Bold Ambitions campaign is the bank’s largest ever in Atlantic Canada. The funding will support the college’s innovative new Sustainability Leadership Certificate (SLC) program for the next 10 years, ensuring it continues to be offered to students at minimal cost.
The SLC program is open to all undergraduate students who have taken an introductory course in sustainability. Students attend three weekend seminars and take part in engaged learning projects with community partners, giving them hands-on experiences in turning sustainability ideas into real, practical gains.
Steve Mannell, director of the College of Sustainability, said he was surprised at first to learn that one of Canada’s largest banks was interested in supporting the College of Sustainability’s SLC program. It made sense though, once he learned more about RBC’s commitment to sustainability.
“The bank is interested in doing good, just as everybody else is: through their business and also through their foundations and their giving programs,” he said. “They’re interested in not just serving the world they’re accustomed to, but also imagining what the future might be.”
The donation marks the beginning of a new partnership between the RBC Foundation and the College, said Mason. “The Dalhousie College of Sustainability is an opportunity for us to walk the talk, basically, to put our money where our mouth is,” she said.