RBC Foundation's $100-million commitment helps propel charities and universities developing solutions from carbon sequestration to cleantech and biodiversity.
The effects of climate change connect us all. They continue to permeate all communities and sectors of the economy. As a result, our shared future faces great challenges—from food security and access to clean water, to air quality and increasing energy needs. There has never been a greater need for extraordinary solutions—or more opportunity for leadership, collaboration, ingenuity and vision.
RBC’s Climate Blueprint outlines the enterprise strategy to accelerate clean economic growth and support clients in a socially inclusive transition to net-zero. It believes the innovative use of data and technology can fundamentally transform and improve the world we live in.
Established in 2019, RBC Tech for Nature supports this strategic focus. It helps over 100 partner organizations at the forefront of protecting our natural ecosystem to conduct innovative research focused on solving pressing environmental challenges.
“With the impacts of climate change affecting all communities and sectors of the economy, we are working closely with our clients and partners to deliver constructive solutions leadership, collaboration, ingenuity, and vision to achieve the transition to net zero,” says Mark Beckles, vice president, Social Impact & Innovation at RBC. “RBC Tech for Nature partners are developing solutions for a greener future and are working to get us all there faster.”
“As a society, we need to chart out our shared path towards a smart transition. That is why developing a diverse network of partnerships has never been more important,” explains Valerie Chort, vice president, Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability at RBC. “With our continued investment in RBC Tech for Nature, we are harnessing the power and ambition of environmental science, innovation, and community to co-create solutions and build the sustainable, inclusive future we all want to see.”
Bringing together community partners, technology experts, the public and private sectors—and RBC’s own capabilities and convening power—RBC Tech for Nature is building the multi-partner coalitions needed to protect the environment. RBC Tech for Nature projects can be broken down as follows:
The 2022 RBC Tech for Nature partners include:
Canada is home to approximately 25 percent of the world’s remaining wetlands, yet it is one of the few developed nations without a national wetland inventory and monitoring system. However, with RBC Tech for Nature’s support, DUC is advancing its mapping efficiencies by fusing light detection and ranging (LiDAR) methods, multi-temporal high-resolution satellite imagery, and machine learning to classify wetlands. DUC and its conservation partners have mapped almost 28 percent of Canada to date, with approximately 30,000 km2 of priority habitat in Alberta planned to be covered through RBC’s support.
In the U.S.
RBC Tech for Nature is supporting two innovative projects the TPL has launched in partnership with American Forests, the Land Trust Alliance, and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. The Conservation Carbon Map and Urban Drawdown Initiative will identify where and how strategic conservation, urban greening, and carbon management efforts can capture and store carbon, preserve ecosystems, and improve climate resiliency in cities and natural environments across the US. These projects leverage the latest data, science, and technology to drive community action for natural climate solutions.
In order to positively influence our environment, we need to address the issues at hand and how we plan on confronting them. RBC continues to leverage technology capabilities in areas such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and app development to work with charitable partners to address pressing environmental challenges.
Learn more about RBC Tech for Nature and view the complete list of partners we support.