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RBC BANK TO PARTICIPATE IN WORLDWIDE EARTH HOUR MARCH 28

10 RBC Bank Buildings Cut the Lights as Kick-off to Earth Month


WHAT:

RBC Bank announced today it will join thousands of organizations around the world to support Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28, 2009, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time. Earth Hour is a global lights-out initiative coordinated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to encourage people and organizations to be part of the solution against climate change.

“Participating in Earth Hour is just one of the many ways for us to demonstrate our commitment to combating climate change and to show our support for the World Wildlife Fund,” said Molly Sapienza, senior manager, community marketing for RBC Bank. “We are encouraging our clients, employees and communities to participate in Earth Hour and to raise awareness of the importance of reducing the environmental footprint we each leave behind.”

RBC Bank joins its parent company, RBC, as RBC employees around the world observe Earth Hour. Ten RBC Bank buildings throughout the Southeast will participate by turning off all non-essential lighting for the full hour.

If you would like to register your individual support, visit Earth Hour's registration page: http://www.earthhour.org/about/.

WHEN:

Saturday, March 28, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Local Time

WHERE:

Regional Headquarters buildings in Raleigh, N.C. (RBC Plaza, Highwoods and Glenwood); Atlanta, Ga; Rocky Mount, N.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; Huntsville, Ala.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Orlando, Fl.; and Norfolk, Va.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Molly Sapienza, senior manager, community marketing, RBC Bank

BACKGROUND:

RBC has received many awards and recognition for its commitment to environmental sustainability. In 2009, RBC was named one of the world's top 100 sustainable companies. RBC is also listed on the 2008-2009 Dow Jones Sustainability Index, recognizing the world's financial, social and environmental corporate leaders, as well as the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC was among 67 companies named to the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index 2008, a prestigious honor roll of world leaders at understanding and managing the financial risks and opportunities resulting from climate change. In 2007, RBC released the RBC Environmental Blueprint, the company's approach to lending responsibly, reducing the intensity of its environmental footprint, and developing environmental products and services.

About RBC Bank
RBC Bank, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., offers a wide range of financial services and advice to individuals, businesses and public institutions throughout the Southeast. RBC Bank’s network includes more than 430 full-service banking centers, an extensive ATM network and telephone and online banking. RBC Bank is the 40th largest U.S. bank by consolidated assets, according to the Federal Reserve Statistical Release June 30, 2008. RBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (RY on the TSX and NYSE), Canada's largest and most stable bank as measured by assets and market capitalization. Global Finance Magazine named RBC the best bank in Canada in October 2008, and the safest bank in Canada for 10 consecutive years, from 1999-2008. RBC is also one of the world’s financial, social and environmental corporate leaders for the past eight years as on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Additional information about RBC Bank may be found at www.rbcbankusa.com.

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For more information:
Dorsey Landis
RBC Bank/(919) 788-6272
Dorsey.Landis@rbc.com