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RBC Bank Supports Local Watershed Protection Project


Bank Donates $5,000 to Upstate Forever organization for its 2011 “Saving Lake Greenwood” Campaign


Pictured from left to right, John Tynan (Upstate Forever), Brad Wyche (Executive Director, Upstate Forever), Matt Gearhart (Banking Center Manager, RBC Bank)

Raleigh, N.C. – February 14, 2011 – RBC Bank recently contributed $5,000 to Upstate Forever, a nonprofit organization that promotes sensible growth and protects special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina. The contribution is part of the bank’s RBC Blue Water Project, a global pledge of $50 million in grants over 10 years to help protect fresh water in many parts of the earth.

Upstate Forever covers 10 counties across the Upstate region of South Carolina, focusing on Land Trusts, Clean Air and Water and Sustainable Communities. The bank’s contribution will support the organization’s Clean Air and Water Program, which aims to promote water-friendly development in the I-85 corridor, to encourage sustainable lakeshore and lake water quality management practices along Upstate reservoirs, and to protect and restore the highest quality streams in the Blue Ridge region.

“We are thrilled to know that RBC’s Blue Water grant will help with sustaining fresh water in our local communities such as Greenville,” said Shirley Edmond, regional manager for RBC Bank. “We believe that the preservation of the environment is fundamental to the sustainability of our communities, our clients and our company.”

The funds will be used to support the organization’s 2011 “Saving Lake Greenwood Campaign”, an effort to reduce phosphorus pollution that fuels algae blooms threatening the health of Lake Greenwood and vibrancy of surrounding communities. The goal of the campaign is to both limit phosphorus from all wastewater treatment plants in the watershed and to work with upstream communities to establish policies and incentives that reduce phosphorus and sediment in runoff. Together, these activities will lead to a 25-50% reduction in phosphorus pollution and will help to ensure a sustainable future for Lake Greenwood. For more information, you may visit

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