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RBTT Young Leaders tackle water

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Students of Brazil High School explain plans for using recycled water in farming to RBTT Young Leaders Coordinator, Helen Arismandez during a visit to the school on February 18. This year, third and fourth form students were challenged to develop new and innovative methods of water conservation and management in addressing the theme Water: Beyond the Surface—Sustaining Life, Securing our Future.

More than 5,000 Third and Fourth Form students in T&T, Antigua, Grenada, St Kitts/Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent are mobilising their communities and spreading the word on the importance of water to man’s survival and advancement. Students are responding to the 2010/2011 RBTT Young Leaders challenge to develop new and innovative methods of water conservation and management in addressing the theme Water: Beyond the Surface—Sustaining Life, Securing our Future. RBTT’s Regional Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Anna-Maria Kurbanali said: “Fresh Water is a finite resource which is fundamental to all life on earth and it is important that steps be taken now to preserve our water resources. “By sensitising our young people they can begin to practice water conservation from early on while encouraging others in their communities to become involved in water sustainability.”

Projects by this year’s young leaders include a water filtration system; the use of recycled water in hydroponic agriculture; a device that captures and stores water from washing hands for use in toilets; and a Water Management Fair to educate and raise awareness in the community. Members of the public are encouraged to support the Young Leaders by participating in their community-focused initiatives. The adjudication stage of the Young Leaders programme begins in April. Judges will select the top ten projects that demonstrate creativity, sustainability and community-wide impact. 

Next, the Most Outstanding Young Leader will be selected following a round-table discussion by this year’s nominees in May. Winners will be announced at a gala Awards Ceremony on June 10, the eve of RBC Blue Water Day. On June 11, RBC and RBTT employees worldwide will observe RBC Blue Water Day to raise awareness of the significance of water and promote its sustainability. At RBC and RBTT, water protection is a major focus. Through the RBC Blue Water Project, the bank has pledged Can$50 million in grants over ten years to non-profit organisations that support research and projects that protect watersheds and provide or ensure access to clean drinking water. Since 2007, Can$25 million in grants have been disbursed.


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