Royal Bank of Canada 'Blue Water Project' Awards Grant to Summit Arboretum


SUMMIT, NJ - The Royal Bank of Canada's (RBC) 'Blue Water Project', described by RBC as "a wide-ranging program dedicated to protecting the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water" -- and which supports initiatives that help protect water in growing towns and cities -- has made a $6,000 to Summit's Reeves-Reed Arboretum (RRA) to support its 'Square-Foot Garden Initiative'.

The 'Blue Water Project' also "promotes responsible water use with their employees and clients" with the institution "committed to reducing the intensity of our own water footprint and encourage the growth of water businesses." Launched in 2007, the RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year global charitable commitment of $50 million to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations.

Originally developed for underserved, urban communities, the goal of 'square-foot gardening' is to teach healthy eating, nutrition, and the importance of organic gardening and water conservation to a broader and more ethnically and economically diverse constituency. 

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“'Square-foot gardening' is at the core of environmental stewardship and conservation,” according to RRA Executive Director, Frank Juliano, “and we are delighted by the continued support and dedication RBC Wealth Management and their local representative, and our advocate, Christopher J. D’Orsi, have shown towards the programs here at the Arboretum."

For more information about the 'Square Foot Garden Initiative (Let’s Get Growing!)', visit or call 908-273-8787, ext. 1010.

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