Thursday, October 16, 2014

RBC donates $12,000 to Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology

Rob McGregor, IUE Executive Director.
Douglas College has received a $12,000 donation from RBC that will support educational programming for youth and community members around ecological and environmental issues.

The RBC Foundation funds will go towards two major programs run by Douglas College’s Institute of Urban Ecology: the Environmental Education Workshops and the User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden (UNIBUG).

“We are very grateful to receive this generous donation and continued support from RBC. This donation will be instrumental in allowing us to continue our work educating youth about ecological and environmental issues and the larger community about ecological approaches to food production,” says Rob McGregor, Executive Director of the Institute of Urban Ecology.

“At RBC, we believe interactive education programs help bring excitement into learning and compliment school programming. RBC is long-time supporter of Douglas College’s Institute of Urban Ecology and its educational initiatives. We are proud to support these unique programs that take kids on an adventure in learning, and enlighten and engage the broader public,” says Jennifer Cabeldu, RBC Manager, Donations, Brand and Communications, B.C. Region.

Founded in 1984, the Institute of Urban Ecology conducts research, organizes community projects and delivers educational workshops on issues related to ecology in urban areas. Its newest project is the UNIBUG program, which has been educating the public about beneficial insects in urban gardens. For many years, the institute has also been presenting educational workshops to school and community groups across Metro Vancouver, highlighting the value of nature in the city.