About Greenleaf Communities

Greenleaf Communities was established as a nonprofit organization to advance a healthy and sustainable world. We design and support sound scientific research led by some of the country’s leading experts on the environment in order to provide solutions concerning the health and well-being of society.


Our programs focus on addressing the environmental sources of human health concerns. Therefore, the research we support investigates the most basic and important natural resources we have: the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soils which provide the food we eat.


Greenleaf’s strength lies within its staff, board, and service partners. Our interdisciplinary teams integrate environmental factors and human health goals into all of our research projects.


Your donations enable our work to advance healthy environments for healthy people. They are what allows us to continue building and working with projects integral to the protection of natural resources and human health.

Program Priorities

Healthy Soils

Aligning soil, plant, and nutrition science with agricultural producers and buyers. Healthy Soils for Healthy People optimizes agronomic practices for healthy soils, nutritious foods, clean water, and farm economics.

Sustainable Water

Protecting water quality and quantity both in the urban and rural/agricultural landscapes by influencing water management and water conservation practices.

Resilient Cities

Supporting the establishment of the Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Illinois to serve cities with multidisciplinary knowledge that makes them more livable, prosperous, resilient and sustainable.