Protecting Land, Water, and Atmospheric Resources

On August 30th, John Andersen presented with Greenleaf board members, Dr. Don Wuebbles of the University of Illinois and Dr. Sabina Shaikh of the University of Chicago, in Lake Forest on “Protecting Land, Water, and Atmospheric Resources for Human Health.” John Andersen shared the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters and Healthy Food initiative and discussed how complex environmental challenges require integrated whole systems approaches to their resolution. He discussed how Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities bridge enterprises across areas of expertise and interests to achieve results, including the application of expert scientific knowledge to inform public policies and industry practices. Dr. Don Wuebbles spoke about his climate research and establishment of the University of Illinois’ new Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (Illinois CURES).  Dr. Wuebbles shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on Climate Change and is the lead author of the most recent U.S. climate assessment report.  His earlier research was the scientific foundation to the Montreal Protocol, a global treaty signed by 197 nations to protect humanity from depletion of Earth’s protective atmospheric ozone layer resulting from industrial pollution. Dr. Sabina Shaikh presented her research on the connections between environmental quality and human well-being. Dr. Shaikh is Director of the Program on Global Environment at the University of Chicago where she leads the Environment, Agriculture, and Food working group. Dick Munson gave a brief overview of his recent book, Tesla: Inventor of the Modern. Dick is Director of EDF’s Midwest Clean Energy, where he works to advance the use of clean energy in Illinois, Ohio, and...

Innovation Drives Sustainable Solutions

Turn on an electronic switch, and a myriad of services flows our way – increasingly from sustainable energy sources that are being delivered to us in intelligent fashion – just ask our colleagues at Intelligent Generation or GreenCity Power who deliver clean affordable power to customers as profiled below. Turn on the freshwater tap, and a seemingly endless flow of refreshment springs forth – however its sources are increasingly stressed by over-use and pollution – just ask our colleagues participating in the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Initiative, or EP Purification whose affordable ozone products are cleaning water in 24 countries. Below are a few highlights from 2015 wherein Greenleaf clients and partners advanced innovative solutions to the sustainable use of land, water, material and energy resources. GreenCity Power demonstrated to New York City how best to design efficient co-generation energy systems when it re-commissioned the city’s largest natural gas sourced system at One Penn Plaza.  It also raised $100 Million to deliver highly efficient systems for electricity, heating, and cooling to customers seeking improved profits and energy security which is of special interest to communities at risk of ‘Sandy’ type storms along the coastline. Aaron Walters, Managing Partner of GreenCity Power, will be presenting on cogeneration at the CleanMed Conference in Dallas this May. Intelligent Generation was issued its third patent protecting the Intellectual Property created by IG founder, Jay Marhoefer, who operates IG’s network of energy storage assets like a virtual power plant to participate in wholesale power markets, making solar profitable across the thirteen state PJM marketplace (Midwest to Mid-Atlantic). EP Purification advanced the development and market application of...

Celebrating World Soil Day today – Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Conference in Memphis

December 4, 2015 – World Soil Day Celebrating World Soil Day today – Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Conference in Memphis This week 200+ of the nation’s agricultural leaders assembled in Memphis, TN at the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters (HSHW) symposium to advance sustainable practices and supportive policies for feeding a growing world population while protecting the fertile soils and surrounding water resources we depend upon.  The timing of our gathering was perfect given that today is World Soil Day with global events echoing our call for preservation of the planet’s envelop of productive soils that drape our globe.  You can find here the full agenda of the Nutrient Management conference that focused on the Great Lakes and Mississippi watersheds, which drain two thirds of the continental United States.  The day one HSHW symposium included presentations from across the business, policy, research, and environmental sectors and you can find summaries of their talks here. Days two and three saw a continuation of the HSHW themes with presentations from various regions. But allow me to highlight just a few comments, especially from the producers (farmers) who know best what it takes to manage and protect their lands. Dan DeSutter, a producer from Indiana, reminded us that ‘nature is our template’ … it is complex and we must study and mimic it in our actions as we work to effectively pump carbon back into plant roots to grow organic matter, while facilitating soil biology and increasing diversity which is a hallmark of healthy natural systems.  He reminds us there ‘is more living matter in a teaspoon of soil than people...