Greenleaf Communities is Protecting Resources with Local to Global Solutions

The daily flood of bad news, from the pandemic, record-breaking wildfires, floods and hurricanes, economic devastation, and racial injustice, begs the question: how do we address the root causes of these problems and achieve beneficial impact?

Greenleaf Communities seeks to discover, share and apply solutions that sustain resources – water, soil, and climate – and therefore our communities. We work with experts and scientists, including Nobel prize winners, business leaders, and partners in mission-driven organizations.

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One Water Approach: Transforming Water Management in the 21st Century

Water shortages are occurring across the globe, even in communities close to Lake Michigan that experience frequent flooding.  Freshwater represents a fraction of the water on Earth and only 0.3% is surface available. As population increases, so does the demand for freshwater. With a lack of surface water alternatives, many locations opt to supply their […]

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Advocating for Environmental Justice to Protect People and the Environment

Advocating for Environmental Justice to Protect People and the Environment Recent and current protests highlight injustices experienced by marginalized communities in America. As a rising senior seeking a degree and career in environmental service, I recently joined as an intern to Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities where environmental justice is central to the mission of […]

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Cities are critical in addressing our most pressing environmental challenges

I recently returned from Abu Dhabi where I attended a United Nations gathering on cities and the environment. I met with dozens of experts from around the world to debate ideas and draft a report on the environmental challenges that cities experience but also create, and to outline a sustainable and inclusive vision for tomorrow’s […]

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Corporations critical in mitigating climate change and influencing policy – Chicago Corporate Sustainability Meeting

Yesterday, I joined Ceres President Mindy Lubber in addressing a gathering of Chicago sustainability leaders led by Adele Simmons and hosted at the Chicago Community Trust.  Mindy emphasized the need for effective policy to achieve the scale, scope, and pace required to mitigate climate risk to businesses, investment markets, and human communities.  She argued for […]

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Climate Call to Action and Economic Policy Recommendations by Dr. Don Wuebbles and Dr. Roy Wehrle

Greenleaf works with Professors Roy Wehrle (former senior economist for President Kennedy and professor emeritus at University of Illinois-Springfield) and Don Wuebbles (leading climate scientist and professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) to address the urgency in addressing climate change and to inform carbon pricing discussions. The National Energy Transition Plan report lays out research on […]

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Protecting our natural resources on World Soil Day

On World Soil Day, we recognize the importance of protecting our soils for the health and wellbeing of society. Greenleaf works to protect soil health through our Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Initiative to advance integrated, whole systems approaches to the optimization of agricultural land management. We are grateful to work with leading organizations and […]

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