New policy report on how U.S. Climate Policy can Drive Foreign Policy

In our effort to contribute to policy solutions, we offer this brief by Dr. Roy Wehrle, Dr. Don Wuebbles, and Dr. Francine van den Brandeler, entitled U.S. Climate Policy Driving Foreign Policy. The United States has a unique opportunity to enlist other nations in effective climate action by adopting a strong climate policy at home.  […]

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Advancing regenerative agriculture and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through carbon markets

Innovation in soil sensors and monitoring technologies affords opportunities for water efficiency, carbon sequestration, and nutrient cycling in agricultural soils. In March, Greenleaf Communities held a workshop on Sensor Technologies and Applications to Soil Health with researchers, producers, and technology representatives to explore monitoring technologies and how sensors can be used to measure soil health […]

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Imagine a Day Without Water: Lake Michigan and water shortages in northern Illinois

Chicago borders one of the world’s greatest sources of freshwater – Lake Michigan. Its unique geography and the assurance of a constant supply of this essential resource has spurred the region’s population growth and economic development, cemented its position as a transportation hub and helped create today’s dynamic metropolis. When I first moved to Chicago, […]

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New report by the Climate Solutions Lab at Brown University supports Climate Club approach to address the global climate crisis

Addressing the unprecedented climate crisis requires domestic climate policy as well as collaborative global action. A report released this month by the Climate Solutions Lab at the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University puts the spotlight on these linkages by proposing 10 opportunities for the next U.S. president to place climate […]

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New research by the Climate Leadership Council shows that pricing carbon will strengthen U.S. trade competitiveness

Recent studies show a carbon tax and dividend approach would increase investment in clean energy technologies, create new jobs, and improve household finances, while reducing carbon emissions. However, some argue carbon pricing would make domestic industries less competitive than countries without carbon pricing. A new report by the Climate Leadership Council dispels this myth through […]

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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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Chicago Tribune Op-Ed on “How the US could lead a Global Climate Compact”

As the world continues to suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also witnessed unprecedented devastation linked to our changing climate, from wildfires in California to hurricanes in the South. One thing these two crises have in common is that they can only be solved if nations unite behind the science and collaborate with each […]

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Report – Managing Climate Risk in The U.S. Financial System

Every investor and investment manager who recognizes the importance of managing risk should read the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission report – Managing Climate Risk in The U.S. Financial System.  It concludes that climate change poses a severe threat to financial systems and that financial regulators must address these risks immediately.  The number #1 priority […]

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August 17th –  “Protecting our Climate, Water, and Soil through Local to Global Solutions”

Greenleaf bridges expertise in science, policy, and business to advance solutions for a healthy and sustainable world. On August 17th, we presented on climate mitigation and adaptation, a ‘One Water’ approach in northern Illinois, and building resilient agricultural systems for soil health, carbon sequestration, and water quality/quantity benefits. John Andersen led off by reflecting on […]

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Addressing Climate Change Using A Carbon Tax & Dividend Plan Within A Global Compact

By Dr. Roy Wehrle, Dr. Don Wuebbles, and Dr. Francine van den Brandeler (full report available here) The existential challenge of a rapidly changing climate requires America’s leadership, vision and innovation to bring on decisive and unifying national and global climate policies. The adoption of a Carbon Tax and Dividend approach is a necessary component […]

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