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 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 of U.S. policy to […]

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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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Harvard Business School Event: Risks, Opportunities, and Investment in the Era of Climate Change

Risks, Opportunities, and Investment in the Era of Climate Change On March 4, I joined alumni at Harvard Business School’s Program on Business and The Environment to discuss climate risk to investment value and consider what can be done about it. Speakers came from as far away as Japan (Hiro Mizuno, CIO of Japan Government’s $1.6 trillion […]

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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 Change Central to Investment Decisions

Yesterday, BlackRock chairman and CEO Larry Fink announced that it will make climate change central to its investment considerations and reallocate a significant part of its capital. As the world’s largest asset manager, its (partial) divestments from companies producing coal and other fossil fuels indicates a shift within financial markets. Investors and companies are increasingly […]

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