“It takes a long time, but it’s worth it!”
It takes a long time for an ecosystem to develop, as well as to decline. They lose vitality gradually, until after years of abuse the damage becomes impossible to ignore. Sustainable solutions can take a long time to develop as well. Consider soil — it took eons of time for generations of life to decay and lay down litter and nutrient to build the foundation of our food supply – the plants that blanket earth’s mantle. That soil is eroding at a rate of 1.72 billion tons per year on U.S. croplands, running off unhealthy fields that are compacted by overuse of crops and suffocated by poor tillage practices. Poor agronomic practices erode future food supplies and degrade water resources.
Today, environmental issues are being addressed in one of the largest movements in conservation history — networks are forming across science, business, government, and capital communities that are committed to truly sustainable progress.
Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters (HSHW) Series convenes with Hypoxia Task Force and SERA-46
Join us this December as we advance whole system, integrated approaches to protecting the soil and water resources that feed, fuel, and nourish our society. The third HSHW gathering will be held in Memphis, TN in coordination with the Nutrient Management and Edge of Field Monitoring from the Gulf to the Great Lakes Conference. It is planned in coordination with the Soil & Water Conservation Society, the Hypoxia Task Force, SERA-46 Land Grant Universities, and with steering committee members across research, industry, environmental, and policy sectors.
New USDA National Conservation Practice Standard is approved for gypsum soil amendment
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has approved a new national practice standard for the use of gypsum as a soil amendment, thanks to many years of contributing scientific research and practice experience by several of Greenleaf’s board members and clients. Read more about how they helped lead the modern day advancement of an ancient agronomic practice for its contributions to soil health and water quality.
Ohio and Indiana research reveals sustainable farm practices
Recent research results in the Maumee Basin of Ohio (led by The Ohio State University) and the Walnut Creek watershed in Indiana (led by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) demonstrate how gypsum helps sediment and nutrients stay on the land and out of the water – nutrient concentrations leaving the fields declined by as much as 50%. This research informs the growing policies supporting a promising tool to prevent harmful blue green algae blooms, like the one that shut down Toledo’s drinking water last summer.
Intelligent Generation profiled in Energy Storage and Electricity Markets Report
Intelligent Generation (IG) and its partnership with S&C Electric were recently profiled in this report by the Clean Energy Group Foundation. The report (redistributed with permission) explores the value of storage to the power system and the importance of electricity markets in energy storage economics. IG led a Clean Energy Group webinar today, covering Electricity Markets and the Economics of Energy Storage – view the recording here.
Protecting land and water on the northern coast of Lake Superior
More than ten years ago, The Nature Conservancy of Canada set out to protect priority places of biodiversity value on the northern coastline of Lake Superior – they purchased Wilson Island Group in Lake Superior for its long term conservation. Last year, they purchased the Powder Islands on this same archipelago as well as a portion of Caribou Island in Thunder Bay Harbour. Today, they are working toward the conservation purchase of the coveted Trout Bay holdings that are rich in biodiversity and coastal ecosystem values. Greenleaf’s partners have been working for many decades to protect this biodiversity hot spot and we are delighted to be part of the continuing journey and welcome your interest. Read more here.
It takes the engagement of diverse talent
Greenleaf’s board and partners represent a remarkable group of skilled and experienced professionals working across the disciplines of science, business, capital and policy to advance the protection of land, water, material, and energy resources. In this issue, we feature four members who have advanced the sustainable use of land resources with a shared background and interest in agriculture. Read what our summer interns, Will Carey and Jamie Passaglia, have to say about their conversations with these Greenleaf leaders: Darrell Norton, Pierre Jacinthe, Ron Chamberlain, and Kurt Little (pictured above celebrating 30 years at the global real estate leader, Jones Lang LaSalle).
It takes a long time—to convene stakeholders, analyze and debate issues, share and respect perspectives, arrive at common ground, and take intelligent and informed action to sustain land, water, material and energy resources that benefit society with their ecosystem services. But it took a lot more time for nature to generate those natural resources and the services they provide to us! The relatively short time period of our careful business-minded stewardship is well worth the long-term preservation of the environmental capital that we depend upon. Please share with us your thoughts about how Greenleaf can serve you in the advancement of a healthy and sustainable world.
John A. Andersen, Jr.
President, Greenleaf Advisors