Joliet selects Chicago as its future water supplier – an important step forward towards improved, integrated regional water solutions

Yesterday, under the looming threat of severe water shortages, the City of Joliet, located 30 miles Southwest of Chicago, made a decision that will profoundly impact its residents for decades: it chose the City of Chicago as its new water supplier. Its groundwater has been rapidly declining and could be depleted by 2030 without a […]

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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.  This […]

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Bobby Howard on the Solar Podcast with Tim Montague of Continental Energy Solutions

Bobby Howard spoke on utility scale solar development with Tim Montague of Continental Energy Solutions (CES) on the Solar Podcast. Bobby leads Greenleaf’s energy work assisting clients such as Intelligent Generation with strategic initiatives, business development, and capital fundraising.  He joined Greenleaf Advisors from Invenergy, North America’s largest independent provider of renewable electricity, where he led the […]

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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 at […]

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“Distributed energy resources can hide in plain sight in our homes, businesses and communities, but their power is mighty”

FERC Opens Wholesale Markets to Distributed Energy Resources The title quote from Chairman Chatterjee is in reference to the growing influence on the electrical grid of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, and electric vehicles. According to FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the ultimate energy regulatory body in the US), 65-380 […]

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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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