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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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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Join us in September for a webinar series on “Agricultural Management Practices and Data Usage for Soil Health”

Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Webinar Series: Agricultural Management Practices and Data Usage for Soil Health Register for sessions at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YLfxAJHsRvikmbqRwiKvig The Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters (HSHW) Series is dedicated to the development of multidisciplinary and whole system management practices for the agricultural lands that impact our nation’s waters. This Webinar Series for September […]

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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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