Opti and Greenleaf Advisors Announce Partnership to Bring Innovation to Stormwater Management in Illinois

OptiRTC, Inc. (Opti) today announced a partnership with Greenleaf Advisors to serve as an extension of its go-to-market team and expand its presence across Illinois. Through this partnership, Greenleaf will assist in bringing Opti’s cloud-based solutions for improved stormwater management to public entities serving communities and commercial landowners in the region.

Greenleaf and its Energy Partners present on ‘Resiliency through Cogeneration and Microgrids’ at CleanMed 2018 in San Diego

CleanMed is the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability who are on the leading edge of greening the health care sector. for their facilities. Marc Thrum of Intelligent Generation, Aaron Walters of GreenCity Power, Kate Cummings of G&W Electric, and Santanu Khan of ENGIE join John Andersen in presenting on “Resiliency through Cogeneration and Microgrids.”

HSHW 2018 at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference

The fifth Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Symposium was held March 6th and 7th at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada, Ohio. Almost 900 crop consultants, producers, and subject experts were in attendance. The series is dedicated to a whole systems approach to agricultural land management. The objective is to optimize management for healthy soils, nutritious foods, clean water, and farm profits. This year we had experts speaking on building soil health, regenerative agriculture, healthy foods, precision nutrient management, and healthy waters. We thank Randall Reeder, Alan Sundermeier (Healthy Soils Healthy Environment at OSU Extension), the CTC team, moderators, and speakers. Special thanks to our sponsors, Exactrix and TKI Crop Vitality. Speakers represented an impressive range of organizations including Ohio State University, USDA-NRCS, USDA-ARS, Iowa State University, University of Washington, Ohio Farm Bureau, The Nature Conservancy, MillerCoors, Cooper Farms, University of Waterloo, Purdue University, Legacy Farms, Agren, and farmers. Barry Fisher (Region Soil Health Team Leader, USDA-NRCS) kicked off the event by highlighting the benefits of no-till and cover crops on soil and illustrated how aggregate stability is improved in a no-till system. David Montgomery (University of Washington) spoke on the importance of “Ditching the plow, Covering Up, and Growing Diversity.” David’s books include Dirt: The Erosion of Civilization, The Hidden Half of Nature, and Growing a Revolution: Bringing the Soil Back to Life. In Growing a Revolution, David consulted many innovative producers across the world who are regenerating their soils and protecting the environment while maintaining profitability. David Brandt (Ohio producer) joined him onstage in describing practices he is using on his own farm in Ohio and the benefits he...

Proceedings from Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Symposium Published

Greenleaf Advisors, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, the Ohio State University, the University of Arkansas organized the Nutrient Management and Edge-of-Field Monitoring Conference in Memphis, TN in December 2015. 200+ of the nation’s agricultural leaders assembled at the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters (HSHW) symposium to advance sustainable practices and supportive policies for feeding a growing world population while protecting the fertile soils and surrounding water resources we depend upon. Proceedings from this event were published as a Special Issue on Edge-of-Field Monitoring for Nutrient Losses in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation (Jan/Feb 2018). Andy Ward, Andrew Sharpley, Kayla Miller, Warren Dick, James Hoorman, John Fulton, and Gregory A. LaBarge wrote this feature article on “An assessment of in-field nutrient best management practices for agricultural crop systems with subsurface...

Work on Public-Private Partnerships Initiative in the Great Lakes to address green stormwater infrastructure

Greenleaf Advisors has assisted Environmental Consulting and Technology (ECT) in evaluating market-based approaches to green infrastructure and to review reports including “Assessing the Market Size for Large-Scale Green Infrastructure in the Great Lakes Basin.” The P3GreatLakes Initiative, led by ECT and funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund, addresses the investment gap between federal funding for infrastructure and actual infrastructure needs in the Great Lakes basin.

Innovation Delivers Sustainable Solutions – Greenleaf Fall Newsletter

Storm season is raging and infrastructure is failing, at times with dire consequences. In places, intelligent infrastructure provides secure, efficient, and economic energy and water services. This newsletter highlights a few of those innovative practices by Greenleaf’s clients as well as updates on board members and partners who retired this year to continue working on their passions.

Opti Stormwater Management Platform

Opti has developed a software services platform that manages water storage assets and release rates to mitigate stormwater problems, helping cities like Philadelphia address flooding issues. Greenleaf and its services partner, Pete Mulvaney, have been working with them to advise leaders in the Great Lakes, including those in Chicago, where Opti has begun establishing a network of intelligently managed waters storage systems in their Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring...

[Board Member News] – EDF and the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and its allies last year negotiated major clean-energy legislation – known as the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act – that will double the state’s energy-efficiency portfolio, sparking some $15-billion of investment in new renewable projects, and target $750 million for clean-energy efforts in low-income communities. These changes – as well as investments in modern electric-grid controls and monitors – create new job opportunities and require new job skills. This video, prepared for Midwest Energy News, highlights several of those emerging employment prospects. Dick Munson is Director of Midwest Clean Energy at EDF and a Greenleaf Board...

John Andersen celebrates dedication of Trout Bay Conservation Area

On June 16 and 17, John Andersen joined Nature Conservancy of Canada and its many conservation partners from the U.S. and Canada to celebrate the dedication of Trout Bay Conservation Area on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  You can read more here about why those assembled have been working 15 years to protect these coastal lands and waters that support so many wide-ranging species and natural communities, including the Canada Lynx, grey wolf, peregrine falcon, arctic disjunct plants, and migratory birds. Read Wendy Cridland’s thoughtful piece on the importance of this area and it’s meaning to...